Langdale CE Primary School recognises the importance of providing an ethos and environment that will help children to feel safe, secure and respected; encourage them to talk openly; and enable them to feel confident that they will be listened to.
Schools do not operate in isolation. The welfare of children is the corporate responsibility of the entire Local Authority, working in partnership with other public agencies, the voluntary sector and service users and carers. All Local Authority services have an impact on the lives of children and families, and Local Authorities have a particular responsibility for children and families most at risk of social exclusion.
We recognise that it is essential to establish positive and effective working relationships with other agencies. Professionals can only work together to safeguard children if there is an exchange of relevant information between them. The school follows LA inter-agency safeguarding procedures (as endorsed by the Cumbria Safeguarding Children Board), will work within the Cumbia SCB Multi-agency Thresholds Guidance and has links with the Local Authority, the School Health Service, the local Police, Children’s Centres and the Education Social Care Service.
We recognise the importance of information sharing between professionals and local agencies and take account of guidance issued in "Working Together to safeguard children"; "Information Sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers" and the Cumbria SCB "Information Sharing Protocol".
Where it is believed that a child is suffering from, or is at risk of, significant harm, we will follow the referral procedures as outlined on the Cumbria SCB website and within the school Child Protection Policy and procedures. In other cases where the child or family would benefit from early intervention, we will put in place appropriate 'early help' strategies, working with other agencies as appropriate and where necessary.
We are a KidSafe UK registered school, enabling our school staff to deliver age-appropriate child protection / safeguarding programmes to children throughout the school.
We are an Operation Encompass school. Operation Encompass directly connects the police with schools to secure better outcomes for children who are subject or witness to police-attended incidents of domestic abuse. Rapid provision of support within the school environment means children are better safeguarded against the short-, medium- and long-term effects of domestic abuse.
The school's Designated Safeguarding Officer is Mrs R Underwood