Safeguarding

keeping your children safe

Gorran School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as “Designated Safeguarding Leads” in school in compliance with the “sharing of information” guidance.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Jonathan Sleep, Headteacher. The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Teresa Towe, Year 5/6 teacher. The Governor responsible for Safeguarding is Richard Jones.

If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at Gorran School please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead who knows who to contact for the best advice and help and is experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.

For the best interests of all our children we use the following safeguarding measures:

Cause for Concern

Staff members are asked to report any causes for concern to the School Safeguarding Team using a written proforma. Any concerns will be shared with parents as early as possible as more often that not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children ‘disclosing’ concerns.

Operation Encompass

Gorran School is part of Operation Encompass. Operation Encompass is a Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.

Under Operation Encompass, we get a report, before the start of the next  school day, when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening.

The information is given in strict confidence to a school’s Key Adults to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child. For more information, click here.

Attendance

All lateness and absences are recorded by the School Administrator. Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness. Attendance is monitored through these systems and referrals to the Safeguarding Team can be made. Parents will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point. If attendance concerns continue the school will refer to the Education Welfare Officer

Documents and links

Below are links to the school’s Safeguarding policies and also to useful websites.

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Children Partnership website (essential safeguarding information)

e-safety page

Safeguarding Policy – September 2016

Whistleblowing Policy

NSPCC website