Richard Clarke First School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Full DBS clearance is required for all adults who work alongside children. This means that we have a Safeguarding Policy in place that all staff (that includes supply staff, volunteers and governors) must ensure they are aware of.

Sometimes we need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there is a concern about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about pupils are discussed with his/her parents first unless we believe that such a move would be contrary to a child’s welfare.

People responsible for safeguarding are:

Designated Safeguarding lead: Mrs Kay Hanson – Headteacher
Deputy Safeguarding leads: Mrs Danielle Austin – Assistant Head Teacher and Mrs Katie Read – Early Years Lead
Nominated governor for Safeguarding: Mrs Julie Wood, deputy is Mrs Carol Smart

If you need support and advice or have any concerns, please contact: Staffordshire Children’s Advice and Support (SCAS)

0300 111 8007       8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Thursday, 8.30am- 4.30pm Friday

or  EDS (out of hours) Tel No. 0345 604 2886

Non-emergency – call Staffordshire Police on 101

If you think a child or young person is at immediate risk of harm – dial 999 to contact the Police.

Operation Encompass

Our school is part of a project that will run jointly between schools and Staffordshire Police.

Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has experienced, any domestic abuse.

Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff, (Designated Safeguarding Lead) known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties.

s experienced by children, or their families, who have been experienced a domestic abuse incident.

We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.


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