Safeguarding & e-Safety

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: Mr Daniel Hindhaugh – Assistant Head Teacher and Mrs Katie Read – Early Years Lead
Nominated governor for Safeguarding: Mr Neil Lowther or Carol Smart

If you need support and advice or have any concerns, please contact Staffordshire County Council’s First Response Service on 0800 13 13 126. If you need to make a call out of office hours, you should contact the Emergency Duty Service on 0845 604 2886. 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.

Parents & Children – Find out more about e-safety

At school the children are able to use the internet to enhance our learning.  We are however committed to keeping children safe on line. Follow the links to the Think U Know website to learn more about e-safety.

Think U Know!


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Find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom, at home or just to get with it. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online. All the information here is brought to you by the team at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.

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If you are 5, 6 or 7 I bet you probably like to use the computer for fun. We’ve made this website to help you go on the internet in a safe way and know who to talk to if you are worried.


If you’re between 8 and 10, you probably know a lot about using the internet. We’ve created this area for you to show you what we think is good, look at what’s not and show you ways you can get yourself out of bad situations.

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CEOP’s ThinkUknow parents section!

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