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In our school family, we want all children to be happy and safe. In our school, we respect all children and adults and help to keep them safe, strong and free. We do our best to help all children make good progress in their learning. We teach the children how to keep themselves safe in different situations and how to protect themselves.
Our priority is to keep all the children in our school safe. We encourage children to talk to the staff and confide in them if they have any worries. We listen carefully to children and generate a caring and considerate atmosphere where children can feel able to discuss their problems freely with others.
Designated Safeguarding Lead:Tanya Clark
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Kelly Archer and Tom Thorne
Our staff are well trained and Safeguarding procedures in school are professionally and confidentially carried out when required. Information is passed on purely on a ‘need to know basis.’
We also value the importance of equipping children with lifelong skills. Learning about how to be safe is an important part of our learning across the school.
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St. Mark’s are taking part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Devon and Cornwall Police. It is called Operation Encompass and involves the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.
Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff, 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 experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, 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.
The government has launched a campaign called ‘Together we can tackle child abuse’. The resources, aimed at everyone in the community, includes five very short videos explaining physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and online abuse.
The simple mnemonic, ABC, is used to remind people that they should look out for changes in appearance, behaviour and/or communication. The webpage has a search engine to find out where to report abuse.
For more information, go to: https://tacklechildabuse.campaign.gov.uk