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Definition of Safeguarding

In relation to children and young people, safeguarding and promoting their welfare is defined in ‘working together to safeguard children’ as:

· Promoting children from maltreatment

· Preventing impairment of children’s health or development

· Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care

· Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes


Operation Encompass

At Wicklewood Primary School & Nursery we are working in partnership with Norfolk Constabulary and Norfolk Children’s Services to identify and provide appropriate support to pupils who have experienced domestic violence in their household; this scheme is called Operation Encompass. In order to achieve this, Norfolk Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub will share police information of all domestic incidents where one of our pupils has been present with the Designated Safeguarding Lead(s). On receipt of any information, the Designated Safeguarding Lead will decide on the appropriate support the child requires, this could be silent or overt. All information sharing and resulting actions will be undertaken in accordance with the ‘Norfolk Joint Agency Protocol for Domestic Abuse – Notifications to Schools’. We will record this information and store this information in accordance with the record keeping procedures outlined in this policy.

Safeguarding action may be needed to protect children and learners from:

· Neglect

· Physical Abuse

· Sexual Abuse

· Emotional Abuse

· Bullying, including online bullying and prejudice-based bullying

· Racist, disability and homophobic or transphobic abuse

· Gender – based violence/violence against women and girls

· Peer-on – peer, such as sexual abuse violence and harassment

· Radicalisation and/or extremist behaviour

· Child sexual exploitation and trafficking

· Child criminal exploitation, including county lines

· Serious violent crime

· Risks linked to using technology and social media, including online bullying; the risks of being groomed online for exploitation or radicalisation: and risks of accessing and generating inappropriate content, sharing of nude and semi-nude images, 

· Teenage relationship abuse

· Up skirting, (which is a criminal offence)

· Substance misuse

· Issues that may be specific to a local area or population, for example gang activity and youth violence

· Domestic abuse

· Female Genital Mutilation

· Forced marriage

· Fabricated or induced illness

· Poor parenting

· Homelessness

· So-called honour-based violence

· Other issues not listed here but that pose a risk to children, learners and vulnerable adults


During any school closure please be assured that the school has a Designated Safeguarding Lead on site every day. There will also be Leads working remotely supporting children and families.

All staff have completed their safeguarding training in September 2022.

As new staff join the school they complete their safeguarding training prior to working on site.

Leaders and managers have put in place effective child protection and staff behaviour policies that are well understood by everyone in the setting.