At St Stephen's CE Primary School, in line with our statutory responsibilities and our vision, we believe that all children have a right to freedom from abuse and to be treated with respect and dignity at all times.
Our safeguarding and Child Protection policy gives clear direction to the staff and others about the procedures for dealing with protection issues. All child protection concerns are handled sensitively, professionally and they put the child at the centre of decisions and discussions. We are fortunate at St Stephen's to have created a wonderful nurture provision called 'The Ark' which provides a space for children to talk and feel safe.
Our highly qualified and experienced pastoral team are always able to signpost, support and engage with families who feel they may be at crisis point or if they need someone to talk to. Here at St Stephen's safety is our priority and the team welcomes families to come forward, open the lines of communication and strengthen the relationships between school and home. This collaboration enables us to keep our children safe and allows our children to flourish, learn, grow and achieve together through God's love.
Operation Encompass has been created to ensure that there are procedures for reporting Domestic Abuse incidents to school which means that our children will have support and nurture when they need it. Schools are informed by 9.00am on the next school day. The school's Operation Encompass leads are Mrs Jo Roberts (Headteacher and back up DSL) and Mrs Cox (Pastoral Manager and DSL). They will be informed if the child has been involved, heard or witnessed a domestic incident. This knowledge given to schools through Operation Encompass allows the provision of immediate early intervention throught silent or overt support dependent on the needs and wishes of the children. For more information please visit:
Prevent is part of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy.
The role of the police's Prevent Team officers is to provide practical support to tackle the problem of terrorism and extremism at its roots and prevent vulnerable people and communities from being drawn into terrorism. This includes far-right extremism and some aspects of non-violent extremism.
They work with a range of partners including:
All our staff are aware of the PREVENT strategy and have completed training. The designated PREVENT lead is Mrs Jo Roberts (Headteacher)
Please click on the link below to access a range of resources supporting the teaching of the prevent curriculum in Lancashire.