Safeguarding

  • Safeguarding at QEHS
  • Operation Encompass & Operation Endeavour
  • Useful Safeguarding Links

What is safeguarding?

Schools have a statutory responsibility to keep children safe from harm. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) defines safeguarding as:

  • Protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • Preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • Ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes

What are schools expected to do?

School are required to comply with the current safeguarding guidance from the Department for Education, called Keeping Children Safe in Education. This means, for example:

  • Having a designated safeguarding lead (DSL), who is trained to support staff, contribute to assessing children and liaise with other agencies
  • Having a child protection policy, and procedures covering specific safeguarding issues
  • Ensuring that adults working in the school are safe to work with children, by carrying out background checks (through the Disclosure and Barring Service) and having someone on interview panels who is trained in ‘safer recruitment’
  • Ensuring that all staff receive safeguarding and child protection training, and that this is regularly updated

What does safeguarding look like in our school?

  • The DSL at QEHS is Richard Zabrocki, Assistant Headteacher. The deputy DSL is Emerson Brown, Sixth Form Pastoral Leader. The nominated child protection trustee for Hadrian Learning Trust is Kate Chaplin.
  • We protect information about your child and only share it appropriately
  • We respond appropriately to an unplanned absence, or to a pattern of poor attendance
  • We track concerns about children confidentially
  • We teach pupils about safeguarding issues, including how to respond to concerns, in lessons on personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education
  • We work closely with a variety of agencies to support young people
  • We work in partnership with the Police through Operation Encompass to support children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.

FAQs

  • Who should I speak to for more information, or if I have a safeguarding concern?

You can speak to any member of staff, but we recommend that your first point of contact is your child’s Pastoral Leader or our DSL.

  • Who should my child speak to if he/she has a concern?

Your child can speak to any trusted adult in school. The adult will refer to the DSL if there is a concern about the safety of the child.

  • How can I access more relevant information or policies?

For our full range of policies, including our Child Protection Policy, Behaviour Policy, Code of Conduct, Whistleblowing Policy, Anti-Bullying Policy, Attendance Policy, and Online Safety Policy please see our Policies page. 

What is Operation Encompass?

The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in a domestic abuse incident. Following an incident at home, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset and unprepared for the day.

Northumberland County Council, the police and nominated Key Adults in school will be working together to make sure that school staff are made aware of an incident early enough to support pupils in school.

You can read more about Operation Encompass in the document below:

Northumbria Police have joined forces with Operation Encompass, Barnados, the Home Office, and the Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner to publish a series of newsletters covering different aspects of domestic abuse and providing useful links and information. The issues are available to download below:

What is Operation Endeavour?

The purpose of Operation Endeavour is to support children and young people who go missing from home. Children who go missing from home are at risk of significant harm and they may be vulnerable to sexual exploitation, violent crime, gang exploitation, or to drug and alcohol misuse.

Northumberland County Council, the police and nominated Key Adults in school will be working together to make sure that school staff are made aware of an incident early enough to support pupils in school.

You can read more about Operation Endeavour in the document below:

We have provided some information for parents/carers on the issues of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and PREVENT:

The following national websites also provide useful information and advice.

Action for Children - www.actionforchildren.org.uk
Barnardo's - www.barnardos.org.uk
Beating Eating Disorders - www.b-eat.co.uk
Bullying UK - www.bullying.co.uk
Carers UK - www.carersuk.org
Childline - www.childline.org.uk
Contact a Family - www.cafamily.org.uk
FRANK - www.talktofrank.com
Kidscape - www.kidscape.org.uk
Mind - www.mind.org.uk
Gingerbread - www.gingerbread.org.uk
Parentline Plus - www.parentlineplus.org.uk
Youngminds - www.youngminds.org.uk