Safeguarding our children and families
At Valley Road Academy we are committed to safeguarding, and promoting the welfare and well -being of all of our pupils and adults. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable which can impact on other children either directly or indirectly. We always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our pupils and families.
Everyone working in our school has a responsibility to help keep children and young people safe by:
•providing a safe environment for children and young people to learn and
•identifying children and young people who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, and taking appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at home and in school.
Valley Road is an Operation Encompass School
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.
Sunderland City Council, Northumbria Police and nominated key adults in school will be working together to make sure that staff are made aware of an incident early enough to support pupils in school. Our key adults are Carolyn Trueman and Angela Hibbert.
How will it work?
Each morning a police officer will review all domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school but which might have had an impact on a child attending school the following day. Where children are present, witnessed or involved in a domestic abuse incident and aged between 4 and 16 years old, the officer will send information to the Council's Initial Contact and Referral Team who will then send this information in a secure format to the named key adult in the child's school. The key adult will check their emails every day and staff in contact with those pupils will then be in an informed position to support them in a way that is right for the child.
Operation Encompass was launched in Sunderland in Spring 2017. For more information about Operation Encompass, please contact school on telephone number 5537750 or visit http://www.operationencompass.org/
The best advice that we can give any child, or adult, if they feel that they or someone else is unsafe is to TELL SOMEONE!
Who to talk with in school
If you have any concerns about a child's safety in school then please speak to our Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mrs Jack (Head of School), Mrs Trueman (Family Support Worker)
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