At Pakeman we are passionate about and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all staff and visitors to share this commitment.
We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. We have robust policies in place for ensuring the wellbeing of our children. These policies underpin our practice and values shared by every single member of staff in our school. Copies are available from the school office.
Click on the Policy tab for a copy of our safeguarding and child protection policy.
As a school, we have a legal duty to prevent extremism, and as a result, we are adopting the guidance of the Islington Safeguarding Children Board. To read this information, please click here.
Any concerns about children are passed through the members of staff who are trained as “Designated Child Protection Officers” in the school in compliance with the “sharing of information” guidance.
- The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Tracey Gulliford (Assistant Headteacher)
- The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Emma Bonnin (Headteacher) and Marcia Harris (Pastoral care support)
- The Designated Safeguarding Link Governor is Marta Tildesley (Vice Chair of governors)
What to do if you are concerned about a child
Children and young people have the right to grow up safe from harm or abuse. If you are worried about a child or young person, please contact one of the designated leads above or contact the children’s social care team on 0207 527 7400.
At Pakeman Primary School, we are working in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and 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.
The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in or witness to a domestic abuse incident. Domestic abuse impacts on children in a number of ways. Children are at increased risk of physical injury during an incident, either by accident or because they attempt to intervene. Even when not directly injured, children are greatly distressed by witnessing the physical and emotional suffering of a parent.
Encompass has been created to highlight this situation. It is the implementation of key partnership working between the police and schools. The aim of sharing information with local schools is to allow ‘Key Adults’ the opportunity of engaging with the child and to provide access to support that allows them to remain in a safe but secure familiar environment.
In order to achieve this, the 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) (DSL). On receipt of any information, the DSL will decide on the appropriate support the child requires, this should be covert dependent on the needs and wishes of the child. All information sharing and resulting actions will be undertaken in accordance with the Metropolitan Police and MASH Encompass Protocol Data Sharing Agreement. We will record this information and store this information in accordance with the record keeping procedures outlined in this policy.
The purpose and procedures in Operation Encompass have been shared with all parents and governors. Further information can be found by clicking on the following link: https://www.operationencompass.org
Further information can be found in the following documents:
Information Sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers Information Sharing
What to do if you’re Worried a Child is being Abused:
What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused – Publications – GOV.UK
Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who Work with Children and Young People in Education Settings – Safer Recruitment Consortium, 2019 :
Mental Health & Behaviour in Schools 2018 : Mental health and behaviour in schools – Publications – GOV.UK
Teachers Standards 2012 Teachers’ Standards
Safeguarding Disabled Children – Practice Guidance – DOH, 2009 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safeguarding-disabled-children-practice-guidance
Preventing and Tackling Bullying: Preventing & Tackling Bullying
Promoting Children and Young People’s Emotional Health & Wellbeing : Promoting children and young people’s emotional wellbeing
Rise Above : links to lesson plans and materials https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/topics/rise-above/overview