Safeguarding at Springwell Community College

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility – governors, staff, parents, carers, students and the wider community. We all have a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

If you have concerns about the health, safety or well-being of a student, you should share this information with an appropriate member of college staff immediately. Any concern, however small you may feel it is, is important and we would rather you share these concerns, than miss a bigger issue.

If your concerns are of a child protection nature, where you feel a child may be subjected to either physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect, you should ask to speak to a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) immediately.

Safeguarding Students: Parents and Carers should be aware that the college will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its students.  In cases where the college has reason to be concerned that a student may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other form of abuse, staff have no alternative but to follow Derbyshire Safeguarding Partnership procedures and inform Social Care of their concern.

The Designated Safeguarding Leads at Springwell are:

Helen Staton

Deputy Headteacher & Designated Safeguarding Lead

Carole Selby

Student Progress Leader & Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Ness Fazil

Student Progress Leader & Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Any allegation or disclosure involving a member of staff or a volunteer at the college should be reported directly to the Headteacher, unless it involves the Headteacher and then it should be reported directly to the Chair of the Governing Body.

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a police and school early intervention safeguarding information sharing partnership which supports children experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

Operation Encompass is based upon the national requirements to not only identify children in need of support but to also ensure that this support is put in place immediately.

‘Nothing is more important than children’s welfare. Children who need help and protection deserve high quality and effective support as soon as a need is identified.’

Police are a ‘local safeguarding partner’ required to ‘make arrangements to work together’ (with the other partners) ‘to safeguard and promote the welfare of local children including identifying and responding to their needs’.

Working Together to Safeguard Children and all its requirements apply to all schools.

Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse

Operation Encompass Pathways