St Gabriel’s RC Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff, governors and volunteers are expected to share this commitment. For more information please see our safeguarding policy which can be found under Key Information > Policies > Safeguarding Policy.
St. Gabriel's Safeguarding Statement
At St Gabriel’s RC Primary School the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils.
We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
The procedures which we follow have been laid down by Rochdale Safeguarding Team and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this, for the safety of all. On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.
The Child Protection Policy is available on the school website and is within the policies file in the Head Teacher’s office. If you require any further information please contact Mrs Laura Bolton.
Our school part of Operation Encompass.
Operation Encompass is a Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.
Being part of this project means our school will receive a notification from Greater Manchester Police before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved in or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous day. When incidents occur on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday, the police will contact our school on the following Monday.
The information is given in confidence to the school’s Key Adults who are the Headteacher and Pastoral Manager. This will enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.
Our school always endeavour to offer the best support possible to our pupils and we are proud to be part of the Operation Encompass intervention as we believe this is a crucial way in which we can support the children and young people in our care.
If you would like more information about this new initiative, full details of the policy can be found on Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Partnership website - see link below.