Northbrook Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the physical and emotional welfare of every child, inside and outside the school premises and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
All staff within the school have a responsibility to promote the welfare of children and report any incidents or potential signs of neglect and/or abuse to the school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL).
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs. Val Brookes
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs. Clare McCrory, Mrs Rachel Spence and Miss Rachel Baines.
The Designated Safeguarding Governor is Cllr. Michael Titherington
What does the school do if they have concerns?
All members of staff at the school have undergone Safeguarding and Child Protection training. This is updated on a regular basis and helps us to stay aware of any potential safeguarding issues.
If a potential safeguarding issue arises, it is passed onto the Designated Safeguarding Officer and due process is followed. In some cases, a meeting may be arranged with the Designated Safeguarding Officer to help assist and resolve the issue.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’ welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with the child’s parents or carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
How can parents help with keeping children safe?
- Make sure all addresses and contact numbers are up to date;
- If someone different is picking your child up, please let us know;
- Be at school on time every day at 8.55 am and 3.10/15 pm;
- Notify the school about your child’s absence – unexplained absences are a key trigger for concern;
- Take full note of the advice to parents if you are accompanying a class trip and ensure that you attend the briefing meeting;
- Share any concerns you may have about another child with the Headteacher.
As part of Lancashire Council Local Authority we are members of the Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board, which is our Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)
A link to their website for more information and documents is
Below are some links to websites which provide useful information for families:
Offers information and advice for children and adults about child abuse and child safety.
Information about contraception, sex and relationships, abortion, sexual health, sexually transmitted infections, and the work done by fpa.
Information about child safety and protection from abuse.
Information, statistics, help and advice in relation to the prevention of cruelty to children.
For more information on the PREVENT strategy, follow the link below.
On line Safety
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency works with the Police to apprehend online offenders who target children and young people.
To access their website, please click the logo below
Please see the links below to keeping safe
As part of Northbrook Primary School’s commitment to keeping children safe, we are proud to be part of 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 a numbers 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.
There are currently no procedures for reporting Domestic Abuse incidents to schools which means that our children are left without the support and nurture that they need when they need it most.
Operation Encompass has been created to address this so that by 9.00am on the next school day the school’s Key Adult will be informed that the child or young person has been involved, heard or witnessed a domestic incident. This knowledge, given to schools through Operation Encompass, allows the provision of immediate early intervention through silent or overt support dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
If you have any questions or wish to know more about our involvement in Operation Encompass, please do not hesitate to contact Val Brookes on the school telephone number: 01772 421599
At Northbrook Primary our Key Adult is Mrs Val Brookes (Headteacher)