Safeguarding and Child Protection
Temple Meadow Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.
If a member of staff is concerned about a child’s welfare, they will record their concern and any observations or conversation heard and report to one of the Designated Senior Team as soon as possible, the same day.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
If you have any concerns that a child has been harmed or is at risk of harm please contact the School Office as soon as possible and ask to speak to any of the following staff:
- Ms Walsh – Designated Senior Person for Child protection
- Miss Evans – Deputy Designated Senior Person for Child protection
We also have a designated Safeguard Governor who is Laura Hadley.
Our full Safeguarding Policy is available on our policies page.
All the adults who work in school have a responsibility to read and understand all safeguarding policies and to act within accordance of the policy at all times.
All of our adults are also expected to read the DfE booklet.
Temple Meadow take pride in our excellent day-to-day safeguarding practices and meet all of our required statutory duties.
Across Sandwell and nationally, Domestic Abuse incidences are on the rise and these have a devastating impact on children lasting into adulthood.
Can you imagine arriving at school in the morning, after you have heard and or seen your parents arguing and one being hit. You may not have slept or had breakfast. Your home is in disarray, you don’t have your PE kit and now have to sit in class and learn about adverbs. You are worried about your parents and want to be with them but you are also very worried about what will happen when you do go home at the end of the day. You don’t know how to feel.
This will be happening at our school. In order to fully support all of our children in the best possible way, we will be taking part in a joint project with the West Midlands Police called Operation Encompass. Operation Encompass is a police school-based early intervention to provide immediate support to any child victim or witness to Domestic Violence.
It has been live since October 2018. Operation Encompass will report to us on the next school day, where a child has been exposed in any domestic incident. This information will be received by Mrs Van Straaten the Designated Safeguarding Lead and support will be put into place on entry to school. The Pastoral Team may also contact families and talk to children to identify the most appropriate and best support we can.