Our Lady & St Gerard's Catholic Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.
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.
In accordance with our safeguarding procedures, we do not allow staff, parents, visitors or children to use mobile phones for the purpose of taking videos, photographs or making recordings while on school premises, without the prior permission of the Headteacher.
To view a copy of the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy please see the policies page.
In conjunction with Lancashire Police, Our Lady and St Gerard's RC School is involved in a national initiative called “Operation Encompass”. The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident.
Following an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff are made aware early enough to help and support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.
This is a valuable initiative that means we can help and support students and their families within our school when they need us most.
You can find out more information by visiting the Operation Encompass website (click the button below) or by contacting Mrs J McNally, Mrs L. Berry or Miss K. Harvey at school.
Adverse Childhood Experiences
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events. ACEs may include abuse, neglect, witnessing domestic violence or growing up with family members who have substance use disorders. They are strongly related to the development and prevalence of a wide range of health problems throughout a person's life.
ACEs can have the following impact upon children and young people:
- difficulty learning and limited social skills
- exhibit violent behaviour, risky or deliquent behaviour
- suffer from low self-esteem and experience increased levels of anxiety
- agressive and violent behaviour, including bullying
- lack of conflict resolution skills
- lack of empathy for others and poor peer relationships
- poor school performance
- anti-social behaviour
- pregnancy, alcohol and substance misuse
- self-blame, hopelessness shame and apathy
- post traumatic stress disorder
Please watch the following powerpoint to find out more information about how ACEs can impact on a person's life.
ACEs Video Clip
Please click on the following link to watch a video clip about how Adverse Childhood Experiences can impact upon a person's life.