Shirley Junior School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as "Designated Child Protection Officers" in school in compliance with the "sharing of information" guidance.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Annette Hixon, Head Teacher. The Deputy Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Tearle (Deputy Headteacher), Anne Booth (Assistant Headteacher).
If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at Shirley Junior School please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead who knows who to contact for the best advice and help and is experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.
We have a Safeguarding Policy and procedures in place which we refer to in our prospectus. Parents and carers are welcome to read the Policy on request; a copy of the policy can be found on this website and at the bottom of this page in the 'downloads' section.
Operation Encompass - Domestic Abuse
Our school is part of Operation Encompass. This is a police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Abuse. Operation Encompass means that the police will share information about Domestic Abuse incidents with our school soon after they have been called to a domestic incident.
All Key Adults (DSL/DDSLs) have attended an Operation Encompass local briefing as well as national online training. The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information.
Click here for more information about Domestic Abuse, how to access support and what to look out for when supporting others.
For further information about Operation Encompass and domestic abuse, please see the dowloads section below.
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020
This document is statutory guidance that schools and colleges in England must have regard to when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Please access this below in the 'downloads' section (there is a handy 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' leaflet which is easier to access).
Do you know of any parents or families who speak another language? Please ask the school office for a copy of the 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' leaflet in their own home language.
Click here for information about 'County Lines'. This is a major safeguarding issue in our country and county currently. Children as young as 7 are being put in danger by criminals who are taking advantage of how innocent and inexperienced these young people are. Any child can be exploited, no matter their background.
Child Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse
Click here for information from the NSPCC regarding Child Sexual abuse and exploitation. The PANTS message is very important and one which we regularly share with our children in school. Make sure you are keeping up to date with the information available out there!
FGM (Female Gential Multilation)
Click here to access information regarding FGM (a type of 'so-called honour based violence). Learn how to spot the signs and who to contact for support.
The Prevent Duty
Click here for information from the government and the Counter Terrorism team regarding 'Run, Tell, Hide' - actions to take in the rare event of a firearm or weapons attack. Please also refer to the information below in the 'downloads' section regarding our role in the Prevent Duty.