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Ofsted adopts the definition of safeguarding used in the Children Act 2004 and in the Department for Education and Skills (now DfE) guidance document Working together to safeguard children, which focuses on safeguarding and promoting children’s and learners’ welfare.
This can be summarised as:
Sunderland Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) are supporting the NSPCC’s ‘Underwear Rule’ - PANTS campaign and we hope everyone in Sunderland will join us to protect our children and young people from sexual abuse. All the PANTS materials are available to download, free of charge, from the NSPCC website -
In conjunction with Sunderland City Council and Northumbria Police, St Mary’s RC Primary School is involved in a new 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 such an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff (called Key Adults) are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.
At St Mary’s our Key Adults are
Mrs B. Reilly-O’Donnel Executive Headteacher & Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Mrs S. Carton Safeguarding Deputy DSL
Mrs M. Jackson Safeguarding Deputy DSL
This is a valuable initiative that means we can continue to support and help children and families within our school community when they need it the most.
You can find our more by visiting www.operationencompass.org or by contacting on of our key adults.