Parents should be aware that the Academy will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils. In cases where the Academy has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, staff have no alternative but to follow the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board procedures and inform Children’s Services of their concern. We aim to work closely with parents and external services to ensure our children have the best life chances. East Herrington Primary Academy is part of Balmoral Learning Trust.
Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mrs Nicola Hair
Deputy Designated Safegaurding Lead – Miss Sharon Miller
Chair of Governors – Mr Alan Wright
Trust Safeguarding Lead – Mrs Sue Bell
Trust Safeguarding Director – Mrs Terry Hambleton
Operation Encompass:This is a new innovative project in which schools in Sunderland are participating, and which is run in partnership with Sunderland City Council and Northumbria Police.
As a result, following any domestic abuse incident being reported to the police, the Police will make contact with the Council’s Initial Contact and Referral Team who will then communicate relevant and necessary information to nominated school staff. This will ensure that the school is made aware at the earliest possible opportunity and can subsequently provide support to children in a way that means they feel safe and listened to.
Each school has members of staff (key adults) who have been fully trained in liaising with police and Children’s Social Care when required, and will ensure that the necessary support is made available to the child following the disclosure of a domestic abuse incident.
You can also find out more information here http://www.operationencompass.org/
Operation Endeavour is a joint operation between NCC Children’s Services, Northumbria Police and the Police and Crimes Commissioner to safeguard children and young people at risk of harm from going missing. The Department for Education statutory guidance Children who run away or go missing from home or care January 2014 states:
- that approximately 25% of children and young people that go missing are at risk of serious harm;
- there are particular concerns about the links between children running away and the risks of sexual exploitation;
- missing children may also be vulnerable to other forms of exploitation, to violent crime, gang exploitation, or to drug and alcohol misuse.