Following on from the updated Government directive on school closures in the Leicester and Leicestershire area, Judgemeadow is now closed from Tuesday 30th June to all students except children of key workers who have registered for a place.
The 1989 Children Act requires all Judgemeadow staff to pass on information which raises concerns that a child may be at risk from non-accidental injury, neglect, emotional or sexual abuse
This duty on the Principal and other Designated Safeguarding Leads means that they must risk upsetting some parents/carers by reporting a concern that, upon investigation, proves to be unfounded. In these circumstances, it is hoped that parents/carers will appreciate how difficult it is for schools/colleges to carry out this delicate responsibility, and accept that they have to take steps in the best interest of children.
The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that the college follows the procedures set out by the Local Safeguarding Children Board in the ‘Every Child Matters: Change for Children’ guidance. This guidance is underpinned by the 2004 Children Act. Detailed information is available at www.lscb-llr.org.uk.
The H.M. Government publication: ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ provides the guidance for child protection procedures at Judgemeadow
In most cases of child protection the Governing Body will delegate responsibility to the Principal.
Our E-Safety newsletters are regular editions of a bulletin designed to aid parents/carers in keeping their children safe while online - current and past editions as well as other helpful resources are available on our E-Safety page.
All Leicester City and Leicestershire County schools are part of Operation Encompass - a safeguarding initiative aimed at improving outcomes for children and families affected by domestic violence and abuse.
Operation Encompass is a protocol whereby schools/colleges are formally notified of any reported incident of domestic violence at an address which children are present or normally reside. It is run in partnership with Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council and with Leicestershire Police.
All public agencies currently share information where there are safeguarding concerns or risk of harm to children; the Police now share information about all incidents of domestic abuse through Operation Encompass.
To further support the welfare of children, when any domestic abuse incident has been reported to the Police during the school term, and one of our pupils was in the household, the information is shared with the Designated Safeguarding Lead. This system has been introduced because domestic abuse in a household can have a huge impact on children. This information will be used to ensure the school is able to provide appropriate support to pupils. The information will remain confidential and will only be shared on a strictly need-to-know basis. For example, with the class teacher. It will not be shared with children.