The safety and well-being of the children at Penwortham Primary School is of utmost importance. Our Safeguarding Lead in school is Mrs Gaskell and the Deputy Safeguarding Leads are  Mrs Mather and Mrs Noblett. These staff members have undertaken LCC Designated Safeguarding Lead Training. Our Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Jones and our Deputy Safeguarding Governor is Miss Flint.

All other members of school staff are regularly trained and updated in safeguarding and child protection. We work with relevant agencies to reduce risk and promote the welfare of children. 


What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action taken to keep children safe from abuse and neglect.


As outlined in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 it is clearly defined as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.


What is neglect?

Neglect is the ongoing failure to meet a child or young person's basic needs.

This includes:

  • Food, clothing and shelter
  • A safe place to live
  • Love, care or attention
  • Education, health and dental care

Neglect is the most common form of child abuse.  It is dangerous and can cause serious, long-term damage to children and young people.


What is child protection?

Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. This refers to the activity which is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or at risk of suffering, significant harm.


What is Operation Encompass?

Pan Lancashire Operation Encompass  

The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in or witness to a domestic abuse, vulnerable child or missing incident.   

Operation Encompass has been created to address such situations that create a safeguarding risk to young people. It is the implementation of key partnership working between the police and schools/ colleges. The aim of sharing information with local schools/ colleges is to allow ‘Key Adults’ the opportunity of engaging with the child and to provide access to support that allows them to remain in a safe but secure familiar environment.    

Following the report of a domestic abuse, vulnerable child or missing incident, by 9.00am on the next school day the school’s Key Adult will be informed of the child or young person’s involvement. This knowledge, given to educational establishments through Operation Encompass, allows the provision of immediate early intervention through silent or overt support dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child/ young person.  

At Penwortham Primary School our Key Adult is Mrs Lisa Gaskell (Deputy Headteacher).

For more information please contact Mrs Gaskell or go to:

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