All adults at Ashton CSC take responsibility for protecting your children by promoting a culture of safeguarding within our school by following our procedures that are outlined in our policy.
If you have any concerns about the safety of any students at our school please contact us and ask to speak to one of the safeguarding team.
The governor with responsibility for monitoring safeguarding is, Mr J Swindells, who can be contacted through school.
Ashton Community Science College participates in Operation Encompass.
Q: What is Operation encompass?
A: Operation Encompass is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which ensures that a child’s school is informed, prior to the start of the next school day, that there has been an incident of Domestic Abuse to which the child or young person has been exposed, and which might then have an impact on them in school the following day.
Operation Encompass was first introduced in Plymouth in February 2011, and has proved very effective in providing appropriate and timely support to young people affected by domestic abuse. This initiative has been implemented across the whole of the Lancashire Police area. If you would like some more information about it, you can view it online at www.operationencompass.org.
Q: What information is shared with School?
A: Each school is informed of all Domestic Abuse incidents, not just those where an offence can be identified or those which are graded as high risk. The partnership recognises that all incidents of Domestic Abuse can be harmful to children and young people.
Q: Is this information shared even when school is closed at holiday periods?
A: This information will be shared throughout the year, including school holidays and the weekends. Information will only be shared with the school by the police where it is identified that a young person was present, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.
Q: Who receives this information at school and what do they do with it?
A: A nominated member of staff, known as a Key Adult, has been trained to liaise with the police. At Ashton Community Science College our Key Adults are the Designated Safeguarding Leads. They will be able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that the school makes provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families. The Key Adults will keep this information confidential, and will only share it on a need to know basis, for instance, to teaching staff for the child.