All educational establishments are required to adhere to the statutory guidance as outlined in Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and Keeping Children Safe in Education, DfE (2018) and to follow Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board procedures in order to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. In doing so, schools are expected to consult the Norfolk County Council Children's Advice and Duty Service (CADS) if they believe there is a possibility that a child may be suffering from abuse or neglect.
A referral to CADS is not intended to be an accusation of any particular action or against any particular person. It is the reporting of concerns which have come to the school’s attention. This is in accordance with Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board child protection procedures and the John of Gaunt Infant and Nursery School safeguarding policy.
Both documents are publicly available and can be consulted by parents/carers.
The Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) are Clare Toplis (Head of School) and Duncan Spalding (Executive Headteacher).
The Alternate Designated Safeguarding Leads (ADSL) are Hannah Simpson, Emily Clarke, Steff Firth and Rosemary Hyam.
The designated safeguarding governor is Di Scott.
At John of Gaunt Infant and Nursery School we are working in partnership with Norfolk Constabulary and Norfolk's Children's services to identify and provide appropriate support to pupils who have experienced domestic violence in their household. This scheme is called Operation Encompass.
In order to achieve this the Children's Advice and Duty Service (CADS) will share police information of all domestic incidents where one of our pupils has been present with the Designated Safeguarding Leads. On receipt of any information, the Designated Safeguarding Lead will decide on appropriate support the child requires; this could be silent or overt.
All information sharing and resulting actions will be undertaken in accordance with the ' Norfolk Joint Agency Protocol for Domestic Abuse - Notifications to Schools'. We will record and store this information in accordance with record keeping procedures outlined in our Safeguarding Policy.
For updated information on safeguarding children in Norfolk, visit the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board website at: