Are you concerned about a child?
If you are concerned that a child or young person is in an emergency situation you should contact the police urgently on 999.
If you are a member of the public with significant concerns about a child please contact the Cumbria Safeguarding Hub, phone 0333 240 1727 or complete a single contact form.
Outside office hours - If your concern is outside of normal working hours (8 am to 5 pm Monday to Thursday and 8 am to 4.30 pm Friday) or a weekend / Bank Holiday, please contact the Emergency Duty Team on 0333 240 1727. The Emergency Duty Team service is an emergency only response with the social worker available to provide a response where the needs of the child indicate this.
Further information about safeguarding can be found on the NSPCC website.
To read our child protection policy, follow the link to our policies page below.
Operation Encompass is a partnership between police and schools, Crosby Ravensworth school has joined the scheme.
One of the principles of Operation Encompass is that all incidents of domestic abuse are shared with schools, not just those where an offence can be identified. Every school appoints a trained Key Adult – the Key Adult is the person who receives information about police attended Domestic Abuse incidents. The Key Adult will be notified prior to the start of the next school day that the police have attended an incident of domestic abuse. This timely information sharing enables appropriate support to be provided for that child so that all interactions, from when the child first arrives at the school gates, are of a positive nature.
The Key Adult is trained as a Designated Safeguarding Lead and should attend a Key Adult Briefing.
Meeting our pupils' wellbeing needs
Our school has invested in training a member of staff to give expert wellbeing support to pupils in need. Mrs Hollis has been trained by the educational psychologist service to identify needs and provide ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) intervention where needed.
The ELSA programme was designed to build the capacity of schools to support the emotional needs of their pupils from within their own resources. This is achieved by training teaching assistants to develop and deliver individualised support programmes to meet the emotional needs of children and teenagers in their care. It recognises that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed. This intervention is now widely implemented by educational psychologists across Britain.
ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists, who apply their professional knowledge of children’s social and emotional development to areas of need experienced by pupils. They provide on-going professional supervision to help maintain high quality in the work undertaken by ELSAs, thereby helping to ensure safe practice for ELSAs and pupils alike.
Further information can be read on the ELSA website.