Safeguarding and Child Protection

As part of our commitment to keeping children in our care safe, we adhere to a range of government documents and legislation.

Reporting Safeguarding Concerns.

Should you have any safeguarding concerns relating to your child or others, our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Ms. N. Chippendale who can be contacted via the school office on 01204 322370 or via email: In Ms. Chippendale's absence, the following people deal with safeguarding concerns on her behalf:

Deputy Safeguarding Leads: Mr H. Asghar / Mrs Z Patel

Extended Safeguarding Team: Miss M. Patel, Mr R. Coley, Mr A. Musa, Mrs A. Bobat, Mrs S. Mangera

Early Help.

Early Help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life. At the Olive Tree Primary School, we refer to Bolton’s Framework for action, which provides guidance on how Early Help should be delivered to facilitate a high quality, collaborative approach to holistic assessment, support and planning and enable positive outcomes. For this to be effective, all agencies are required to work together to:

Identify children and families who would benefit from support

Undertake an assessment of need

Provide services to address those needs

Review progress to ensure that positive change has happened

Bolton's Framework for Action >

What Is the Early Help Offer at The Olive Tree Primary School?

The Early Help Offer identifies the need for help for children and families as soon as problems start to emerge, or when there is a strong likelihood that problems will emerge in the future. The Early Help Offer includes universal and targeted services designed to reduce or prevent specific problems from escalating or becoming entrenched.

What Does the Early Help Offer Mean for Families?

The Olive Tree Primary School is committed to:

Supporting young people and families, offering early help to avoid escalation of issues

Ensuring a multi-disciplinary approach that brings a range of professional skills and expertise to bear

Building positive relationships with students and their families, co-ordinating the support needed from other agencies

Practice that empowers families and helps them to develop the capacity to resolve their own problems

A holistic approach that addresses children’s needs in the wider family context

A simple, streamlined referral and assessment processes – the ‘early help’ assessment of need.

Any child may benefit from early help, but all school staff should be particularly alert to the potential need of Early Help!

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The Olive Tree Primary school adheres to Bolton’s Framework for Action  and will implement the Early Help process to support the wellbeing of children and families by tackling emerging needs at the earliest opportunity and prevent them from getting worse. This also includes working with a range of external agencies - known as the Multi-disciplinary team - to ensure the highest level of care and support for our pupils and their families. The Multidisciplinary Team include:

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INA (International New arrivals) – 01204 338055

Bolton Behaviour Support Service – 01204 338133

Bolton Children and Adolescents Community mental Health Service – 01204 482333

Bolton Information and advisory Service SEND- 01204 848722.

Bolton Integrated Health and Wellbeing Service. Via the allocated School Nurse Jennie McGrath (Runworth Team) – 01204 337578.

Bolton Parent Carers – Facebook page and group – Bolton Parent Carers.

Early Intervention Services – 01204 334202. Supporting schools and families in relation to school attendance.

Ladywood Outreach Service 01204 333400. Supporting the needs of learners from 2-19 years with a range of cognition and learning needs, speech and language and communication needs and pupils with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy – 01204 462670.

Early Assessment Help >

Bolton Encompass.

The purpose of Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in or witness to a domestic abuse incident. Domestic abuse impacts on children in a number of ways. Children are at increased risk of physical injury during an incident, either by accident or because they attempt to intervene. Even when not directly injured, children are greatly distressed by witnessing the physical and emotional suffering of a parent.

Encompass has been created to address this situation. It is the implementation of key partnership working between the police and schools. The aim of sharing information with local schools 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 an incident of domestic abuse, by 9.00am on the next school day the school’s Key Adult will be informed that the child or young person has been involved in a domestic incident. This knowledge, given to schools through Operation Encompass, allows the provision of immediate early intervention through silent or overt support dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child. Key Adults at our school are those named above, under the heading 'Reporting Safeguarding Concerns'.

The documents below provide more detail of the project and the steps taken in the event of a domestic violence incident to notify the school.