COVID-19: Safeguarding during School Closure

At Sacred Heart we remain committed to safeguarding our children throughout the period of school closure. Following the release of the government guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): Safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers, we have reviewed our policies and practices to ensure they are robust. The amendments are set out in Appendix 6 attached below. 

During the school closure - If parents have a concern and are unable to contact a member of the safeguarding team via the school office they can get in touch by emailing

Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice

“The coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak is going to have an impact on everyone’s daily lives, as the government and the NHS take necessary steps to manage the outbreak, reduce transmission and treat those who need medical attention. It may be difficult, but by following guidance on social distancing, or staying at home, you are helping to protect yourself, your family, the NHS and your community. During this time, you may be bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also feel low, worried, anxious, or be concerned about your health or that of those close to you. Everyone reacts differently to events and changes in the way that we think, feel and behave vary between different people and over time. It’s important that you take care of your mind as well as your body and to get further support if you need it.” (Government, 2020)

Government Advice Page: click here

The Safeguarding Team

Designated Safeguarding Lead:  Mrs Stirrup
Deputy Safeguarding Leads:  Mrs Mason, Mrs Golden and Mrs Roach

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO):
Telephone 01942 486034 (during office hours) or email

Safeguarding: Relevant Documents and Policies


Please click here to read our Antibullying Booklet.  You can also view (below) the slides from Mrs Mason's Antibullying Assembly for parents.

Operation Encompass

The purpose of Wigan 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.

The purpose and procedures in Operation Encompass have been shared with all parents and governors, is detailed as part of the school’s Safeguarding Policy and published on our school website in the document Encompass Protocol (click the link).

The Key Adult at Sacred Heart is Mrs Stirrup.

Prevent Strategy

Please click here to read our parent pamphlet about the Prevent Strategy.



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