Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has an important role to play in safeguarding children.

Heytesbury Hedgehogs staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating.  Schools and their staff form part of a wider safeguarding system for children. At Heytesbury Hedgehogs we are committed to the well-being and safety of all our children and we will always adopt a sensitive and caring approach to support them and their families.

Click here to see all our policies, including our safeguarding and child protection policy

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Annette Pulvertaft (Nettie)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL): Yvonne Anderson 

Operation Encompass

Our Pre-school receives information from Wiltshire Police in the event of any of our pupils experiencing or witnessing domestic violence or abuse.

This information is shared as part of Wiltshire Police’s ‘Operation Encompass’ programme, aiming to ensure schools can offer support to these pupils when needed.

Wiltshire Police aim to share this information with us before the next school day, following a domestic incident, so that we can be ready to support the pupil on their arrival to school.

Wiltshire Police also confirm with school whether or not the pupil is aware of the incident, so that decisions can be made around whether or not explicit or more discreet support can be offered.

In the event of an incident taking place outside of Wiltshire, the relevant Police Force dealing with the situation will pass the information to Wiltshire Police, who will then inform school via Operation Encompass.