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Child Protection

Child Protection & Safeguarding

Safeguarding and Child Protection are everyone's responsibility. Ms Unsworth, Mrs Cartwright and Miss Fisher are the Designated Safeguarding Leads in the school. They are the assigned members of staff for safeguarding.

Mrs Faulkner, Mrs Dougill, Miss Edge, Miss Antrobus and Miss Greaves are the Deputy Designated Safeguarding leads for Mesne Lea Primary School. 


Ms Unsworth                    


Mrs Cartwright


Miss Fisher


Child protection is central and vital to everything that we do here at Mesne Lea Primary School. Here are some links to our key policies and resources that we use to keep all members of school aware of how to keep children safe.


Early Help Privacy Notice

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy September 23


Operation Encompass


The school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Greater Manchester Police. This is called Operation Encompass.


This means that if police are called out to a domestic abuse incident the school will be notified so that they can care for your child’s needs the following day. Operation Encompass has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school but which might have an impact on a child attending school the following day. This information will be shared on school days during the school term. When incidents occur on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday, the police will contact the relevant school the following Monday.


A nominated member of school staff, known as a Key Adult, will be trained to liaise with the police. At Mesne Lea Primary School our Key Adults are: Mrs Unsworth, Mrs Cartwright, Miss Fisher, Miss Edge, Mrs Dougill, Mrs Faulkner, Miss Greaves and Miss Antrobus.

We will be able to use information that has been shared with us, in confidence, to ensure that the school is able to support children and their families. Information will be shared where it is identified that a child or young person was present, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.


We always endeavour to offer the best support possible to our pupils and believe that Operation Encompass is going to be beneficial and supportive for all concerned.


More information can be found online:

Report a Concern

Physical abuse involves physical harm or injury to a child. It may be the result of a deliberate attempt to hurt the child but not always.

It can be the result from severe, inappropriate discipline such as using a belt on a child or physical punishment that is inappropriate to the child's age or physical condition.

You may be concerned about:

  • unexplained recurrent injuries or burns
  • improbable excuses or refusal to explain injuries
  • wearing clothes to cover injuries, even in hot weather
  • bald patches
  • chronic running away
  • fear of physical contact - shrinking back if touched
  • admitting that they are punished, but the punishment is excessive (such as the child being beaten every night to 'make him study').

There may be other things you have observed or have been told not included in the list above. No child should live in fear of the people who should be caring for them.


If you are worried or concerned about anyone under 18 please get in touch, it could be that one phone call from you could help safeguard the wellbeing of a child who may be at risk. Our trained staff are ready to listen to your concerns and offer advice and help.


Please contact the Bridge Partnership on 0161 603 4500 or via the online Children’s portal. The Bridge Partnership is available Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm.


If you need to speak to someone outside these times, please contact the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on

0161 794 8888. If a child is in immediate danger of being harmed or is home alone, call the police on 999.


If you are worried about an adult - Report abuse or neglect by telephone on 0161 206 0604 and for further information visit the Safeguarding adults page on the Salford City Council website.