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St Joseph's PS, Madden, Co Armagh

Child Protection

St Joseph's Primary School takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of the children and young people entrusted to its care.

As part of the ethos of the school, the staff and governors are committed to: 

Encouraging and supporting parents/carers/guardians and working together in partnership with them. 

Listening to, relating effectively with and valuing each individual child or young person in our care. 

Ensuring that all members of staff, both teaching and support, full-time and part-time are properly trained and supported. 

Our Designated teacher for child protection is Mr. Hart and the deputy designated teacher is Mrs Donnelly.”

Operation Encompass

We are an Operation Encompass School!

As a school we are required to be part of 'Operation Encompass.' This is a legal requirement and is a partnership between all schools and the Police Service of Northern Ireland. This partnership is aimed at protecting children from harm of domestic abuse and opening lines of communication between the police service and schools. Should the police receive a call relating to domestic abuse, schools will now be informed and asked to follow the child protection/ safeguarding guidelines they already have in place. 

What is Operation Encompass?

Who we are.... 

Operation Encompass is a charitable organisation set up in 2011, which has since enabled effective interventions to many thousands of children who've experienced domestic abuse. Our volunteers, trustees, and patrons are working tirelessly to ensure that police and schools throughout the country are able to address victims of domestic abuse consistently and coherently. 

What we deliver.... 

Operation Encompass directly connects the police with schools to secure better outcomes for children who are subject to or experience police-attended and reports of incidents of domestic abuse. Rapid provision of support within the school environment means children are better safeguarded against the short-, medium- and long-term effects of domestic abuse. 

What we do.... 

Operation Encompass provides an efficient, confidential channel of communication between police forces and Key Adults within schools. This enables the immediate and discrete recognition of the child's situation by the Key Adult, ensuring a secure and sympathetic environment is provided and the broader effects of abuse are addressed. 

For further information visit:


Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy