Fiddlers Lane Community Primary School
Fiddlers Lane, Irlam, Manchester M44 6QE
TEL: 0161 775 2490


What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures, which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.

All of our staff here at Fiddlers Lane have routine Safeguarding training to ensure the safety of our pupils.

 Our designated Safeguarding Leads are:

Mrs G O’Neill

Safeguarding Lead

Ms S Cooper

Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Mrs J Rice

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead


Please contact 0161 775 2490 to speak with our Safeguarding Team or email and mark as ‘FAO Safeguarding Team’

Operation Encompass 

Our school is part of a project, which is run between schools and Greater Manchester Police. The project is called Operation Encompass and has been designed to provide early reporting of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside school, which might have an impact on a child in school. This is communicated to our Safeguarding Team at school following an incident at home.
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 Fiddlers Lane, our Key Adult is Mrs O’Neill. Mrs O’Neill will be able to use information that has been shared with her, 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 beneficial and supportive for all concerned.

Some information about Encompass is included in this letter but if you would like more information about this new initiative, details can be viewed online at  or you can contact our Key Adult at school on 0161 775 2490.

Our aim is to support children and their families.

Ms S Cooper