We recognise that the welfare of the child is paramount and we take our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people in our care seriously.
An agreed definition of safeguarding is: "All agencies take all reasonable measures to ensure that the risks of harm to children’s welfare are minimised. Where there are concerns, all agencies take action to address those concerns, working to agreed local policies and procedures in full partnership with other local agencies" – Joint Chief Inspectors’ Report, 2002.
If you have a concern about a child, particularly if you think s/he may be suffering or at risk of suffering harm, it is your responsibility to share information promptly with the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection (DSL) or one of the Deputies:
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Karen Dadds (Deputy Headteacher)
Deputy DSLs: Ms Fiona Coffin, Mr Jason Pitt, Mr David Cook (Assistant Headteachers), Mrs Erin Clarke (School-based Social Worker), Mrs Kirsty Baril or Mrs Mina Peroni (Student Services).
Safeguarding Governor: Mrs Yas Maybank
Please phone us on 01202 486237 with any concerns and ask to speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs Karen Dadds, about a safeguarding matter. If she is unavailable, you will be directed to one of our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads.
If reporting a concern, please provide as much information as possible.
If you have a concern during school holidays or out of school hours, please phone one of the numbers below.
If you have a serious concern because you think a child may be being abused, (physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect or sexual abuse) you should contact Children’s Services direct on 01202 735046 or if out of office hours, please contact the Out of Hours Service on 01202 738256 or use the details at https://www.dorsetlscb.co.uk/contact/.
For all emergency situations please call 999 and ask for the police.
Volunteers and Visitors
All volunteers and visitors to our school are introduced to the school’s policies and procedures for Child Protection and Safeguarding. As part of their visit they will be expected to read our summary of our Child Protection procedures.
We use the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to undertake criminal record checks.The School Staffing (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 make it mandatory for an enhanced criminal record check to be obtained for all newly appointed school staff. Parents, governors and other volunteers who help regularly in the classroom and with activities associated with the school will require a DBS check because of the frequency of their volunteering activity and the contact they have with children, but others will not.
Allegations against our staff
If there is an allegation of abuse about a member of staff, please contact our Headteacher, Mr Jy Taylor, on 01202 486237.