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Spetisbury CE Primary School believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practice in a way that protects them.

 

We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. We make every effort to provide a safe and welcoming environment underpinned by a culture of openness where both children and adults feel secure, able to talk and believe that they are being listened to.

 

We maintain an attitude of “it could happen here” where safeguarding is concerned.

 

 

 

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Andrew Brown (Headteacher)

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Terri Smith

Our Safeguarding Governor is: Lynn Webb (Chair of Governors)

 

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is also the first point of contact for external agencies that are pursuing Child Protection investigations and co-ordinates the school’s representation at CP conferences and Core Group meetings (including the submission of written reports for conferences). When an individual concern/incident is brought to the notice of the Designated Safeguarding Lead, they will be responsible for deciding upon whether or not this should be reported to other agencies as a safeguarding issue. Where there is any doubt as to the seriousness of this concern, or disagreement between the Designated Safeguarding Lead and the member of staff reporting the concern, advice will be sought from the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. Any staff member can make a referral in exceptional circumstances, such as in emergency or a genuine concern that appropriate action has not been taken.

 

How to Report Safeguarding Concerns

If you have any safeguarding concerns about a child you must report them.

If you believe the child is in immediate danger, don’t delay. Call the police on 999 straight away.

Under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003, you must call the police if you’re informed that a girl under 18 has undergone FGM.

You can also report concerns in the following ways:

  • Contact NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. They will then pass the concern onto the local child protection team who will investigate it.
  • Report your concern directly to your local authority Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub 
    Email: MASH@dorsetcc.gov.uk
    Tel: 01202 228866
  • Report it to Designated Safeguarding Officers 
  • Call the NSPCC’s Whistleblowing advice line on 0800 028 0285 or email them on help@nspcc.org.uk. They offer free advice and support to anyone who’s concerned about how child protection issues are handled in an organisation.

Safeguarding Policies

 

 

Always be careful when you are using the internet. It can help you to keep in touch with your friends and help your education – but it can also cause harm – to you and to others.

Remember help is always available at school if you are having any problems online.

Don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher or another adult at school.

 

If you or anyone you know is worried about Child Exploitation, Online Protection or anything related to Internet safety please click the link below which will take you to the CEOP reporting website

 

 

Tips for staying safe online:

 

· Make sure you keep new online friends strictly online. If someone you don't know asks to be your online friend you must ensure an adult knows about it.

 

· Know how to use the CEOP Button and how to report it to the CEOP Centre if you are concerned about someone’s online behaviour towards you.

 

 

The NSPCC service Childline has launched a website aimed at children under the age of 12. This provides age appropriate content on topics including: bullying, family, friends, feelings, school, abuse and staying safe. It also includes games and therapeutic tools for young visitors to play and express how they are feeling. 

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