Safeguarding

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: Annie Pittman

Our Safeguarding Governor is: Lynn Webb

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 Child Protection conferences and Core Group meetings. 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.

We use MyConcern to record and manage any concerns.

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.

Safe Schools and Communities Team Newsletters

The Safer Schools and Communities Team release a termly newsletter of tips and advice. To join their mailing list please follow the link below.

Dorset Safeguarding Children Board

Spring 2019 Newsletter
Autumn 2018 Newsletter
Summer 2018 Newsletter