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Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs C Barker and Deputy DSLs are Mrs K Boynton, Miss A Donald, Mr G Withey, Mr Alex Lacey and Mr J Boynton. If you ever have a safeguarding concern please talk to us. You will always find one of us on the playground before school starts each morning or alternatively you could make an appointment at the office to see us.


If your would like a policy on our website translated into a different language, please speak to a member of our office team who will be able to help you.



Keeping Children Safe In Education 2020


Below is a link to a leaflet produced by the Local Safeguarding Board which details how children are kept safe in education.  The information is common to all schools but also includes the school's contacts for various areas of safeguarding children.  The leaflet is available in a variety of languages.  You can request it in a different language at the school office.


BCP Dedicated helpline launched to support vulnerable

0300 123 7052

We know that this is a stressful and worrying time for everyone and we want to assure you that the local community is coming together to help and support those of you that need it.
Many of you who are self-isolating will have family, friends and neighbours already supporting you with accessing food and every day essentials. We've seen our communities unite to launch support groups across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to help each other during this time. 
We also know that there are some people in our communities who do not have a support network in place. For these vulnerable people, who have noone to support them, we have launched a dedicated helpline. The phone line is open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.

Through our Together We Can community response we have more than 1500 volunteers plus council staff who will be on hand to help by picking up and delivering food and essential items, as well as providing a cheerful voice to break up the long days of self isolation. 

Information on services to support families can also be found on the BCP Family Information Service website: 

Domestic Abuse Helpline Covid19

Talking to a child worried about Coronavirus 

Source: NSPCC
Date: 26 March 2020

The NSPCC has created a new webpage with information and advice for parents or carers who are worried a child or young person may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety about Coronavirus. The webpage includes information on: talking about feelings and worries; keeping in touch and balancing screen time; ways to create structure and routine; and helping to give children a sense of control.

Read the information and advice: Talking to a child worried about coronavirus (COVID-19)

See also on NSPCC Learning 
> How to have difficult conversations with children

Children and young people are normally seen by lots of different adults every day, like neighbours, grandparents and teachers. But due to coronavirus (COVID-19) we're self-isolating, social distancing and spending much more time at home. This means some families might need extra support with parenting. And if a child is experiencing abuse, there aren't as many opportunities for adults to spot the signs and help.

We know isolation can put some children at a greater risk of domestic abuse, neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse and sexual abuse.

Efforts are being made to keep school places open for vulnerable children. But It's everyone's responsibility to keep children safe, spot the signs of abuse and report concerns. We all need to play our part by checking in with families and reaching out for support and advice if we have any concerns.



Christchurch Family Partnership Zone (FPZ)

The Christchurch Family Partnership Zone brings people together to help and support children, young people and their families with any aspect of family life

The Christchurch Family Partnership Zone can provide information, advice and guidance, as well as direct support around anything relating to family life, including:

  • staying safe
  • keeping healthy
  • parenting
  • managing finances
  • achieving well in the early years, and at school.

            Tel- 01202 225724


Parents/Carers can contact us by telephone or  by coming into the

Somerford Children’s Centre, Draper Road, Christchurch BH23 3AS.