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Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mr Gavin Withey and Deputy DSLs are Mrs Claire Barker, Mrs K Boynton, Mrs C Sampson and Mrs Jacqui Fuller. 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 you 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.



Our school is part of Operation Encompass. This is a police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Abuse.

Operation Encompass means that the police will share information about Domestic Abuse incidents with our school soon after they have been called to a domestic incident.

All Key Adults (DSL/DDSL) have attended an Operation Encompass local briefing as well as national online training.

Our parents are fully aware that we are an Operation Encompass school. Our key adults are Claire Barker, Karen Boynton, Gavin Withey, Mrs Jacqui Fuller and Mrs C Sampson.

The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information.

The Key Adult has also led briefings for all school staff and Governors about Operation Encompass, the prevalence of Domestic Abuse and the impact of this abuse on children. We have also discussed how we can support our children following the Operation Encompass notification.

The Safeguarding Governor will report on Operation Encompass in the termly report to Governors. All information is anonymised for these reports.

The Key Adult has used the Operation Encompass Toolkit to ensure that all appropriate actions have been taken by the school.

Keeping Children Safe In Education 2022

Pan Dorset Safeguarding Children Board have parent information leaflets available on their website here: PDSCB Parent Leaflets - Keeping Children Safe In Education. These are available from our office in many different languages. The information is common to all schools but also includes BCP Council's contacts for various areas of safeguarding children.  

BCP Family Information Directory is an online source of details including childcare, activities and a range of services for families. You can find the directory by clicking here.


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 abuseneglectphysical abuseemotional 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.


Children's First Response Hub - BCP Council


The Children's First Response Hub is the single point of contact for Childrens Social Care and Early Help. 

The Children's First Response Hub provides the public and professionals with advice, information and support for children who are vulnerable and at risk and is made up of the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) and Early Help Team.

Contact the Childrens First Response Hub:

  • if you are worried a child or young person is at risk of, or is being hurt or abused
  • if you know of a child or young person who may be vulnerable without additional help and support
  • if you want to know more about the services available to support children, young people and their families

If you are a member of the public please telephone or e-mail the team.  If you are a professional please complete the Inter-Agency Referral Form.  

For urgent referrals in relation to child protection:

In an emergency, or if you believe a child is at immediate risk of harm, call the police on 999.

Out of Hours - The Children's Social Care Out of Hour's service is the emergency response service for any child who is in crisis, needs urgent help or is at serious risk of significant harm. Hours of operation are 5.00pm to 9.00am from Monday to Friday, all day Saturdays and Sundays and all bank holidays, including Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

If your concern or enquiry is about someone over the age of 18, please contact the Adult Social Care Contact Centre.

More information can be found on the BCP family services directory

or in the leaflet found  here: