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At St Nicholas CE VA Primary School, Safeguarding is very important to us.  We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children in our care.

Our Safeguarding Leads are:

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead – Jill Watson, Headteacher
  • Deputy Deputy Safeguarding Lead - Belinda Bolar, Deputy Head
  • Deputy Deputy Safeguarding Lead & Looked After – Sarah Salisbury
  • Designated Safeguarding Governor & Looked After Governor – Sammy Upton
  • We have a number of policies and procedures that support our Safeguarding commitment:-

  • Child Protection Policy
  • KCSiE 2020 (Part 1)
  • E Safety Policy
  • Staff Code of Conduct
  • Code of Conduct for Visitors and Volunteers
  • Early Help

    In addition to this we run termly ‘Family Support Days’ in conjunction with the North Dorset Family Partnership Zone.  These days offer parents the chance to meet with our support worker who can offer advice and support or signpost parents to relevant courses or workshops that offer strategies on many aspects of parenting. 

    If you would like to know more about these, please contact Mrs Salisbury.

  • NSPCC   This website contains some very useful information. We use their resources for lots of things, including training and support.
  • Working in partnership with local agencies   We work closely with local agencies and providers in order to keep children safe. Click on the link above for more information from the Dorset Safeguarding Children Board.
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy - COVID-19 Annex

    St Nicholas Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. This commitment remains the same in the difficult circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak. During this period the principles and practices of the school’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy will continue to apply.

    In order to ensure the safety and welfare of children whilst working in extraordinary circumstances, the school will adhere to the DfE coronavirus guidance.

    In practice, the following procedures will apply:

    Designated Safeguarding Lead

    There will always be a nominated DSL or deputy DSL available, either on site or contactable by phone or online video. Where a DSL or deputy is not on site a senior teacher will take responsibility for safeguarding on site if the school is open and contact the DSL or Deputy DSL by phone.

    Pupils or parents with a safeguarding concern should contact the DSL at the school 01258 860581.

    Vulnerable Children

    The school will continue to work with and support children’s social workers and local authority virtual school heads to help protect vulnerable children. This will include liaising with relevant providers and ensuring that vulnerable children and those on the edge of receiving social care support can attend school where appropriate.

    Pupils and staff on site

    The school will continue to be a safe place for children to attend. We will ensure that appropriate staff are on site to maximise safety, and refer to Government guidance for education and childcare settings on how to implement social distancing and to advice from Public Health England on handwashing and other measures to limit the spread of COVID19.

    Pupils on site will be registered and the school will follow up on any pupil expected to attend. Where a vulnerable child does not take up their place at school, or discontinues, the school will notify their social worker.

    The school will also maintain a record of all staff/volunteers on site on any given day.

    Guided Home Learning

    The school will provide a safe environment for online learning. All pupils and staff must remind themselves of and adhere strictly to the Acceptable Use Agreements and Online Safety Policy, including any COVID-19 extensions to these policies.

    Pastoral Support

    We recognise that school can be a protective factor for children and young people, and that the current circumstances could affect the mental health of pupils and their parents. Staff will be in regular contact with pupils and will continue to be vigilant for signs of safeguarding risk or emotional distress.

    Safeguarding concerns should be reported to the DSL as outlined above. Staff are reminded of the need to report any concern immediately and without delay.

    Pastoral concerns will be addressed initially by the class teacher, who may involve a senior teacher, SENDCo, Headteacher or an ELSA depending on the nature of the issue.

    All safeguarding and pastoral concerns will be logged on My Concern in the usual manner.

    Where a pupil is already known to the school as being in need, or is in receipt of pastoral-type support in school, the DSL will ensure that a communication and support plan is in place for that child. This contact will be done by phone. The plan will be reviewed regularly and where concerns arise the DSL will consider any referrals as appropriate and logged on My Concern.

    Where children move between schools, welfare and child protection information will be shared as required.

    Working in partnership

    We continue to work closely with our local safeguarding partners and other local agencies

  • Information for Parents

    Below are some useful links and websites which may help to support you and your child:-

  • Childnet
  • Connect Safely
  • Safer Internet
  • Childline
  • SWGfL  Parent E-Safety Fact Sheet


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