We recognise that the welfare of the child is paramount and we take our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people in our care seriously.
An agreed definition of safeguarding is: ‘All agencies take all reasonable measures to ensure that the risks of harm to children’s welfare are minimised. Where there are concerns, all agencies take action to address those concerns, working to agreed local policies and procedures in full partnership with other local agencies’ – Joint Chief Inspectors’ report 2002.
If you have a concern about a child, particularly if you think s/he may be suffering or at risk of suffering harm, it is your responsibility to share information promptly with the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection (DSL) or one of the deputies:
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Sam Fuller (Headteacher)
Mr Ben Croton (Deputy Headteacher)
Mrs Jenny Cowling (Pastoral Care Worker)
Mrs Janine Patenotte (Welfare Assistant)
Child Protection Governor: Mrs Fiona Richardson.
Please phone us on 01202 485579 with any concerns and ask to speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mr Sam Fuller, about a safeguarding matter. If he is unavailable, you will be directed to one of our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads.
If reporting a concern, please provide as much information as possible.
If you have a concern during school holidays or out of school hours, please phone one of the numbers below.
If you have a serious concern because you think a child may be being abused, (physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect or sexual abuse) you should contact the BCP Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01202 735046 or email MASH@bcpcouncil.gov.uk. Out of office hours, please contact the Out of Hours Service on 01202 738256.
For all emergency situations please call 999 and ask for the police.
All volunteers and visitors to our school are introduced to the school’s policies and procedures for Child Protection and Safeguarding. As part of their visit they will be expected to read our summary of our Child Protection procedures.
We use the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to undertake criminal record checks. The School Staffing (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 make it mandatory for an enhanced criminal record check to be obtained for all newly appointed school staff. Parents, governors and other volunteers who help regularly in the classroom and with activities associated with the school will require a DBS check because of the frequency of their volunteering activity and the contact they have with children, but others will not.
Click here to read the summary of our Child Protection procedures. All visitors and volunteers are expected to sign that they have read this before entering the school building.
If there is an allegation of abuse about a member of staff, please contact our Headteacher, Mr Sam Fuller on 01202 485579.
If you wish to contact one of our governors, please send your email to the Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you still have an unresolved issue and are concerned about the welfare of a student then please contact the Chair of Trustees at email@example.com.
Keeping Children Safe in Education is statutory guidance that schools and colleges in England must have regard to when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Click here to read a summary of the Department for Education’s document Keeping Children Safe In Education and what it means for our school.
Click here to read the Keeping Children Safe in Education Guidance document.
Our safeguarding and child protection duties includes the government’s Prevent Strategy.
All schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty for Schools. This means schools have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views the same way we protect them from drugs or gang violence.
At CJS, we recognise that safeguarding and creating a safeguarding culture is the responsibility of everyone who works here. We recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability. One way that we build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation is by promoting fundamental British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views.
Dorset Police colleagues are seeking the support of residents as well as people visiting the county, to be aware of the signs of County Lines exploitation and to contact the police if they spot anything.
Signs to look for are:
- A young person going missing from school or home;
- Meeting with unfamiliar adults and/or a change in behaviour;
- Using drugs and alcohol;
- Money or expensive gifts they can’t account for;
- A neighbour who has not been seen for a while;
- More people calling at a neighbour’s home – often at unsociable hours;
- Suspicious vehicles/people attending a neighbour’s home.
If you are concerned about an individual or group who pose a risk to young and vulnerable persons within the community through exploitation or through other criminal means such as county line drug lines drug supply you can pass on information using the online Information Sharing and Request Form.
NEVER assume someone else has passed on the information you have. Duplicate information is better than none.
The following risk assessment details the actions we have taken as a school to reduce the risk pupils and staff face from Coronovirus (COVID-19).