Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
- protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
- preventing harm to children’s health or development
- ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
Poole High School is committed to providing the highest possible standards in all safeguarding issues.
All our Level 3 trained safeguarding staff are detailed in the contacts document, but the key personnel are:
Headteacher: Mr P Gray
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr A Bousfield (Director of Behaviour & Safeguarding).
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Sian Phillips (Deputy Headteacher) and Sue Orchard
Looked After Children Teacher: Mr S Bury (Director of Behaviour and Culture)
Prevent Lead: Mr A Bousfield (Director of Behaviour & Safeguarding)
Antibullying Ambassador: Mr S Bury (Director of Behaviour and Culture)
Safeguarding Governors: Rosie Knapper
Members of staff have a professional responsibility to share relevant information about the protection of students with other professional agencies. This can include social care, Early Help services, police and other agencies that may support your child. A member of staff must, therefore, never promise confidentiality.
Safeguarding and Child Protection Enquiries: Out of Hours
Please be aware that during any half terms or school closures (whether INSET days or unplanned closures), you will need to contact the following services if you have any concerns or require advice for your family or another:
- Where there is an immediate risk or concern for a child please contact the police on 999.
- For concerns about a child or where you have ongoing concerns, please contact Social Care on 01202 735046.
- If your enquiry is outside normal office hours (Mon-Fri, 8:30am – 5:15pm), please contact Social Care on 01202 738256
- If the child resides in the Dorset area, please contact Dorset Children’s Social Care on 01202 228866
- Any arranged meetings such as Child in Need or Child Protection that have been arranged during holidays and agreed upon with families will still go ahead and a school representative will attend.
- If a meeting is held during any school holidays or closures when school representation is not possible, the school will aim to provide a written report in advance of the conference.
- If you would like any further advice or require support outside of school hours, please see the information around the Early Help team or family information directory.
Maintaining the highest possible standards means that:
- we are committed to ensuring that all members of our community are safe and happy at school;
- we are vigilant in ensuring that no risks to health or safety go unchallenged;
- we are vigilant in ensuring that no person without proper identification goes unchallenged;
- we are mindful of all the different individuals that make up our community, their needs, concerns and difficulties;
- should we believe or suspect any child in our care is suffering any type of abuse, maltreatment or neglect, we will always act immediately and follow up;
- all members of our community understand their responsibilities in safeguarding and know who to report their concerns to;
- we are committed to ensuring all members of our community are respected, valued and nurtured irrespective of background, race, gender, sexual orientation or differing ability;
- we are committed to supporting any member of our staff who is the subject of a malicious accusation.
Poole High School is fully committed to the safeguarding of our students. As a school, we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability. PREVENT is the name given to a national strategy that aims to stop people from becoming involved with violent extremists or supporting terrorism. The PREVENT duty is carried out under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, which legally requires us to take steps to prevent students from being drawn into terrorism. We take this duty seriously and carry out the four main actions: risk assessment, working in partnership, staff training and IT Policies. If we assess a student as a risk, we will refer them to the Channel Partnership, which focuses on providing support at an early stage.
In terms of internet safety, we ensure suitable filters (including keyword and phrase monitoring) are in place to keep students away from extremist materials.
We recognise that we play a vital role in keeping people safe from harm, including from the risks of extremism and radicalisation, and in promoting the welfare of students in our care.
Below are links for further guidance and information:
Our school is part of Operation Encompass. This is a police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership that 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 key adults are Adam Bousfield, Sue Orchard, Sian Phillips
Our parents are fully aware that we are an Operation Encompass school.
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.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) receives a notification from BCP Social Care when police have visited a home where a pupil of the school resides because of a domestic abuse incident. This alert will contain the details of adults involved, address and name of the pupil concerned.
If the child does not live at the property where the domestic abuse alert has been recorded, we can still receive the alert due to their relationship being either their mother, father or person of responsibility.
The DSL will liaise with the relevant staff in the school to ascertain our knowledge of the circumstances in the family home and contact Social Care in instances of concern or where more information is required. This alert will then be recorded on the child’s safeguarding file.
The LADO is the person who must be informed of concerns and allegations made against staff or volunteers in school. Please note it may also be appropriate to contact the LADO if an allegation is made against someone who is closely associated with a staff member.
The individual may have:
- behaved in a way that has harmed or may have harmed a child;
- possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child;
- behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates he or she would pose a risk of harm to children.
The LADO works in children’s services and gives advice and guidance to anyone who has concerns about the behaviour of an adult who works with children and young people.
In the BCP area they can be contacted via:
Principal Telephone: 01202 456744
Direct Dial: Julie Murphy (01202 127784)
Direct Dial: Laura Baldwin (01202 456708)
As always, where there is an immediate risk or concern for a child, please contact the Police via 999 or contact Children’s Social Care on 01202 735046.
If your enquiry is outside of normal office hours (Mon-Fri 8.30am – 5.15pm), please contact the ‘Children’s Out of Hours Service’ on 01202 738256.
If the child resides in the Dorset area, please contact Dorset Children’s Social Care on 01202 228866.