Safeguarding

Safeguarding Information & Contacts

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • 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.

Winchelsea School is committed to providing the highest possible standards in all safeguarding issues.

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

Domestic Abuse Alerts

The Designated Safeguarding Lead receives a notification from BCP Social Care when Police have visited a home in respect of a Domestic Abuse incident where a pupil of the school resides. This only contains the date and time of the incident, name of the pupil concerned and parties involved. The DSL will liaise with the relevant staff 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.

Safeguarding Team

In school, Adam Bradford leads our safeguarding team, with support from Geoff Cherrill (Headteacher), Jo Snow and Michelle Boreham. Please do not hesitate to contact one of the team if you have any questions or information.

 

 Useful Contacts

1. Bournemouth and Poole LSCB

http://bournemouth-poole-lscb.org.uk/home

2. Keeping Children Safe in Education

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2

If you would like to view the Keeping Children Safe in Education pamphlet in an alternative language, please use the link below

 https://bournemouth-poole-lscb.org.uk/useful-documents/schools-and-colleges/

3. What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused – March 2015

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-to-do-if-youre-worried-a-child-is-being-abused--2

4. Information sharing advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people and families.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safeguarding-practitioners-information-sharing-advice

5. Ofsted Safeguarding Children

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/schools/for-schools/safeguarding-children

6. Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/inspecting-safeguarding-in-early-years-education-and-skills-from-september-2015

7. Working Together to Safeguard Children March 2015

http://www.workingtogetheronline.co.uk/chapters/contents.html

8. Section 175 Education Act 2002

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2002/32/section/175

9. Department for Education – e-safety guidelines

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/251455/advice_on_child_internet_safety.pdf

10. Safeguarding: Disclosure and Barring – changes from September 2012

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service

11. The Information Commissioner’s Office – Data Protection Act in Schools and Education

http://ico.org.uk/for_organisations/sector_guides/education

12. The South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL)

http://swgfl.org.uk/

13. Family Information Service – Borough of Poole

http://www.poolefamilyinformationdirectory.com/kb5/poole/fis/home.page

    14. Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who Work with Children and Young People

    http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20100202100434/dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters/resources-and-practice/ig00311/

    15. Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools Departmental Advice for School Staff

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mental-health-and-behaviour-in-schools--2

    16. SSCT

    https://www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/safety-in-your-community/safe-schools-communities-team/

    17. Vodafone – Digital parenting

    http://www.vodafone.com/content/digital-parenting.html

    18. NSPCC Parent Helpline

    https://www.nspcc.org.uk/services-and-resources/nspcc-helpline/

    19. Early Help Strategy

    https://www.poole.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/strategies-plans-and-policies/early-help-strategy/

    20. Anti-Bullying Strategy

     https://www.poole.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/strategies-plans-and-policies/anti-bullying-strategy/

    21. Educate Against Hate

    https://educateagainsthate.com/

    22. Barnardos

    https://www.barnardos.org.uk/

    23. LSCB Child Sexual Exploitation

    https://proceduresonline.com/trixcms/media/1950/cse-leaflet-updated-jun-2018.pdf

    24. Charlie Waller Memorial Trust - Depression - let's get talking

    https://www.cwmt.org.uk/

    25. Kooth - Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people 

    https://www.kooth.com/

    26. CAMHS

    https://camhsdorset.org/

    27. Family Information Directory

    http://www.poolefamilyinformationdirectory.com/kb5/poole/fis/home.page

    28. Child Line

    https://www.childline.org.uk/

     

     

    Domestic Abuse Support & Information

    NSPCC

    https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/domestic-abuse/

     

    Victim Support

    https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/crime-info/types-crime/domestic-abuse


    Womens Aid

    https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/helpline/

     

    https://www.gov.uk/report-domestic-abuse

     

     

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    Updated Guidance

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    31st March 2020

    31 Mar 2020

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    30 Mar 2020

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    Monday 30th March

    30 Mar 2020

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    27 Mar 2020

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    Friday 27th March - AM

    27 Mar 2020

    The only update so far today is.... IT'S TIME FOR A SING-A-LONG!!!!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zg9BzBLvpJ8 Regards,Geoff 

    Friday 27th March - PM

    27 Mar 2020

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    Important Information

    26 Mar 2020

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    Resources

    26 Mar 2020

    Please see attched for some recommended YouTube Channels and Websites. Website_Links_for_Parents.pdf I have added this to the Updates tab on the website too. Regards,Geoff CherrillHeadteacher

    Thursday 26th March - AM

    26 Mar 2020

    Sorry about the flurry of messages this morning! I just needed to share some stuff with you all. I'm sure you're all going to be sick of me soon!! Just a quick message this morning.... I know some of...

    Messages to Staff

    26 Mar 2020

    I have just posted a video and left the comments on. Please feel free to post any messages to your amazing school staff on this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwyoO_zM-RE All other videos will...

    Thursday 26th March - PM

    26 Mar 2020

    Hi everyone! I hope you are all ok and you are keeping safe. If you haven't already been in touch with us about Free School Meals, please contact us tomorrow, as we are able to help you with this. If...

    Wednesday 25th March - AM

    25 Mar 2020

    Hi everyone! I hope you're all doing ok and enjoying the sunshine if you can! Nothing new to update you on so far today, so a couple of reminders... Please keep getting people to subscribe to the YouT...

    Wednesday 25th March - PM

    25 Mar 2020

    Good afternoon everyone! I hope you are all ok and everyone is managing to keep calm!! Again, I have nothing new to update at the moment. However, I understand a few of you are anxious about a couple...

    Tuesday 24th March - AM

    24 Mar 2020

    Good morning! Thank you all so much for keeping so many of your children at home. Once again, we have been able to stay open for those families who need us to be open.  I have no doubt that many...

    Tuesday 24th March - PM

    24 Mar 2020

    Todays afternoon message will be on the YouTube channel shortly! Please keep sharing the link! Regards,Geoff 

    Monday 23rd March

    23 Mar 2020

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    23 Mar 2020

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    Monday 23rd March - PM

    23 Mar 2020

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    Monday 23rd March - Evening

    23 Mar 2020

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    Sunday Update

    22 Mar 2020

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    On a positive note...

    22 Mar 2020

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    22 Mar 2020

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    Sunday Evening

    22 Mar 2020

    Hi everyone, I hope you've all had a good day. Again, it was lovely to see some of you earlier today. Big thanks to those staff who called in too! Tomorrow we will welcome back some of our pupils and...

    Safeguarding

    21 Mar 2020

    Although this is an unprecedented situation, it is still vital that we continue to keep our children safe. To help with this, I have attached some safeguarding guidance for you all. We have also set u...

    Saturday Update

    21 Mar 2020

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    Update - Friday 20th March

    20 Mar 2020

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    Free School Meals Update

    20 Mar 2020

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    Visual Support

    20 Mar 2020

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    Important Update - 20th March

    20 Mar 2020

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    20 Mar 2020

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    Update

    19 Mar 2020

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    19 Mar 2020

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    Transport Update

    19 Mar 2020

    I have been advised that, at present, the intention is to provide transport for those of you who are entitled to it and would like your children to attend next week. This may change due to staffing le...

    Update

    19 Mar 2020

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    19 Mar 2020

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    Update

    19 Mar 2020

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    18 Mar 2020

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    18 Mar 2020

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    17 Mar 2020

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    Update

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