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If you have any safeguarding concerns please do not hesitate to talk to one of our Safeguarding Leads.  Out of school hours you can phone social care on 01202 738256.


Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs. S. Harris

Deputy Safeguarding Leads

Miss J. Harries

Miss Carla Pilgrim

Mr. M. Golding

Mrs. K. Hunnisett


Safeguarding Governor

Mrs. Williamson

Specific Concerns

PREVENT Lead- concerns about radicalisation - Mrs. S. Harris

Online Safety Champion - Mrs. S. Harris

Anti-Bullying Champion - Mrs. Walpole

If you have any concerns over these issues please do not hesitate to see the appropriate person to talk over your worries so that we can keep our children safe.

Domestic Abuse & Police Notifications


The children's safety both at home and at school is a priority. We are now an Operation Encompass School (see link below for more details), this means that we are automatically notified by the police if they attend any incidents in a household in which children who attend our school are known to live. If we receive information about domestic violence or other incidents that could affect any of our children we will always share it appropriately to help protect our children.


If you think that a child is being affected by domestic violence or by anything else please contact Children's Social Care or one of the school Designated Safeguarding Leads. Information may be shared anonymously.



Child Protection Policy


The health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers working in Heathlands to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils.


We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All our staff receive safeguarding awareness training and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.


On occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Where possible we will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare. The safeguarding policy can be viewed below.


This is in line with the government's Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) guidance 2023.

Our Safeguarding and Whistleblowing Policies can be found in our policy section here

Internet Safety:

We live in an increasingly digital world. It is important that as adults, we know how to keep children safe whilst using online services.


Keep Safe By The Sea

Living by the sea is amazing and affords our children experiences many do not have the opportunity for. However, the sea can can dangerous and keeping children safe when near the sea is really important. play the video before your day at the beach to show children how to be safe! 

  • KEEP SAFE AT THE BEACH Dorset have produced a child friendly video to help children keep safe when they are by the sea


Private Fostering


Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a 'close relative'. This is a private arrangement made between a parent and a carer, for 28 days or more. Close relatives are defined as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts (whether of full blood, half blood or marriage/affinity).

If you privately foster a child or know of someone else who does it is a legal requirement to inform the local council.


Children Missing Education

if a child is not attending school and the school do not know where they are or why they are not attending we report to the Local Authority.


Useful websites:

  • The NSPCC website Help and support from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children