Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.
If you have any concerns regarding the safeguarding of any of our pupils please contact one of our Designated safeguarding leads Mrs Jill Turner, Miss Carla Pilgrim, Ms Janine Harries, Miss Rebecca Smith
Our Child Protection and Safeguarding policies can be found here:
Trust > Policies, Accounts & Formal Documents > Policies
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.
PREVENT Lead- concerns about radicalisation - Mrs. Turner
E-Safety Champion - Miss Palmer
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.
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.
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 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 2020.
We live in an increasingly digital world. It is important that as adults, we know how to keep children safe whilst using online services.
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 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.
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.
The NSPCC website Help and support from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
The Bournemouth & Poole Local Safeguarding Children Board Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
Educate Against Hate Protect children from extremism and radicalisation
Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch Family Information Lots of information about all aspects of child safety including childminders, health and wellbeing, schools and local activities
Drug and Alcohol Support - Poole Essential Drug and Alcohol Services
Drug and Alcohol Support - Bournemouth Essential Drug and Alcohol Services