At Lytchett Matravers Primary School, the safety and well-being of our children and their families is our priority. This page contains key information about safeguarding procedures at our school.
If you have any concerns about the safety or well-being of a child, please speak to a member of staff in confidence. There will always be a Child Protection Officer available to speak to you. These officers are also called 'Designated Senior Leaders for Child Protection' (DSL/DDSLs).
The Designated Senior Leads (DSL) for Child Protection are Laura Dominey (Head of School) and Susannah Hill (Executive Headteacher). We also have three Deputy Designated Senior Leaders for Child Protection (DDSLs) and these are the Assistant Headteacher & EYFS Lead Mrs Amy Foster, the Special Needs and Inclusion Lead & Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Heather Helm and our Pastoral Care Worker Mrs Kate McGrail.
We will always be happy to help and listen to your concerns, just contact the school office, stating that you have a Safeguarding concern and a member of our team will get back to you urgently.
Please contact a member of the Safeguarding team via the school office email firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone on 01202 622378.
If you think a child is at risk of significant harm, you can also contact:
DORSET CHAD (Children's Advice and Duty Service) 01305 838125
Poole Children's Services 01202 123334
Out of Hours Service 01202 738256
Alternatively use the NSPCC helpline 0808 8005000
Even contact the police using 999
If you have a safeguarding concern regarding a member of staff or volunteer at Lytchett Matravers Primary School, please speak to Susannah Hill, Executive Headteacher or Laura Dominey, Head of School in confidence.
If you have a safeguarding concern regarding the Executive Headteacher or Head of School, please speak to the Chair of Governors Suzannah MacKay via: email@example.com - or the Deputy CEO of the Hamwic Education Trust, Gemma Carr via: https://www.hamwic.org/contact-us/
All Safeguarding policies are available in the Policies section of the school website. Please contact the school office if you are having trouble locating one of our policies.
Our school Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Suzannah McKay, Chair of Governors.
The Designated Teacher for looked after and post looked after children is Heather Helm.
Our E-Safety Champion is Amy Foster.
Our link Governor for E-Safety is Mr Dave Dorrell.
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Offers a free helpline dedicated to helping women and families suffering from drug, alcohol and mental health problems. ADT Healthcare was established in 2011 by people who overcame addiction themselves. Please click on the title to visit their site.
Finding out your child has been sexually exploited can be distressing and you might not know what to do next. Young people often trust their abuser and don’t know that what’s happening is wrong or are unable to tell anyone due to fear, intimidation and violence. In school, we regularly share with our children the NSPCC’s PANTS message which educates children in an age appropriate way. Make sure you are keeping up to date with the information available out there by clicking on the above title.
County lines is a form of criminal exploitation which has become a major safeguarding issue in our country and county. Urban gangs persuade, coerce or force children as young as 7 and young people to store drugs and money and/or transport them to suburban areas, market towns and coastal towns. It can happen to any child, no matter their background in any part of the UK including Bournemouth and Poole – it is against the law and a form of child abuse. Click here for information about ‘County Lines’ by the Dorset Police.
A free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic abuse and violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation.
Domestic abuse is common in the UK and anyone can be a victim, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background.
“Operation Encompass ensures that there is a simple telephone call or notification to a school’s trained Designated Safeguarding Lead /Officer (known as key Adult) prior to the start of the next school day after an incident of police attended domestic abuse where there are children related to either of the adult parties involved.
Operation Encompass is a police and education early information safeguarding partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support to children experiencing domestic abuse.
Information is shared with a school’s Key Adult (Designated Safeguarding Lead or Officer) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident. This sharing of information enables appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
Children are negatively impacted by experiencing domestic abuse and without early intervention and support this negative impact can last through a child’s life course. Domestic abuse can impact upon social, psychological, physical, emotional and behavioural outcomes with an often negative impact upon a child’s academic success. Experiencing domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience.
Operation Encompass aims, by directly connecting police and schools, to secure better outcomes for children, to enable schools to better understand the impact living with domestic abuse has upon children, to help schools to better understand a child’s lived experience and to therefore be able to support and nurture each child, making a child’s day better and giving them a better tomorrow.
Our aim is to have Operation Encompass in every force, in every school, for every child no matter where they live. It is simply every child’s right.” – Elizabeth and David Carney-Haworth. Lytchett Matravers Primary School are part of Operation Encompass.
Additional advice on identifying children who are affected by domestic abuse and how they can be helped is available here and here. National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000247, Poole Domestic Abuse Outreach: 01202 710777.
To access information regarding FGM (a type of ‘so-called honour based violence) click on the title above. Learn how to spot the signs and who to contact for support.
Click here for information from the government and the Counter Terrorism team regarding ‘Run, Tell, Hide’ – actions to take in the rare event of a firearm or weapons attack. To read more on the governments Prevent Duty Guidance for England and Wales please click on the title.
Educate against hate has lots of information about The Prevent Duty.
Peer on Peer Abuse (including Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence)