Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children.
Any person employed to work with children in our school is expected to be cleared by a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)
The Safeguarding Lead is: Mrs A. Gasparelli The Deputy Safeguarding lead is: Mr S. Mills The Deputy Safeguarding lead is: Mrs N. Chironda
What to do if you have a concern about a child attending Dorchester Primary School:
If your concern is urgent and there is an immediate risk of harm, then contact the police via 999.
If your concern is less urgent but you are worried about the welfare of the child then contact Children’s Social Care, Access and assessment team on 01482 448879 (Weekdays 8.30AM-5PM) Immediate Help Team on 01482 300304 (After 5PM and weekends)
If you have concerns about a child at Dorchester Primary School, which you believe the school need to be aware of, contact the school and speak with the Safeguarding Lead.
If the school is closed due to school holidays, then email Suzanne Wilson, Strategic Safeguarding Lead for HCAT: firstname.lastname@example.org. Ms Wilson will make contact with a key member of staff from the school on your behalf.
Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school’s trained Key Adult (DSL) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
Children experiencing domestic abuse are negatively impacted by this exposure; domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience and can lead to emotional, physical and psychological harm. Operation Encompass aims to mitigate this harm by enabling immediate support, making a child’s day better and giving them a better tomorrow.
Operation Encompass believes that children are victims of domestic abuse in their own right and should be acknowledged as such.
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