Frome Valley CE First School takes a child centred and coordinated approach to safeguarding.
All schools and their staff are an important part of the wider safeguarding system for children. This system is described in statutory guidance: Working together to Safeguard Children.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. This means that staff should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
At Frome Valley First School, we take safeguarding very seriously from recruitment to induction to regular training.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed on this page. Other polices can be viewed under the key information section of this website.
We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
On this page, you will find information about safeguarding in our school as well as useful information and websites for parents.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is: Julie Thorp (Headteacher)
Our Deputy DSL is: Rachel Dixon (SENDCO)
Our Governor Lead for Safeguarding is: Gemma Bridle
Our Wessex MAT Lead for Safeguarding is: Martin Baker
If you have a safeguarding concern that you need to discuss, please speak to Julie Thorp or Rachel Dixon in the first instance.
You can also contact the Dorset Council Children's Advice and Duty Service: 01305 228866
This telephone number is for any member of the public with concerns about a child.
Each year, we update our Safeguarding Policy in line with Government legislation and Local Authority recommendations. Other useful safeguarding policies can be found under Key Information - Policies.
Keeping Children Safe in Education
All schools must follow the statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment.
This document is discussed with all staff and Governors so that we all understand our safeguarding duties.
Operation Encompass Safeguarding Statement
Frome Valley First School is part of Operation Encompass. This is a police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Abuse.
For more information, please read the statement below.
OUR KEY ADULTS ARE:
Julie Thorp – DSL
Judith Essex – Deputy DSL
Gemma Florance – DSL (Preschool)
In July 2015, the Government published advice for Governing bodies, school leaders and school staff. The advice explained what the Prevent Duty means for school and how schools should demonstrate compliance with the duty.
The Prevent Duty is part of the school's safeguarding procedures and practices.
The following leaflet has been created by Dorset on preventing terrorism and radicalisation within our Communities.
Useful Information / Web Links
Dorset Safe Schools and Communities Team (SSCT)
The Dorset Safe Schools and Communities Team provides newsletters for parents on keeping children safe online. They also visit our school from time to time. Last year, they worked with each class to discuss e-safety and held a parent information session before working with the teachers on e-safety.