Safeguarding & Student Welfare
In an increasingly complex world in which to grow up, young people and their parents face many challenges. At Poole Grammar we seek to support all students and staff in the school community to be happy in their lives, safe and free from all forms of harassment and discrimination. The cornerstones to support these aims are contained the school policies that are available to download from the website on Child Protection, Safeguarding Policies and Procedures, Behaviour, Harassment & Bullying and E-Safety. Should any problems arise it is important that students and parents know who to contact.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead for the school is Mrs K Etheridge, Deputy Head
The other designated members of staff are:
Mr N. Chase, Deputy DSL, Online Safety Champion, Assistant Headteacher
Mr M. Hayward, Deputy DSL
Mrs C. Bennetton, ELSA
Miss S. Bladen, Prevent lead, Head of Year
Mr S. Jenkins, Deputy Headteacher
Mrs L. Joy, Pastoral Support
Mr S. Llewelyn, Head of Year
Mrs K. Shepherd, Finance and HR Manager
Dr A. Smith, Headteacher
Mr J. Stiby, Bursar with responsibility for safeguarding arrangements for support staff and liaison with Governors.
The Nominated Safeguarding Governors are Mrs A. Thomas and Mrs F. French.
All designated staff have an enhanced level of training in Safeguarding. In line with the LSCB guidance, all teaching and support staff have full training from an external provider every 3 years, in-house training in the interim years and are regularly updated in staff meetings, via staff bulletins and by e-mail about current Safeguarding issues.
Safeguarding issues and training for the school are overseen and monitored by the Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership. Further information about this organisation and information for young people, parents and carers and professionals can be found on their website which can be accessed here: www.pdscp.co.uk.
Our 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.
Operation Encompass means that the police will share information about Domestic Abuse incidents with our school soon after they have been called to a domestic incident.
All Key Adults (Mrs Etheridge and Mr Chase) have attended an Operation Encompass local briefing as well as national online training.
The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information.
The Key Adult has also led briefings for all school staff and Governors about Operation Encompass, the prevalence of Domestic Abuse and the impact of this abuse on children. We have also discussed how we can support our children following the Operation Encompass notification.
The Safeguarding Governor will report on Operation Encompass in the termly report to Governors. All information is anonymised for these reports. The Key Adult has used the Operation Encompass Toolkit to ensure that all appropriate actions have been taken by the school.
Complementary to what we do in school is the work of a wide variety of organisations that can provide advice and support for both students and parents when encountering a range of challenges. A key gateway to helping local families is the BCP Family Information Service and Family Information Directory which contains a wealth of information and links to a range of useful resources for both young people and their parents. Whilst general advice is available on their website different regarding aspects of family life, in a safeguarding context a wealth of information can be found at:
If students are experiencing any problems at school related to bullying they should use the button on Moodle to seek help. Anti-bullying work in school is supported by a team of Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, led by Miss Bladen and Ms Gollan. Work is carried out throughout the year on this topic in school through tutor time, PHSE and assemblies as well as supporting the national Anti-Bullying Week.
Advice and support can also be obtained through the following agencies:
Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA)
Brings together over 60 organisations into one network with the aim of reducing bullying and creating safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.
Bully Free Zone
One of the leading peer support projects in Britain. The project aims to raise awareness of alternative ways of resolving conflict and reduce bullying.
Provides an email advice service for children and young people as well as online help and information, for schools as well as pupils.
Provides training or professionals, courses for bullied children, a helpline for parents of bullied children and books, videos, free booklets and leaflets about the prevention of bullying, many in several languages.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre
Resources have been produced by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre to help schools to teach young people about how to stay safe online. The resources were designed by young people for young people and incorporate the latest classroom chat, lingo and music to effectively portray key messages about safety online.
ChildNet International provides specialist resources for young people to raise awareness of online safety and how to protect themselves.
Tel: 020 7639 6967 www.childnet.com
E Safety – ThinkuKnow
ThinkuKnow is a very effective programme for raising awareness and schools in Poole have been actively supported and encouraged to implement these activities for children. Information provided by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.
UK Safer Internet Centre
A partnership of three leading online organisations – South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL). Childnet and Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) – aiming to make the internet a safe and better place for all.
Vodaphone Digital Parenting Magazine
A fantastic free resource for families to use: http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/
We are also very fortunate in the local area to have the services of the Police Safe Schools and Communities Team that as a school we liaise closely with over a range of issues and they provide us with valuable training for our students. Parents can contact them for advice via their website or by dialing 101 and asking to be put through to them.
Committed to improving children’s wellbeing and mental health
Kooth is an online couinselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop devices:
Race or Religious Discrimination
Dorset Race Equality Council
This is an independent charity that provides help and support to victims of discrimination and harassment, particularly related to race, faith or belief. The service is free and confidential.
Support for LGBTQ+ Students
We are a Stonewall Champion School and will not permit discrimination against any of our school community on the basis of their gender or sexual orientation.
A campaign and lobby group working to achieve legal equality and social justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals.
Intercom Trust is an independent charity that provides support and advocacy services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities in the southwest for people who encounter homophobic crime, prejudice or discrimination. Call their confidential LGBT helpline.
Tel: 0800 612 3010
Aims to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual [LGBT] staff in education and to raise the profile of LGBT people and issues.
Tel: 01273 298299 www.schools-out.org.uk
Space Youth Project is a group for young Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual, Trans and questioning people under 25 based in Dorset.
Trans Unite allows members of the transgender & non-binary communities to find a support group local to them (or even an online-only group). The site is run by volunteers and a not-for-profit organisation.
National Support Organisations
Offers a free, 24-hour helpline and counselling service for children in distress or danger.
Tel: 0800 1111
Children’s Legal Centre
The Children’s Legal Centre provides legal advice, information, assistance and representation to children, parents/carers and professional working with children.
Tel: 08088 020 008
Coping with Chaos
Supporting families caring for a child/children or young person with a disability or special educational needs.
National Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
NSPCC aims to end cruelty to children. Works with children and families, as well as influencing public policy and attitudes. Provide helpline services.
Tel: 0808 800 5000
Keeping Children Safe In Education document
The latest version of the document which is statutory guidance and encompasses all aspects of Safeguarding work in schools can be accessed at: