Safeguarding Information & Contacts

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

     - protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
     - preventing harm to children’s health or development
     - ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
     - taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures, which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.

Winchelsea School is committed to providing the highest possible standards in all safeguarding issues.

Maintaining the highest possible standards means that:

     - We are committed to ensuring that all members of our community are safe and happy at school
     - We are vigilant in ensuring that no risks to health or safety go unchallenged
     - We are vigilant in ensuring that no person without proper identification goes unchallenged
     - We are mindful of all the different individuals that make up our community, their needs, concerns and difficulties
     - Should we believe or suspect any child in our care is suffering any type of abuse, maltreatment or neglect, we will always act immediately and follow up
     - All members of our community understand their responsibilities in safeguarding and know who to report their concerns to
     - We are committed to ensuring all members of our community are respected, valued and nurtured irrespective of background, race, gender, sexual orientation or differing ability
     - We are committed to supporting any member of our staff who is the subject of a malicious accusation

Domestic Abuse Alerts

The Designated Safeguarding Lead receives a notification from BCP Social Care when Police have visited a home in respect of a Domestic Abuse incident where a pupil of the school resides. The DSL will liaise with the relevant staff to ascertain our knowledge of the circumstances in the family home and contact Social Care in instances of concern or where more information is required.

Safeguarding Team

In school, Adam Bradford leads our safeguarding team, with support from Geoff Cherrill (Headteacher), Jo Snow and Michelle Boreham. Please do not hesitate to contact one of the team if you have any questions or information.


 Useful Contacts

1. Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership

Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership - Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership (

2. Keeping Children Safe in Education

If you would like to view the Keeping Children Safe in Education pamphlet in an alternative language, please use the link below

3. What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused – March 2015

4. Information sharing advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people and families.

5. Ofsted Safeguarding Children

6. Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings

Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings - GOV.UK (

7. Working Together to Safeguard Children July 2018

8. Section 175 Education Act 2002

9. Department for Education – e-safety guidelines

10. Safeguarding: Disclosure and Barring – changes from September 2012

11. The Information Commissioner’s Office – Data Protection Act in Schools and Education

12. The South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL)

13. Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch Family Information Directory and SEND Local Offer


    14. Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who Work with Children and Young People

    Professional and Personnel Relationships (

    15. Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools Departmental Advice for School Staff

    16. SSCT

    17. Vodafone – Digital parenting

    18. NSPCC Parent Helpline

    19. Early Help

    BCP Council Early Help services | BCP FID (

    20. Educate Against Hate

    21. Barnardos

    22. Children & Young People – Child Sexual Exploitation

    Children & Young People - Child Sexual Exploitation - Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership (

    23. Charlie Waller Memorial Trust - Depression - let's get talking

    24. Kooth - Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people

    25. CAMHS

    26. Child Line

    Refer any Prevent concerns to police using the Home Office Prevent Referral Form ( or for advice e-mail or immediate response call the Anti Terror hotline on 0800 789 321


    If you have concerns about pupils travelling to a conflict zone seek Home Office guidance and refer to MASH if still concerned.



    Domestic Abuse Support & Information



    Victim Support

    Womens Aid




    Covid Testing

    12 Mar 2021

    Dear Parent/Carer, Please find below a link to a letter containing information relating to COVID-19 home testing for pupils in Years 7 to 11. COVID_19_Testing_Letter_Pupils_in_Year_7_to_11_12.03.2021....


    03 Feb 2021

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    29 Jan 2021

    I refer to our recent communication advising parents/carers that whole school remote online learning will continue until February half-term, with pupils returning to school and face to face provision...

    Update - Continued Whole School Remote Learning

    28 Jan 2021

    Hi everyone, Hope you're all doing OK, I just wanted to send out an update on the situation at school, please see the attached letter: Letter_270121_Continued_Remote_Learning.pdf As you will...

    Remote Learning Provision

    28 Jan 2021

    We hope your child has been accessing and enjoying the remote learning provision that has been in place, and a huge thank you to all parents, carers and family members who have supported your child to...

    School Update

    25 Jan 2021

    Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing ok and you are keeping safe. I just wanted to update you about the situation in school. We have a significant number of staff and pupils have tested positive for...

    Contacting School

    22 Jan 2021

    Hi everyone, While we are in a situation where pupils are accessing remote learning, rather than being on site, please see below for information about contacting school -  1. For general enquirie...

    Urgent Update - Friday 22nd January 2021

    22 Jan 2021

    Hi everybody, An important update for you all -  We have now had 10 positive cases of Covid-19 amongst staff and 5 positive cases amongst pupils.  In addition, we have a large number of fami...

    Remote Learning Survey

    21 Jan 2021

    Hi everyone, I hope you're all ok! If you get a minute, we'd appreciate some feedback on the Remote Learning. The link to the survey is below! Thanks in advance!


    21 Jan 2021

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