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. This only contains the date and time of the incident, name of the pupil concerned and parties involved. 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. Bournemouth and Poole LSCB

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

7. Working Together to Safeguard Children March 2015

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. Family Information Service – Borough of Poole

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

    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 Strategy

    20. Anti-Bullying Strategy

    21. Educate Against Hate

    22. Barnardos

    23. LSCB Child Sexual Exploitation

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

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

    26. CAMHS

    27. Family Information Directory

    28. Child Line



    Domestic Abuse Support & Information



    Victim Support

    Womens Aid




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