Pamphill CE First School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare, both physical and emotional, of every pupil both inside and outside of the school premises. We implement a whole-school preventative approach to managing safeguarding concerns, ensuring that the wellbeing of pupils is at the forefront of all action taken. We expect all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment and maintain a vigilant and safe environment. It is our willingness to work in a safe manner and challenge inappropriate behaviour that underpins this commitment.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Rachael Oliver and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Tania Christopher. You can contact the Safeguarding Leads through the school office on 01202 883008.
All members of our Safeguarding Team have had specialist training in Safeguarding and Child Protection. All staff at Pamphill CE First School are trained in Safeguarding Children, have regular Safeguarding training and understand their role in protecting children.
Kelly Overhill is the Safeguarding Officer for Wimborne Academy Trust firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a concern?
If you have a concern about a child, please contact the school and ask to speak with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or the Deputy Safeguarding Lead.
If you have a concern about a child outside of school hours please contact the following Local Authority out of hours services:
● Dorset ChAD - 01305 228866
● Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) - 01202 738256
For any emergencies relating to welfare or safety, dial 999.
For more information follow this link:
Pan Dorset Children's Safeguarding Board
Domestic Violence and Operation Encompass
What is Domestic Violence?
The government definition of domestic violence and abuse is:
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:
This definition, which is not a legal definition, includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.
Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape, and regulating their everyday behaviour.
Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.
Dorset Police Domestic Abuse Awareness Campaign
Please click here for further information.
What is Claire’s Law?
Claire’s law is a way of checking if your partner has a history of domestic violence. For more information about how to make a request for information, visit here.
National Domestic Violence Helpline:
24-hour helpline, 0808 2000 247
From April 2021 the school will be part of Operation Encompass. 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 directly connects the police with schools to secure better outcomes for children who are subject or witness to police-attended incidents of domestic abuse. Rapid provision of support within the school environment means children are better safeguarded against the short-, medium- and long-term effects of domestic abuse.
For more information about Domestic Violence and support please visit:
Dorset - Domestic Abuse Dorset County Council
Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole (BCP) - Domestic Abuse BCP
Worried about a child’s mental Health
In the UK today, an estimated five children in every classroom has a mental health problem. (youngminds.org.uk)
What is Mental Ill-Health?
Mental ill-health can manifest in many different ways. A child could present with sadness, anger, low appetite, tired, emotional or just behaving differently or unusually. Changing mood is part of growing up and is perfectly normal however if a child is not bouncing back from these changing moods or you have concerns, please speak with someone.
If you are concerned about the mental health of a child please contact the school for advice. What is the Child and Adolescent
Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
CAMHS is an NHS service that supports children with serious mental health related issues. A CAMHS referral can be made by the school or via your GP.
Further support and advice can be found on the following websites:
Online Safety and Technology
The internet is a fantastic resource of information and entertainment. However there are many examples of ways children can be exposed to danger and risk online without proper supervision and guidance. As a parent, the balance between giving your child the freedom to explore and learn, and keeping them safe can be difficult. Your child may not feel they need a parents support however it is vital you support them whilst they learn to use technology safely.
Children can access the online world through a variety of ways including, mobile phones, tablets, games consoles and any electronic devices that can share information, pictures or video need to be considered.
What are the potential issues with online safety and technology?
Childnet lists many topics that give information about potential problems of going online and using technology. These include, cyberbullying, grooming and in-app purchases. For more information visit their website here.
In addition, the Government has produced advice for parents and carers about cyberbullying here.
How do I know if a game, film or book is suitable for my child?
Like films, video games carry a PEGI age rating for more information on PEGI click here. For further advice and reviews from parents common sense media provides a search facility with information about age appropriateness of games and films.
How can I protect my child?
It’s important you spend time reading and researching matters related to online safety and discuss this with your child at home. Whilst open and frank conversations with a child can be difficult, it is vital you do this to keep them safe. In addition, you can ‘take control’ of how they use the internet and technology. Please visit the NSPCC guide here for advice on how to apply parental controls on a variety of devices.
If you have concerns please speak with Alison Pinto the schools e-safety champion.
In addition, the following websites contain useful information:
The anti-bullying alliance defines bullying as the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face to face or online.
Pamphill CE Fist School is committed to developing an anti-bullying culture where the bullying of adults, children or young people is not tolerated in any form. we work proactively to prevent all forms of bullying and work with pupils and parents to educate and support all issues around this issue.
If you have any concerns about bullying please speak with Alison Pinto the school’s Anti-bullying Champion. For further information please see links below:
Prevent is part of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy that aims to stop people becoming terrorists. It is a multi-agency approach to safeguard people at risk of radicalisation.
Terrorism can occur anywhere in the world with atrocities carried out in support of various ideologies. There is no single definition of terrorism but it commonly refers to criminal acts intended to provoke a state of terror in the general public. Terrorism can be motivated by a range of ideologies or other factors, including religion, politics and race. In the UK the extreme right wing groups and single issue groups such as animal rights campaigners can post a significant threat.
How does Prevent work?
It looks at building a deeper understanding of how individuals become radicalised. This helps to identify ways of preventing people from becoming terrorists or supporting violent extremism.
Typically, a radicalisation process includes exposure of an individual to extremist viewpoints that may eventually influence the person to carry out an act of violent extremism or terrorism. This could take weeks, months or even years. It is possible to intervene during this process and stop someone becoming a terrorist or supporting violent extremist activity.
There is a lot of information about Prevent available on the Home Office website:
Preventing Children from Radicalisation: the Prevent Duty
If you believe someone is at risk of radicalisation you can help them obtain support and prevent them becoming involved by raising your concerns and making a referral, either to the schools Designated Safeguarding Lead, or contact the Safeguarding Referral Unit: email@example.com
The Dorset Police website contains further information about Prevent
Anti-terrorist hotline 0800 789 321
Crimestoppers 0800 555 111