Safeguarding & E-Safety

Safeguarding children is central to all we do at St Mary’s.

All staff are responsible for safeguarding but those with specific roles are:

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Linda Lake (currently on long-term sick leave)
  • Acting Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL):  Maria Gadston
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Amanda Burt & Patricia Kellaway
  • Nominated Governor with responsibility for safeguarding: Mary Foster

Our school’s Child Protection Policy (including Safeguarding: there is no separate Safeguarding Policy) and Safer Recruitment Policy.

Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2016 – statutory guidance for schools)

Additional guidance: Prevent Duty Guidance; What to Do if You’re Worried a Child is Being Abused

Dorset Safeguarding Children Board – advice for parents and carers; Child Protection and Your School leaflet

NSPCC Talking Pants booklet. Excellent advice for talking to your children about how to keep safe.

A Parents’ Guide to Being Share Aware. More excellent advice from the NSPCC.


Many parents and carers seek advice on how they can help their children to ‘Stay Safe’ online outside of school. These links provide help and support for parents and carers:

Dorset Safe Schools Team and their latest newsletters for parents:
Autumn 2016 | Spring 2017

SWGfL – A Parents’ Guide to Technology

Many excellent leaflets and resources are available from childnet.

Thinkuknow – this is the Child Exploitation and Online Protection site and it is full of advice for parents as well as games and activities for children from 5 upwards.

Thinkuknow’s latest campaign (July 2016): The World Changes, Children Don’t

You can find our school E-Safety Policy on the school policies page.

page last updated: 22 February 2017