SAFEGUARDING at St Osmund’s Middle School

St Osmund’s Middle School recognises that the welfare of the child is paramount and takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people in its care.

St Osmund’s Middle School recognises it is the duty and responsibility of everyone in the school community to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. Everyone at St Osmund’s Middle School understands they have a personal responsibility to notice when a child or young person may be at risk of harm and to pass on their concerns to the Safeguarding Team who can work with other agencies to protect them.

Safeguarding children and young people means protecting them from abuse or neglect. It also means working with other agencies to support families and creating an environment in school where children and young people feel safe and healthy.


In order to keep our school community as up to date as possible on matters involving safeguarding, online / eSafety and cyberbullying, we attach any useful resources and information from suitable sources.

We also use our school Facebook page (link)

and school Twitter account (link)     to circulate this material.

We aim to use the National Online Safety site

NOS #WakeUpWednesday

post every week on Facebook and Twitter. On occasions for issues of extreme concern, we try to forward things via our Parentmail system. If any parents are not signed up to this, please contact the school office (01305 262897) who will be happy to support in doing so.


The Safeguarding Team at St Osmund’s Middle School:


Designated Safeguarding Lead is:

Mr Paul Absolom (Level 3)


The Deputy Safeguarding Leads are:

Mrs Saira Sawtell  (Headteacher) (Level 3)

Mr Simon Beet (Deputy Head)  (Level 3)

Mr Gareth Biddle (Assistant Head) (Level 3)


Responsibility for central record of staff recruitment and vetting:

Mrs Saira Sawtell (Headteacher)

Mrs Rebecca Golledge (School Business Manager)


Our Nominated Governor for Safeguarding is:

Mrs Nikki Fowler (Level 2)


St Osmund’s School Middle School – Safeguarding Policies:

Click on links below  to view


COVID 19 SO Safeguarding Policy – Additional Section

SO Safeguarding Brochure 2020

SO Prevent action plan (Oct 2019)

SO Prevent- Guidance (Oct 2019)


Safeguarding Summary for all visitors


DfE Guidance:

Keeping Children Safe in Education

Keeping Children Safe in Education Part 1

Prevent Duty Departmental Advice


Links for parents and carers to support them to keep children and young people safe online:

SSCT Online Safety & Cybercrime Prevention Resources


Momo Information Guide

County Lines Information

Parents Snapchat-Guide

Instagram Parents Guide

Parent Information Poster Stay Safe Online

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How to report a Safety Concern about a Child

Anyone can report any concerns they have about the safety of a child or young person to the single point of contact in Dorset. Contact the MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub)



01202 228866



If you believe a child is in immediate danger then please call 999.