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 and Twitter links below to circulate information.
OUR KEY ADULTS ARE: Paul Absolom; Simon Beet; Gareth Biddle, Saira Sawtell
Operation Encompass Safeguarding Statement
Our school is part of Operation Encompass. This is a police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Abuse.
Operation Encompass means that the police will share information about Domestic Abuse incidents with our school soon after they have been called to a domestic incident.
All Key Adults (DSL/DDSL) have attended an Operation Encompass local briefing as well as national online training.
Our parents are fully aware that we are an Operation Encompass school.
The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information.
The Key Adult has also led briefings for all school staff and Governors about Operation Encompass, the prevalence of Domestic Abuse and the impact of this abuse on children. We have also discussed how we can support our children following the Operation Encompass notification.
The Safeguarding Governor will report on Operation Encompass in the termly report to Governors. All information is anonymised for these reports.
The Key Adult uses the Operation Encompass Toolkit to ensure that all appropriate actions have been taken by the school.
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 (Assistant Head) (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)
Mr Paul Absolom (Safeguarding Lead)
Our Nominated Governor for Safeguarding is:
Mrs Nikki Fowler (Parent Governor) (Level 2)
St Osmund’s School Middle School – Safeguarding Policies:
Click on links below to view
SSCT Online Safety & Cybercrime Prevention Resources
County Lines Information
Parent Information Poster Stay Safe Online
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).
Dorset Council - Child Protection Report a Concern
If you believe a child is in immediate danger then please call 999.