Pokesdown Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school.
We ensure that there are systems in place for every child’s voice to be heard and maintain an ethos where children feel secure and safe, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to. Children are aware that there are adults who they can approach if they are worried or in difficulty.
School Safeguarding Team
If you have any concerns relating to the safety and welfare of a child at the school you should immediately contact a member of our safeguarding team:
Designated Safeguarding Lead (including Prevent Lead)
Jo Barton, Headteacher
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads:
Ali Bayliss, Deputy Headteacher
Carol Cothay, Parent Support Worker
or contact Bournemouth Children’s First on 01202 458101
Our Designated Safeguarding Governor is Margaret Bartlett
Our school receives information from Bournemouth Children and Young People's Services to alert the Designated Safeguarding Lead in the school when the police have attended an incident at an address a pupil is connected to. The school is then required to contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) at Bournemouth Children First. If there are additional concerns we will discuss the need for further safeguarding actions. This information is shared with school staff on a restricted 'need to know' basis i.e. those who are immediately responsible for the pupil’s welfare such as the class teacher. Where a Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) occurs the school may be asked for information and appropriate school related information may be shared with the school after the meeting.
We actively support the Government Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
We support our pupil’s use of the internet and seek to underpin their knowledge of safe use and protection. We provide our pupils with an awareness of how to stay safe online both in the school environment and beyond.
We also ask parents / carers not to name school staff or other children on any form of social media or share any photographs of any school events. We encourage parents and children to visit the CEOP website.
Our E safety Champion is Sue Wood
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