Carter Community School is committed to providing the highest possible standards of safeguarding and child protection. The aim of safeguarding and child protection is to ensure the safety and well-being of a student, and the student’s interests, should always be paramount. The School has a duty to consider at all times the best interests of the student and take action to enable all students to achieve the best outcomes.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.
We have a safeguarding team who you can speak to about any safeguarding concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact them if you have a concern.
Who is Who at Carter Community School
First point of call:
Safeguarding Officer (SO)
Miss Kirsty Buxton
Designated Safeguarding Leads for the School
Mrs Gail Gardiner
Miss Sam Davidson
Looked after children Teacher - Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Gail Gardiner
Local Governing Body - Safeguarding
Nominated Safeguarding Governor of Local Governing Body
Click here to view Safeguarding Leaflet for Parents
Click here to view Safeguarding Leaflet for Students
Our safeguarding policy takes into account the procedures and practice of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch Local Authority and the published safeguarding arrangements set out by the Local Safeguarding Children Board. Carter Community School is committed to providing the highest possible standards of safeguarding and child protection. The aim of safeguarding and child protection is to ensure the safety and well-being of a student, and the student’s interests, should always be paramount.
Members of staff have a professional responsibility to share relevant information about the protection of students with other professional agencies. This can include Social care, Early Help services, Police and other agencies that may support your child. A member of staff must, therefore, never promise confidentiality.
Recording of Safeguarding Concerns at Carter
At Carter we use a software called CPOMS. CPOMS is a software application used for monitoring child protection, safeguarding and a whole range of other pastoral and welfare issues. Every member of staff across the school has an obligation to report any concerns which they may have for any student.
At Carter CPOMS allows all members of staff to record information in a safe and secure way and have relevant people alerted immediately. The access is highly restricted and only the Safeguarding Leads have access to view and action the reports made. All members of staff that are not the nominated Safeguarding Leads or Officers have reporting access only.
CPOMS is used across many schools and education settings and the records can be transferred like normal to a students future education or provision.
External alerts from Police or Social Care
Domestic Abuse Alerts
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) receives a notification from Borough of Poole Social Care when Police have visited a home in respect of a Domestic Abuse incident where a pupil of the school resides. This alert contains the details of adults involved, address and name of the pupil concerned. If the child does not live at the property where the domestic abuse alert has been recorded, we can still receive the alert due to their relationship being either their Mother, Father or person of responsibility. The DSL will liaise with the relevant staff in the Progress Team to ascertain our knowledge of the circumstances in the family home and contact Social Care in instances of concern or where more information is required. This alert will then be recorded on the child’s safeguarding file.
Support from External Agencies
If you have any safeguarding concerns, for your own child or another, please be aware that you can contact yourself to the below agencies:
Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch Social Care
Out of hours 01202 738256 5pm – 9am for emergencies only.
Dorset Social Care
Click here to view the Social care contact leaflet
Other External support if you have concerns for the welfare of your family or another
Early Help Advice Point for Families (EHAP)
Click here to view the website
You can contact them directly on 01202 262626 however they can be located in Poole at:
The EHAP is here to help you get access to the right support when you need it; in the first instance please speak to your GP, Health Visitor or staff at your child's school or Children's Centre for Under 5s. If the staff there can not help you then please do contact the EHAP who can give you advice or signpost you to the right people or place.
For Young people
If you are a young person in Poole who feels that you would like some help or advice please visit our website www.upinpoole.co.uk or contact or drop in to our dedicated young people's information and advice centre at Number 18 in Poole town centre - just off the High Street: 18 Hill Street, Poole BH15 1NR.
As parents, you want to make sure that your children develop healthily and thrive. The NSPCC can help you with advice on how you can build strong relationships with your children and keep them safe.
It's more than just physical safety. A big part of keeping children safe is making sure to look after their emotional and mental well-being. Helping them develop healthy emotional bonds from infancy can have a lifelong effect, and a strong relationship can make it easier when you want to discuss issues such as expressions of sexual behaviour or self-harm.
As your child grows older, you'll also worry about how to keep them safe when you're not always around. When is a child old enough to be home alone? And how can they keep safe when they're out on their own? You'll also want to teach them about online safety and the dangers of sexting.
Of course, some people find it awkward to talk about some subjects. So if you don't know how to talk to your child about difficult issues, these pages on the NSPCC website will provide helpful advice and support.
Information sourced from www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/
Please see the link below for the latest information from the NSPCC regarding letting children out on their own: