St Mary the Virgin CE Primary School is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns, which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.
We aim to safeguard and promote the welfare of children by protecting them from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Our first priority is your child’s welfare and we will usually discuss any concerns we might have about your child with you. There might be rare occasions, however, when we have to provide information or to consult other agencies such as Children’s Services Social Care before we contact you. Our responsibility to do so is determined by the Inter-Agency Safeguarding Procedures, which can be found on the Dorset Safeguarding Children Board website.
Whole School Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Sarah Willoughby
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mrs Jen Williamson and Mrs Emma Board
The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding is: Mrs Joanne Hall
What is Private Fostering?
Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if they are disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a ‘close relative’. This is a private arrangement made between a parent and a carer for 28 days or more. Close relatives are defined as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts (whether of full blood, half blood or marriage).
To help us keep children safe and support families, all parents and private foster carers must notify their Local Council. If not, they miss out on essential welfare checks for the children, plus other support services.
Advice on claiming benefits and possible funding for some essential items
Parenting support and advice
Help in bringing families in crisis back together
If you know of a child being privately fostered please don’t ignore it. Speak to the child’s carer or contact:
If living in Dorset contact the Children’s Advice & Duty Service on:
Remember what Pantasauras says: Privates are private
If something is worrying you at home you can call Childline 0800 1111