Safeguarding at Avonbourne Girl's and Boy's Academies - Every Child Matters
Designated safeguarding lead: Miss Natasha England
Deputy safeguarding lead: Mrs. Lisa Gutsell
Deputy safeguarding lead: Mrs. Carol Dickens
There may be occasions when parents, carers or neighbours become concerned about the safety of a child who attends Avonbourne College. If you are concerned that a child is not safe then please email the school safeguarding officer using the email address below…
Inside the email please provide as much detail as possible about the concern such as…
- Child’s full name
- Date of Birth for the child (if known)
- Details of the concern
Alternatively, please phone the school on 01202 398451 and ask to speak to a member of staff about a child protection matter. Should you wish to remain anonymous please put your concern in writing and address it to:
If you have serious concerns because you think that a child might be being abused (physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or neglect) or at risk of radicalisation you should contact the Children’s Services Department at Bournemouth Council:
- During office hours (8.30am to 5.00pm) you should contact BCP Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH): 01202 735046
- At all other times you should contact the Out of Hours Service: 01202 738256
- You can also call 101 for non-emergency and 999 for emergency situations
For all emergency situations please call 999.
Common Safeguarding Questions
When and what might I be concerned about?
At any time you might be concerned about the information which suggest a child is being neglected, subjected radicalisation or experiencing physical, emotional or sexual harm.
You may notice physical signs, notice changes in the child’s behaviour or presentation, pick up signs of emotional distress or have a child disclose a harmful experience to you.
Harm to a child can be caused by:
- A parent/carer
- A family member / friend
- Another child
- A stranger
- A member of staff / volunteer
What should I do if a child discloses that she / he is being harmed?
- Confidentiality - Do not promise to keep what is said a secret.
- Listen – Listen carefully to what is being said to you. DO NOT INTERRUPT.
- Reassure – Reassure the student that it is not their fault, stress that it was the right thing to tell.
- Be calm, attentive and non-judgemental
- Ask non leading questions, only if necessary e.g. (who, what when, why and how) to clarify.
- Then follow the steps outlined below.
What must I do?
- Share your concerns verbally with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (Miss Natasha England) or any member of the Leadership Team.
- Make a written record (using the students own words), sign and date it.
- Pass the written record to the Designated Safeguarding lead without delay.
What should I do if the alleged abuser is a member of staff working with children?
If your concern is about a staff member or volunteer, you must report this to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (Miss Natasha England), Principal (Mr Holbrook) or the Executive Headteacher (Mr Tutt).
If however, your concern is about the Executive Headteacher, you should report this to the Chair of Governors. The senior person will then contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) on 01202 456744 for a discussion.
If you are unclear about any aspect of safeguarding at Avonbourne then please seek advice from your Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection (Natasha England).
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Useful documents and links
Avonbourne Academies Safeguarding Policy
Keeping Children Safe In Education
Working Together to Safeguard Children
NSPCC Parent Helpline
Poole Family Information Service
Vodafone - Digital parenting
Bournemouth Borough Council Anti-Bullying strategy latest guidance
YoungMinds - Supporting Your Child During Exam Time
If you require a paper copy of our safeguarding policy or a translated version then please contact Natasha England (email@example.com).