Safeguarding at Okeford Fitzpaine School is a shared priority to all linked with our school. The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Miss J Bacon (Principal) and the Deputy officers are Mrs A Crawley (Oak teacher) and Mrs C Spencer-Smith (School Office). The Governor responsible for Safeguarding is Sarah Browne. Should you have any concerns please contact us at the school.
As a school, we utilise the MyConcern software where our concerns are centrally located and this supports timely actions and access to all policies and procedures regarding keeping children safe.
The links below are some useful links with regard to Safeguarding:
Welcome to the website for the Dorset Safeguarding Children Board. You will find information on the site about how to keep children safe from abuse and neglect and what to do if a child is being harmed.
On Think u Know website you can find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom or at home. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.
The National Crime Agency is available to help children stay safe online. Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? It may be inappropriate chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up. You can report it to the NCA.
Parent Info provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children's wellbeing and resilience.
This service is free and ranges across a wide range of subject matter, from difficult topics about sex, relationships and the internet or body image and peer pressure to broader parenting topics like ‘how much sleep do teenagers need?
Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to yourreal world friends and family.
Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.