Safeguarding is at the heart of all that we do; each individual in our school community is valued for who they are and we work to ensure the best outcome for each individual.

As part of this ethos we feel that the safety of each member of our community is of paramount importance. This is why we strive to provide the highest standard of safeguarding and child protection for each young person and member of our community. Should any problems arise it is important that students and parents know who to contact.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is:

  • Joe Curtis, Deputy Headteacher

Other Designated Safeguarding Leads are:

  • Russell Arnold, Headteacher
  • Vicki Glasgow, Deputy Headteacher and SENDCO
  • Helen Cottrell, Assistant Headteacher
  • Jo Gimson, Assistant Headteacher
  • Lee Wilkins, Assistant Headteacher
  • The Nominated Safeguarding Governor is: Angie Smith

The Quay School Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy

Keeping Children Safe in Education

The latest version of the document which is statutory guidance and encompasses all aspects of Safeguarding work in schools can be accessed at:

Keeping children safe in education (

This document is also available in different languages on the following website, please scroll down to ‘BCP School Resources’:

Keeping children safe in education (other languages)

Keeping children safe in education (Afghanistan Dari)

Keeping children safe in education (Afghanistan Pashto)

Keeping children safe in education (Ukrainian)

Student Confidentiality

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 will, therefore, never promise confidentiality where safeguarding is concerned.

The school aims to safeguard students against:

  • Abuse
  • Bullying
  • Exploitation
  • Discrimination
  • Radicalisation


Abuse is about the misuse of power and control that one person has over another. It can be defined as “…a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by any other person or persons which results in significant harm.”


Bullying is usually defined as behaviour that is: repeated; intended to hurt someone either physically or emotionally; often aimed at certain groups, for example because of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.  Bullying is not tolerated at The Quay School and will be addressed immediately that a case is reported.

It takes many forms and can include: physical assault, teasing, making threats, name calling, cyberbullying – bullying via mobile phone or online (for example email, social networks and instant messenger).

Advice and support about bullying can be obtained through the following agencies:


Child exploitation refers to the use of children for someone else’s advantage, gratification or profit often resulting in unjust, cruel and harmful treatment of the child. These activities are to the detriment of the child’s physical or mental health, education, moral or social-emotional development. It covers situations of manipulation, misuse, abuse, victimisation, oppression or ill-treatment.


Discrimination is when a person is treated unfairly because they think the person is different. It can happen because of their age, sex, religion, race, disability, gender or another reason.


Radicalisation is the action or process of causing someone to adopt radical positions on political or social issues.

Safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability. PREVENT is the name given to a national strategy which aims to stop people from becoming involved with violent extremists or supporting terrorism.

We also support students with:

Staying Safe Online

Being safe online means individuals are protecting themselves and others from online harms and risks which may jeopardise their personal information, lead to unsafe communications or even effect their mental health and wellbeing.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

As well as increasing a person’s opportunity and choices in life, promoting mental health and wellbeing as a core role helps students: develop protective factors from mental ill-health, provide them with skills and confidence to self-seek help for early intervention.

Useful Links:


Offers a free, 24-hour helpline and counselling service for children in distress or danger.
Tel: 0800 1111

Children’s Legal Centre

The Children’s Legal Centre provides legal advice, information, assistance and representation to children, parents/carers and professional working with children.
Tel: 08088 020 008

National Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)

NSPCC aims to end cruelty to children. Works with children and families, as well as influencing public policy and attitudes. Provide helpline services.
Tel: 0808 800 5000

Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA)

Brings together over 60 organisations into one network with the aim of reducing bullying and creating safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.

Bullying UK

Provides an email advice service for children and young people as well as online help and information, for schools as well as pupils.


Provides training or professionals, courses for bullied children, a helpline for parents of bullied children and books, videos, free booklets and leaflets about the prevention of bullying, many in several languages.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre

Resources have been produced by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre to help schools to teach young people about how to stay safe online. The resources were designed by young people for young people and incorporate the latest classroom chat, lingo and music to effectively portray key messages about safety online.

Support for LGBTQ+ Students

We do not permit discrimination against any of our school community on the basis of their gender or sexual orientation.


A campaign and lobby group working to achieve legal equality and social justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals.

Intercom Trust

Intercom Trust is an independent charity that provides support and advocacy services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities in the southwest for people who encounter homophobic crime, prejudice or discrimination. Call their confidential LGBT helpline.
Tel: 0800 612 3010
Email: [email protected]

School’s Out

Aims to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual [LGBT] staff in education and to raise the profile of LGBT people and issues.
Tel: 01273 298299


Space Youth Project is a group for young Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual, Trans and questioning people under 25 based in Dorset.

Trans Unite

Trans Unite allows members of the transgender & non-binary communities to find a support group local to them (or even an online-only group). The site is run by volunteers and a not-for-profit organisation.


For guidance and information, you can refer to the following websites:

A new safeguarding website by counter terrorism police in a bid to prevent radicalisation called ACT early. The resources are aimed at anyone who is concerned that someone they know could be heading on a path towards terrorism: Act Early

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre

Resources have been produced by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre to help schools to teach young people about how to stay safe online. The resources were designed by young people for young people and incorporate the latest classroom chat, lingo and music to effectively portray key messages about safety online.

ChildNet International

ChildNet International provides specialist resources for young people to raise awareness of online safety and how to protect themselves.

E Safety – ThinkuKnow

ThinkuKnow is a very effective programme for raising awareness and schools in the BCP area have been actively supported and encouraged to implement these activities for children. Information provided by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.

UK Safer Internet Centre

A partnership of three leading online organisations – South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL). Childnet and Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) – aiming to make the internet a safe and better place for all.

Young Minds

Committed to improving children’s wellbeing and mental health


Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop devices:

Dorset Mind

Dorset mind have created a digital experience a mindful moment. It allows an opportunity to explore Dorset’s historical and natural attractions with accompaniment of ambient music to promote a mindful experience.
Dorset Mind

Chat Health

It’s safe and easy for you to speak to a qualified health professional. Just send a message, you don’t have to give your name.
Discreet and quick. It only takes one message to start making a difference. You’ll get confidential advice from trained health staff in your area.
07480 635511

Domestic Abuse

24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Dorset County – You First – 0800 032 5204 (24 hour)
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Outreach – 01202 710 777 (24 hour)
Women’s Aid – [email protected] / online chatroom – 10am – 12pm Mon to Fri
Respect helpline – 0800 802 4040 for anyone worried that they may be harming someone else
Galop – 0800 999 5428 domestic violence advice for LGBTQ+
Dorset Police – in an emergency call 999, in a non-emergency email: [email protected] or call 101
For additional help and advice go to:

County Lines

Child Exploitation and County Lines – A Guide for Parents, Families and Carers 

Operation Encompass Safeguarding Statement

Our school is part of Operation Encompass. This is a police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Abuse.
Operation Encompass Safeguarding Statement

LADO – Local Authority Designated Officer

The LADO is the person who must be informed of concerns and allegations made against staff or volunteers in school. Please note it may also be appropriate to contact the LADO if an allegation is made against someone who is closely associated with a staff member.

The individual may have:

  • behaved in a way that has harmed or may have harmed a child
  • possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child
  • behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates he or she would pose a risk of harm to children

The LADO works in children’s services and gives advice and guidance to anyone who has concerns about the behaviour of an adult who works with children and young people.

In the BCP area they can be contacted via:
Principal Telephone: 01202 456744
Email: [email protected]
Direct Dial: Laura Baldwin (01202 456708)
Direct Dial: John McLaughlin (01202 453992)

As always, where there is an immediate risk or concern for a child, please contact the Police via 999 or contact Children’s Social Care on 01202 735046.

If your enquiry is outside of normal office hours (Mon-Fri 8.30am – 5.15pm), please contact the ‘Children’s Out of Hours Service’ on: 01202 738256.

If the child resides in the Dorset area, please contact Dorset Children’s Social Care on 01202 228866.