At Fordingbridge Junior School, we regard the safeguarding of children as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. We all have the responsibility to make this happen.
Members of Staff Responsible
At FJS Kim Robertson is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) with Mandy Ovenden, deputy, and Ed Lear SenCO, as DSLs. They have received DSL training from Hampshire County Council and attend refresher training.
What does a DSL do?
The role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead was specified in the Children Act and ensured the every organisation had a “named person” for safeguarding children and young people. The Designated Safeguarding Lead has a responsibility at both a strategic level within the organisation and on a day to day basis.
Key Aspects of the Designated Lead role include:
Making sure all staff are aware how to raise safeguarding concerns
Ensuring all staff understand the symptoms of child abuse and neglect
Referring any concerns to social care
Monitoring children who are the subject of child protection plans or are children in need
Maintaining accurate and secure child protection records
Staff are trained in child protection issues and they are aware of the procedures to follow. Staff training is delivered via a variety of means: face to face in and out of school training, online refreshers and information raising, document sharing and on-going professional dialogues during staff meetings. Staff are encouraged to be vigilant in order to maintain the safety of our children and their concerns are discussed and handled appropriately.
We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children is vetted, keeping our children as safe as possible. At least one senior member of staff is qualified in Safer Recruitment Procedures and governors responsible for recruitment.
If you have any concerns outside of school hours, or feel it more appropriate to make a referral to Social Services directly, please contact Hampshire Children's Services 0300 555 1384.
If you have any questions or concerns about the Prevent strategy and what it means for your child, please do not hesitate to contact the Headteacher, Mrs Robertson.
We are often asked whether parents/carers can take photos at our events, ie sports day, school plays etc.
We do need permission from parents to use photos of their children on our website, in newsletters, publications etc and the permission form is checked before we publish photos.
Therefore at school events you can only take photographs of your child for personal use and should not place any photographs taken on the school premises on social media.
E-Safety is a key aspect of our duty to keep children safe - both inside and outside of school. For parents and carers there is a wealth of online information which can be accessed in order to help to keep children safe online.
Follow the link below to the FJS E-safety page.
Please take a look at our Anti-Bullying page by clicking on the link below.