Sturminster Marshall First School

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Safeguarding Statement

Sturminster Marshall First School recognises the importance of providing an ethos and environment within school that will help children to feel safe, secure and respected; encourage them to talk openly and enable them to feel confident that they will be listened to.

Sturminster Marshall First School will endeavour to support the welfare and safety of all pupils through:

  • Ensuring that all adults within our school who have substantial access to children have been checked as to their suitability and are monitored consistently.
  • Maintaining children’s welfare as our paramount concern.
  • Ensuring the content of the curriculum includes social and emotional aspects of learning.
  • Ensuring that child protection is included in the curriculum to help children stay safe, recognise when they don’t feel safe and identify who they might/can talk to.
  • Providing suitable support and guidance so that students have a range of appropriate adults to approach if they are in difficulties.
  • Raising the awareness of all staff of the need to safeguard children and of their responsibilities in identifying and reporting possible cases of abuse by ensuring all staff are able to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse and are aware of the school’s procedures and lines of communication.
  • Supporting the child’s development in ways that will foster security, confidence and independence.
  • Providing an environment in which children and young people feel safe, secure, valued and respected, and feel confident, and know how to, approach adults if they are in difficulties believing they will be effectively listened to.
  • Ensuring all steps are taken to maintain site security and students’ physical safety.
  • Working with parents to build an understanding of the school’s responsibility to ensure the welfare of all children including the need for referral to other agencies in some situations.
  • Developing a structured procedure within the school which will be followed by all members of the school community in cases of suspected abuse.
  • Monitoring children and young people who have been identified as having welfare or protection concerns; keeping confidential records which are stored securely and shared appropriately with other professionals.
  • Developing and promoting effective working relationships with other agencies, especially the Police and Children’s Social Care.
  • We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. 

Our Safeguarding team are:




Mrs N Charman


Mrs S Bentley

Deputy DSL

Mrs K Ward 

Deputy DSL

Mrs K Main

Deputy DSL


Mr D Watt

Safeguarding Governor


Please contact through the office email or school phone number 01258 857348

School Child Protection including Safeguarding

Child Protection Policy 2023-2024

Keeping Children Safe In Education SEPT 2023

Keeping Children Safe In Education Part One SEPT 2023

Get advice

Referral telephone number: CHAD (Children's Advice and Duty Service) 01305228866

LADO - 01305 221122

NSPCC (for adults)
Telephone: 0808 800 5000
Contact the NSPCC if you want to discuss your concerns and get advice.

ChildLine (for children and young people)
Telephone: 0800 1111 (free)
The ChildLine number won’t show up on your phone bill if you call from a landline or from most mobile networks.
Advice and information about reporting child abuse can be found at

Domestic Abuse advice

Domestic Abuse - Who Can Help? | Dorset Police