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Dorchester Middle School recognises that the welfare of the child is paramount and takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people in its care.


Dorchester Middle School recognises it is the duty and responsibility of everyone in the school community to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. Everyone at Dorchester Middle School understands they have a personal responsibility to notice when a child or young person may be at risk of harm and to pass on their concerns to the Safeguarding Team who can work with other agencies to protect them.


Safeguarding children and young people means protecting them from abuse or neglect. It also means working with other agencies to support families and creating an environment in school where children and young people feel safe and healthy.


The Safeguarding Team at Dorchester Middle School:


The Designated Safeguarding Lead is:

Ms Caroline Pluck



The Deputy Safeguarding Lead is:

Mrs Jenny Gaffney



L3 Child Protection trained staff:

Mrs Fiona Ray



Miss Georgina Clements



Mrs Jo Williams



Safeguarding Governor

Mr Stuart Legg



Dorchester Middle School – Safeguarding Policies:


Child Protection

Code of Conduct

Dealing with Allegations


Equal Opportunities

Intimate Care

Supporting children with medical conditions and managing medicines

Whistle blowing


DfE Guidance:

Keeping Children Safe in Education

Keeping Children Safe in Education Part 1

Prevent Duty Departmental Advice



Links for parents and carers to support them to keep children and young people safe online:



How to report a Safety Concern about a Child

Anyone can report any concerns they have about the safety of a child or young person to the single point of contact in Dorset. Contact the MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub)



01202 228866






If you believe a child is in immediate danger then please call 999.


Safeguarding Opportunities:

There have been lots of opportunities for pupils to participate in safeguarding awareness activities throughout the year. Here is a summary to date.

Safeguarding in the Curriculum:

Here is a summary of safeguarding input across the wider school curriculum, including examples of safeguarding across the taught curriculum and an audit of safeguarding across the curriculum

National Online Safety Advice

Report to Governors