Wimborne First School and Nursery is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are dealt with by the Designated Safeguarding Leads in school (DSL).

If you think a child is at risk of significant harm, please contact the DORSET CHAD (Children's Advice and Duty Service) 01305 838125

Out of hours: 01305 228558

Alternatively use the NSPCC helpline 0808 8005000 or even contact the police using 999.

If you have a safeguarding concern regarding a member of staff or a volunteer at Wimborne First School, please speak to the headteacher in confidence. 

If you have a safeguarding concern regarding the headteacher, please speak to the the safeguarding governor Val Arbon or Ruth Davies at Hamwic Education Trust alternatively the Local Authority Designated Officer, Lynne Bowman, Martha Sharp or Laura Tuck on 01305 221122. 

 Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is:


Mrs Sarah Hartley (Headteacher) -

Our Deputy DSLs are:

Mrs Pritchard (Deputy Headteacher)  

Mrs Rees (Assistant Head) 

Mrs Allen (Year Leader)

Miss Matier (Nursery & EYFS)

Mrs Martin (Family Outreach Worker)

Mrs Shaw is also a trained DSL for Kingfishers afterschool club 



Our Online Safety Champion is:

Our Anti-Bullying Champion is:

Our Pastoral Care Lead is:

Our Safeguarding Governor is:

If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at Wimborne First School and Nursery please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead who knows who to contact for the best advice and is experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.

We have a Safeguarding Policy, and procedures are in place which we refer to in our prospectus.  A copy of the policy can be found on the 'Policies' page of our website and at the bottom of this page.

Additional information...

Keeping Children Safe in Education

This document is statutory guidance that schools and colleges in England must have regard to when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Please access this in the 'Useful Links' section at the foot of this page (there is a handy 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' leaflet which is easier to access).  Do you know of any parents or families who speak another language? KCSiE is available is several languages by visiting

Dorset Children’s services

If you're worried about the safety or wellbeing of a child or young person who lives in Dorset, contact our Children's Advice and Duty Service (ChAD):

Single point of contact for safeguarding concerns
Tel: 01305228866

Dorset Council Page:

The Pan Dorset Children’s Safeguarding Board: 

In line with the requirements set out in Chapter 3 of ‘Working Together’ (2018) , on 1st August 2019 the two Local Safeguarding Children Boards ceased to exist, and a new Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership took over statutory responsibility for leadership and multi-agency co-ordination of “arrangements to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.”

Operation Encompass - Domestic Abuse 

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 means that the police will share information about Domestic Abuse incidents with our school soon after they have been called to a domestic incident.

All Key Adults (DSL/DDSLs) have attended an Operation Encompass local briefing as well as national online training. The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information.

Click here for more information about Domestic Abuse, how to access support and what to look out for when supporting others. Additional advice on identifying children who are affected by domestic abuse and how they can be helped is available from the NSPCC and from the Save Lives website. National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000247, Poole Domestic Abuse Outreach: 01202 710777.

For further information about Operation Encompass and domestic abuse, please see the downloads section below.

County Lines

Click here for information about 'County Lines'. This is a major safeguarding issue in our country and county currently. Children as young as 7 are being put in danger by criminals who are taking advantage of how innocent and inexperienced these young people are. Any child can be exploited, no matter their background.

Child Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

Click here for information from the NSPCC regarding Child Sexual abuse and exploitation. The PANTS message is very important and one which we regularly share with our children in school. Make sure you are keeping up to date with the information available out there!

Click here for information from CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) regarding online grooming and sexual abuse.

FGM (Female Genital Mutilation)

Click here to access information regarding FGM (a type of 'so-called honour-based violence). Learn how to spot the signs and who to contact for support. 

The Prevent Duty

Click here for information from the government and the Counter Terrorism team regarding 'Run, Tell, Hide' - actions to take in the rare event of a firearm or weapons attack. Please also refer to the information below in the 'downloads' section regarding our role in the Prevent Duty. 

Educate against hate has lots of information about The Prevent Duty.

Prevent Risk Assessment 2024-2025

Peer on Peer Abuse (including Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence)

Click here for information from the NSPCC regarding 'Peer on Peer Abuse' and different forms that it includes. The link to our local procedures can be be accessed here 

Useful Links

Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy

Keeping Children Safe in Education

Dorset Police Prevent - Reporting and Preventing Radicalisation, Terrorist and Extremist Behaviour

Dorset Family Information Directory

Poole Family Information Directory

Educate Against Hate

Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership

Citizens Advice