Safeguarding and Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care Worker
Mrs Wright

At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we see the wellbeing of our children and staff as a priority. Our Pastoral Care Worker is available for children and parents to talk to about any worries or concerns they may have. We then help children, and their families access the support they need whether that’s through 1 to 1 or small group work in school looking at emotions, building self-esteem and helping self-expression, or through accessing external support.

External support services include parenting classes, Family Outreach Workers, health services, Play Therapy, Counselling and Young Carer’s services. We have seen these really benefit our pupils and their famillies.

We hope that through identifying each child and family’s needs and offering the support that’s required,  we can help make each pupils journey through primary school as successful as possible.

Everyone within our community is encouraged to strive for the highest standards of personal, social and intellectual development.

Our community recognises that each person is unique and our aim is to support each other along our personal journey of faith, treating others with respect and recognising the rights of the child’
Our Child Protection Safeguarding Policy can be found on the Policies page of the website.

Organisations and resources : Anti-Bullying and Exploitation Support

Nearly all of these support services and links to them, can be found in your local Family

Information Directory https://fid.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/family-information-directory

Access Dorset

Charity that aims to enhance the everyday lives of disabled people, older people,

carers and other people who may benefit from support or information.


ACE Education

Advice and information for parents via advice line and My Child in School advice

booklets. Training for professionals.

Tel: 0300 0115 142


Act Against Bullying

A national charity helping children who are bullied at school.


Ambitious about Autism- not working

A national charity dedicated to improving opportunities for people with autism.


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.


Association for Citizenship Teaching

ACT was founded in 2001 to support the teaching of high quality Citizenship and to

promote wider public understanding of the subject as well as research into the

participation of young people in society.


A Telling Tale

An interactive bullying/respect performance that tells the story of a boy called Tim

Vick (victim) and how he became known as LUBLY (bully), including audience

participation and follow-up discussion in class groups.

Email: paul.stevens66@btinternet.com

BIG (Bullying Intervention Group)

BIG are a social enterprise offering the first national award for anti-bullying

intervention together with and on-line resources.


Bournemouth YMCA

Tel: 01202 290451

Email: enquiries@bournemouthymca.org.uk or www.bournemouthymca.org.uk/

Bully Free Zone

One of the leading peer support projects in Britain. The project aims to raise

awareness of alternative ways of resolving conflict and reduce bullying.

Tel: 01204 454958


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.


Changing Faces

Support group for people with facial disfigurement.


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.



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

Tel: 0800 1111


ChildNet International

ChildNet International provides specialist resources for young people to raise

awareness of online safety and how to protect themselves.

Tel: 020 7639 6967


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


Citizens Advice Bureau

CAB provides free, confidential and independent advice, either face-to-face or

through its fact sheets on its website.

Tel: 0844 245 1291

Email: advice@poolecab.co.uk


Coping with Chaos

Supporting families caring for a child/children or young person with a disability or

special educational needs.


Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Award for Young People

The Diana Anti-Bullying Aware is open to primary schools, secondary schools and

youth organisations.

Tel: 0845 337 2987


Diverse Abilities

Dorset based charity offering a lifetime partnership of support to adults, children and

the families of those with physical and learning disabilities


Dorset Race Equality Council

This is an independent charity that provides help and support to victims of

discrimination and harassment, particularly related to race, faith or belief. The service

is free and confidential.

Email: enquiries@dorsetrec.org.uk


Educate Against Hate

Developed by the Department for Education and the Home Office, the website provides practical advice, support and resources to protect children from extremism and radicalisation. Parents can find answers to common questions and report concerns.


E Safety – ThinkuKnow training

ThinkuKnow is a very effective programme for raising awareness and schools in

Poole have been actively supported and encouraged to implement these activities for

children. Information provided by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection

(CEOP) Centre.


Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH)

EACH was established to challenge homophobia in education and also acts as a

training agency for employers and organisations seeking to tackle discrimination on

the grounds of gender and sexual orientation


Education for All

This is a joint campaign by Stonewall, Fflag and LGBT Youth Scotland to combat

homophobic bullying. Website includes resources, research and case studies.


Equality and Human Rights Commission

Promoting and maintaining human rights. Protecting, enforcing and promoting

equality across the nine protected grounds...


Family Lives

Offers help and support through a range of free, flexible and responsive services by

working for and with anyone who is parenting a child.


Goldsmiths College

The psychology Department at goldsmiths has a research programme which covers

a wide range of specialism in experimental, theoretical and applied psychology. This

includes research into bullying.


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: helpline@intercomtrust.org.uk



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.

Tel: 08451 205 204


Leap Confronting Conflict

Provides opportunities, regionally and nationally, for young people and adults to

explore creative approaches to conflict in their lives.

Tel: 020 7561 3700


Let’s fight it together (DVDs)

Resource produced by Childnet. Full teachers’ plan and lesson plan also available.



Mencap fights for equal rights for people with learning disabilities and their families

and carers, and provides housing and employment support.

Tel: 020 7454 0454


Dot Com Children’s Fondation

Empowering children to practice positive values and make safer choices in life


National Autistic Society

Champions the rights and interests of all people with autism and seeks to ensure that

they and their families receive quality services appropriate to their needs.

Tel: 0808 800 4104


National Children’s Bureau

Promotes the voices, interests and well-being of all children and young people across

every aspect of their lives. As an umbrella body for the children’s sector in England

and Northern Ireland, provides information on policy, research and best practice.

Tel: 020 7843 6000


NSPCC  National Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children

NSPCC aims to end cruelty to children. Works with children and families, as well as

influencing public policy and attitudes. Provide helpline services. Range of antibullying

advice and resources.

Tel: 0808 800 5000



Advice for Parents, Families and Carers who suspect their child or a child in their care is

being groomed or exploited.


Beware of Lurking for Trolls

A campaign designed to help protect children from online harm. It centres around a

storybook Peril of the Possessed Pets and is used in primary schools with children

aged 7 to 11 years to help children build digital resilience in their online world.