Safeguarding and Pastoral Care
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.
- Safeguarding Policy (link to policies page)
- Safeguarding - Encompass Statement
- Encompass key adult responsibilities
‘Everyone within our community is encouraged to strive for the highest standards of personal, social and intellectual development.
- County Lines information from BCP.pdf
- Escapeline - Advice for parents and carers
- Fearless - Part of Crimestoppers - allows anonymous disclosures
- KCSIE 2023
- Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022
- Keeping children safe away from home - NSPCC Advice
- First Response Contact for Social care and Early Help
- Child Anxiety - The Expert Guide to help your child
- Primary Schools Prevent
- Educate against hate - Parent resources
- Be aware, stay alert, keep safe - Barnados
- Domestic Abuse: IRIS Schools poster
- BCP Council FID and SEND Local Offer
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
Charity that aims to enhance the everyday lives of disabled people, older people,
carers and other people who may benefit from support or information.
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.
BIG (Bullying Intervention Group)
BIG are a social enterprise offering the first national award for anti-bullying
intervention together with and on-line resources.
Tel: 01202 290451
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
Provides an email advice service for children and young people as well as online help
and information, for schools as well as pupils.
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
Offers a free, 24-hour helpline and counselling service for children in distress or danger.
Tel: 0800 1111
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
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
Tel: 0845 337 2987
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.
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
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...
Offers help and support through a range of free, flexible and responsive services by
working for and with anyone who is parenting a child.
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 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
Tel: 0800 612 3010
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.