Ferndown Upper 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.
Our Safeguarding Team – all have specialist training in safeguarding and child protection.
Designated Senior Lead
Mr N Harris – Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding
If you have any concerns please contact one of the members of staff above on the School number which is 01202 871243.
If you need help when the school is closed (evenings, weekends or the holidays) please read the information below to access specific support.
If the concern is more urgent than this, please call Dorset Coucil.
Families and Members of the Public Number: 01305 228866
In an emergency, please call 999 or 101.
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Our Safeguarding Policies
CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who are being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. Click the button below to visit the CEOP Safety Centre for information and advice and make a report directly to CEOP.
At Ferndown Upper School, we take e-safety extremely seriously. We believe that it is the right of all children to feel safe and secure when using technology.
We teach children to use the Internet and other technologies safely, and we show them how to behave in an appropriate manner. They know what to do if they feel uncomfortable with anything they see or hear either online or through other technology such as mobile phones.
It is important to encourage a healthy lifestyle with regard to the use of technology, and teach children about the risks of exposure to inappropriate content or too much time in front of a screen.
We show children how to keep their data and security safe, and we teach them to be critical of the things they see online.
Our e-safety policy and ICT policy hold detailed information about how we ensure our children remain safe in their use of technology.
If you have any questions or queries about e-safety then contact Mrs Jo Taylor who is the e safety officer for the school.
Parents and Carers
It is really important that parents and carers work with us to ensure children stay safe in their use of technology. When we talk about e-safety, we are not just talking about the internet. We are talking about the use of computers, games consoles, mobile phones, televisions, tablets devices among many others.
‘Sexting’ is an increasingly common activity among children and young people, where they share inappropriate or explicit images online or through mobile phones.
It can also refer to written messages.
As a parent, it is important to understand the risks so that you can talk to your child about how to stay safe and what to do if they ever feel scared or uncomfortable.
Please see the link below for advice and information:
The websites below provide a comprehensive list of links and information about online safety so parents, and their children, can decide what is right for their family when using the Internet and associated technologies.
‘Share aware’ . The NSPCC, in collaboration with O2, has produced a range of resources for schools and for parents about sharing information and images on the Internet.
‘You are not alone’: a guide for parents on coping with their child’s self-harm – produced by the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford.
Prevent is a police policy to talk to vulnerable students who may be at risk of being radicalised. For more information about this or the signs that show potential concern go to: https://educateagainsthate.com/
FGM is an illegal practice that schools have mandatory duty to report. If you suspect that someone is being taken away for this procedure please do report it to us.
We have an active Rainbow Alliance in school that meets on the first Monday of every month in B17. For parents, or students who would like to know more about how to access support go to:
A leading organisation that supports young minds to be supported and empowered whatever the challenges.
Offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever is getting to you.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably is the leading movement against male suicide.
The UK’s leading support service for young people. Will help with any challenge – from mental ill health to break-ups, drugs.
The Self-Harm Network
National Self-Harm Network
Support for people with an eating disorder.
A mental health charity that will give support to anyone who experience a mental health problem.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
“CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. CEOP protects children from harm online and offline, both directly and in partnership with local and international agencies.” Click on the link if you or somebody you know of has been, or may be, the victim of on-line harassment, bullying or exploitation.
Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)
Click on the link if you have discovered any offensive websites or obscene content on the internet. The Internet Watch Foundation has the power to shut these sites down. To minimise the availability of potentially criminal internet content specifically:
- Child sexual abuse content* hosted anywhere in the world.
- Criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK.
- Non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK
Think U Know
Think U Know is an important website that is aimed at children and their parents/carers to educate all concerned about the potential dangers and risks that currently exist on the internet. It is an important aspect of modern life that parents and carers are aware of exactly what their children have posted online, what security risks there are and also what sites their children are visiting. Please click on the link below and spend some time watching the video clips and resources therein.
Childline offers help and advice to children who are worried, concerned or at risk in any way. If you would like to contact an impartial person to discuss any issues that you may be finding difficult, please click on the link below or ring the number shown.
Click on the link below if you would like to make contact with an impartial person to speak to if you, or someone you know of, may be feeling depressed, anxious or suffering from any sort of mental illness.
“We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.”
Talk to FRANK
FRANK helps you find out everything you might want to know about drugs (and some stuff you don’t). For friendly, confidential advice, Talk to FRANK. Click on the link below if you have any queries, or are concerned about anyone, in relation to drug, alcohol and substance abuse.
The Lifecake Guide To Internet Safety & Privacy For Kids (And Parents)
Review Lab – Online Safety Resource Guide
Online safety for children: a guide to protecting your kids online
ChildNet International – special parents section & leaflets for download
Be Safe Online
BBC guide to using the Internet
Digizen – Young people and social networks
Get safe online
Safer Schools Team Online Safety Advice for Parents