Mrs. J. Taylor

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr. N. Harris

Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding

Safeguarding Updates

Safeguarding policy and procedures

At Ferndown Upper School, the governors and the staff recognise that the welfare of the child is paramount and we take our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people in our care extremely seriously.


If you are a student at our school and you are concerned for yourself or a friend, please talk to one of the safeguarding team.

If have a concern about a child, particularly if you think s/he may be suffering or at risk of suffering harm, it is your responsibility to share information promptly with the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection (DSL) or one of the Deputies.

Please phone us on 01202 871243 with any concerns and ask to speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs Jo Taylor, about a safeguarding matter. If she is unavailable, you will be directed to one of our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads.

If reporting a concern, please provide as much information as possible.

If you have a concern during school holidays or out of school hours, please phone one of the numbers below.

If you have a serious concern because you think a child may be being abused, (physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect or sexual abuse) you should contact Children’s Services (ChAD) direct on 01305 228866 for a child that lives in Dorset.

If the child lives in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole, please call 01202 735046 or if out of office hours, please contact the Out of Hours Service on 01202 738256 or use the details at

For all emergency situations please call 999 and ask for the police.

Please see our pastoral page for links to a range of helpful websites to support young people and their parents with challenges they might currently be experiencing.

Government publications

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018

Our Safeguarding Team - DDSLs

Mrs. N. Nolan-Ford

Year 9 Pastoral Manager

Miss. K. Hammond

Year 10 Pastoral Manager

Mrs. J. Cheeseman

Year 11 Pastoral Manager

Mr. A. Jones

Head of Sixth Form

Mrs. C. Lock

Head of Year 11

Ms. N. Abdulgani

Sixth Form Pastoral Manager

Click CEOP

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 above to visit the CEOP Safety Centre for information and advice and make a report directly to CEOP.

CEOP also provide a wealth of information for parents / carers that is worth a look.


All children should feel safe on line. We teach students to use the internet and other technologies safely, to be critical of the things they see online and keep their data and security safe. Students are taught to know what to do if they feel uncomfortable with anything they see or hear either online or through other technologies, such as mobile phones.

These websites are excellent for providing advice and guidance for parents and students.

Click the button above to visit CEOP – where you can access information and advice, or male a report directly to CEOP about online abuse. Look at the 14+ section for further advice and answers to questions you may have.

For supporting child exploitation and online protection: CEOP

UK Safer Internet Centre: Call: 0344 381 4772  Email:

If you have any questions or queries about e-safety then contact Mrs Jo Taylor who is the e-safety officer for the school.

Useful Information

App Facts

A helpful guide on all current apps can be viewed here.

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. 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.


Internet Safety

‘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. 

NSPCC Share Aware


‘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:


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. 


LGBT+ Support

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:

Space Youth Project

Helpful Links

The links below are for reference and are not affiliated with Ferndown Upper School.

E Safety

Helpful Websites


Free of charge

24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247

and through

Young Minds

A leading organisation that supports young minds to be supported and empowered whatever the challenges. 

The Samaritans

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 Mix

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. 


Click on the link 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.”

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.

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)