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At St James' CE VC First School we are committed to safeguarding children. Our first priority is your child’s welfare and we will usually discuss any concerns we might have about your child with you. There might be rare occasions, however, when we have to provide information to or consult other agencies such as Children’s Services Social Care before we contact you. Our responsibility to do so is determined by the Inter-Agency Safeguarding Procedures, which can be found on the Dorset Safeguarding Children Board website.  To access this site please click on the link below.

Keeping Children Safe in Education - September 2021

Child Protection Policy 2021

Criminal Records Checking Policy

Dealing with allegations policy

E-safety and acceptable use policy

Intimate care policy

Social networking policy

Whistleblowing Policy

Domestic Abuse Helpline for Dorset (You First): 0800 032 5204

You First work with women, men and children.


If you would like to know more about the school's safeguarding procedures, please speak to:

Mrs Philippa Hill - Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Steve Spicer or Mrs Sarah Clayton - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads


Miss Ros Nash is the Designated Governor responsible for Child Protection.