At St Dunstan’s School we recognise that keeping our students safe and promoting their well-being is of paramount importance. Safeguarding includes issues as diverse as anti-bullying, photos of students, internet safety, child protection, first aid and healthy eating.
We keep our school site safe and undergo regular maintenance checks and risk assessments for activities both on and off the school site.
Our curriculum includes opportunities for students to become equipped with the skills they need to live healthy lives and to develop realistic attitudes to the responsibilities of adult life, we do this in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment.
We recognise that high self-esteem, confidence, supportive friends and clear lines of communication with a trusted adult helps all of our students. We therefore, aim to maintain an ethos where our students feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are listened to. Students know that there are adults in the school who they can approach if they are worried or are in difficulty. All our staff, both teaching and non-teaching, have up-to-date safeguarding training. The student planner, posters around the school and time to talk cards direct students to different avenues of support for different needs. Our school nurse is available to discuss medical issues, specialist staff can give careers advice and we have access to other specialists. All of this is underpinned by the tutors.
Part of our duty as adults is to protect young people from abuse. We have a designated Child Protection Team who liaise with outside agencies and families in such situations. For further information or if you have concerns please contact the following Safeguarding Officers:
Mrs L Bevan – Assistant Headteacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTelephone: 01458 832943
Miss T Whittaker - Pastoral Leader, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Telephone: 01458 832943
Mrs K McKenzie - Safeguarding Governor
Safeguarding PresentationSafeguarding at St Dunstan’s School PDF – Click Here
Midsomer Norton Schools' Partnership PoliciesSchool policies are accessible from the Partnership website:Safeguarding Policy – Click HereBehaviour Policy – Click Here
Prevent is part of the national counter-terrorism strategy and aims to stop people being drawn into or supporting terrorism. The statutory guidance refers to the importance of Prevent awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas.
Keeping Children Safe in Education – Statutory GuidancePrevent Training and Assessment Module