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Dear Parents & Carers please see the below links provided by Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue


Madam Hooch from Harry Potter (Zoë Wanamaker CBE) has read a water safety story for us!

Aimed at Reception and Key Stage 1 children (although others may enjoy it), it can be found on the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service website, along with stories read by Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies and our firefighters.


To accompany the stories you will find our Firefit challenges in the “Meet the Firefighter” videos, fun art and craft activities presented by Firefighter Paul in “Glue and Make” along with activity sheets to accompany each story.


As we head into summer and hopefully some nice weather, children and families are likely to spend more time in or near water, and although cool and inviting water can be dangerous and unpredictable. The stories “Safe at the Seaside” and “Safe at the River” will help young children understand what they can do to help themselves stay safe, and what to do if they do get in trouble in water.

Please visit the website for more information



Queen’s Park Infant Academy has a senior member of staff who is responsible for child protection matters affecting pupils at school. The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Edwards - Head Teacher, who also leads on the Prevent agenda and Online Safety. The Designated Safeguarding Deputies are Mrs Blanchard (Deputy Head Teacher - Inclusion Lead), and Mrs Adeney (Reception Year Leader). The school has a Safeguarding Policy, which explains how the school deals with child protection concerns, including allegations about the behaviour of members of staff.


All schools must follow:

  • The law
  • Guidance from the Department of Education and Skills
  • Local multi-agency child protection procedures

If the school is worried about a pupil's safety and welfare they must refer this to the First Response Team and then after consideration of information this may transfer to the Safeguarding and Assessment Team.

The school will normally let the pupil's parent(s) know when we do this, but we do not contact parents if we think that this could put a child at risk of harm.

When a school refers a child protection concern it must share all relevant information about the pupil.

The Data Protection Act allows schools to share personal information with other agencies when there are child protection concerns about a child.

They may decide that it needs looking into further. What action is taken will depend on the circumstances. Any of the following may be appropriate:


·         An Initial Assessment

·         Child Protection enquiries - this includes agencies assessing the risks to any children based upon the information shared, research and talking to those concerned.

·         If the referral relates to an allegation about a member of staff, usually a strategy discussion will take place between the school, the local authority, the Local Allegations Designated Officer and the police, to decide what will happen next.

They will contact the parent to let them know what is happening as soon as possible.


Domestic abuse

This school receives information from the police to alert the Designated Safeguarding Team in the school when there has been an incident of domestic abuse in a household where a pupil lives. We are not informed of the detail of the incident, only that one has occurred. This allows us to monitor and support the pupil. If we have additional concerns we will discuss the need for further safeguarding actions with Social Care. This information would only be shared with other staff on a restricted need to know basis i.e. those who are immediately responsible for the pupil’s welfare, such as the class teacher. Where a multi-agency risk assessment conference (MARAC) occurs the school may be asked for information and appropriate school related information may be shared with the school after the meeting.


Children and young people have a fundamental right to be protected from harm.

Families have a right to expect schools to provide a safe and secure environment.

All schools have a legal duty to work with other agencies and the police to safeguard children’s welfare.


To view CLP's Child Protection & Safeguarding policy please click on the following link