Safeguarding - Policy and Practice

At Piddle Valley CE First School, we take safeguarding very seriously.

Safeguarding is seen as something that is the responsibility of everyone in our school: staff, Governors, volunteers and even the children.

On this page, you will find information about safeguarding in our school as well as useful information and websites for parents.
If you have any concerns regarding safeguarding or the well-being of our children here at Piddle Valley CE First School, please don't hesitate to come and talk to us.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for Piddle Valley CE First School is
Mrs Vicki Nelson.
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (Deputy DSL) for the Early Years is
Mrs Jemma Moore.
Our named school Governor with a responsibility for safeguarding is 
Mr. Keith Campbell, who  can be contacted via the school email address - 
The Safeguarding Trustee for Wessex MAT is Mr. Martin Baker. Contact

Our staff and governors have been trained on safeguarding in line with the Keeping Children Safe in Education- September 2023 document (please refer below) and have taken part in ‘Prevent’ training.


My Concern

The Wessex Multi Academy Trust (of which Piddle Valley is a member) has  invested in a simple to use, safe and secure software system for recording and managing all safeguarding concerns in the school and preschool setting known as My Concern. The system enables all staff, including support staff to share safeguarding information with the safeguarding lead instantly. The overarching purpose is to protect our children and young people from harm.


 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting Mrs Vicki Nelson (Designated Safeguarding Lead) or Dr Annetta Minard (Interim HT) who will be able to provide you with support and advice.


You can also contact the Dorset Council Children's Advice and Duty Service01305 228866

Dorset Council Children's Advice and Duty service

This telephone number is for any member of the public with concerns about a child.

Professionals can call 01305 228558,

Piddle Valley CE First School values the support of parents and the community and to ensure the safety of our children we have strict volunteering procedures.

If you are interested in becoming a regular volunteer in our school please contact the school office.  Our process, procedures and documentation will be explained to you. If you are successful you will enter into our induction process with safeguarding as the main priority.

Keeping Children Safe in Education
All schools must follow the statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment.
This document is discussed with all staff and Governors so that we all understand our safeguarding duties.
Prevent Duty
In July 2015, the Government published advice for Governing bodies, school leaders and school staff. The advice explained what the Prevent Duty means for school and how schools should demonstrate compliance with the duty.
The Prevent Duty is part of the school's safeguarding procedures and practices.

Operation Encompass Safeguarding Statement

Piddle Valley First School is part of Operation Encompass. This is a police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Abuse.

For more information, please read the statement below.



Vicki Nelson –  DSL