Keeping Children Safe at Buckholme Towers

At Buckholme Towers School the safety and well-being of the children is considered to be of paramount importance.

Our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy addresses the importance of ensuring children are able to grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, both at home and school, enabling all children to have the best outcomes.  The policy provides clear guidance on the School’s procedures where a child is thought, or known to be, at risk of harm.

Buckholme Towers is committed to safeguarding and to promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all members of its community to share this commitment.  Within the context of ‘Every Child Matters’ and ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’, we take account of the need for children being healthy and staying safe. We will take positive action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.  The prime concern at all times must be the interests and safety of the pupils.

All staff (including ancillary, supply staff and volunteers) are aware of our Policy and receive regular training and updates. Staff will refer to the Staff Handbook where details of a Staff Code of Conduct can be found. The policy will be reviewed regularly and will be updated and amended when necessary, and at least annually.

We follow the procedures and protocols adopted by the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).  Sometimes, when there are concerns about a young person’s welfare, we may need to share information and work in partnership with outside agencies.  We will ensure that any concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the young person’s welfare.

On this page you will find information about how we keep our pupils safe.

You will also find a number of links to sites and documents that we feel you may find useful. Of course, we welcome any parent or carer into school who may have questions or concerns of a Safeguarding nature.

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) are:

  • Mrs Ruth Darvill - Headteacher (Senior DSL)

  • Mrs Jennifer Hamblin – (Deputy DSL)

  • Miss Amelia Starkey - (Deputy DSL)

Other Key Roles in Safeguarding:

  • Mrs Ruth Darvill – eSafety Champion and Prevent Lead

  • Miss Jennifer Hamblin – Anti Bullying Champion/Pastoral Care

  • Mr Eric Bosence (Governor Lead) and Mrs Ruth Darvill - Allegations Management

A copy of our Safeguarding Flowchart is available to download here.


To download the Keeping Children Safe in Education Parents Leaflet please click here.


Family Information Service – Borough of Poole


Bournemouth and Poole LSCB


What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused – March 2015


MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) leaflet.

Click here to download

Childline Website for U12s

Childline has created a safe website for u12s that contains age-specific advice on bullying and emotional abuse, as well as related topics such as neglect. Children can also contact Childline through the website for personal support.

Useful Numbers:

National Domestic Violence helpline: 0808 2000 247

Poole Domestic Abuse Outreach Tel: 01202 710777