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Child protection and safeguarding is given the upmost importance in school. All staff are trained in Safeguarding and Safer Working Practices. Systems and procedures are in place to help prevent any harm coming to the families we work with.


St James' School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability. All staff are trained in Prevent. All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.


If you have any concerns over a child's welfare and/ or physical or mental health you can speak in confidence to a member of our safeguarding team.


Key staff roles are;


Designated Senior Lead for Child Protection: Miss Jo Hudson (Headteacher)


Deputy Designated Lead for Child Protection: Mrs Kathryn Cousins (Assistant Headteacher), Mrs Nicki Cooper (Office Manager, welfare)


Local Committee member for Child Protection: James Bothamley 

HAT Trustee for Child Protection: Mrs Laura Crossley


The HAT Child Protection policy is below and other key policies can be located on the Policy section of the website.


If you have any concerns please speak to a staff member directly or send an email to


If you're worried about the safety or wellbeing of a child or young person who lives in Dorset contact our Children's Advice and Duty Service (ChAD) on 01305228866.

Worried about a child - Dorset Council