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At Lytchett Matravers Primary School, the safety and well-being of our children and their families is our priority.  This page contains key information about safeguarding procedures at our school.

Regular safeguarding information is published in our half-termly newsletters, which can be found here: Roundabout

If you have any concerns about the safety or well-being of a child, please speak to a member of staff in confidence.  There will always be a Child Protection Officer available to speak to you.  These officers are also called 'Designated Senior Leaders for Child Protection' (DSL/DDSLs).

The Designated Senior Leads (DSL) for Child Protection are Matt Vernon (Headteacher) and Laura Dominey (Deputy Headteacher).  We also have two Deputy Designated Senior Leaders for Child Protection (DDSLs) and these are the Assistant Headteacher & EYFS Lead Mrs Amy Foster and our Pastoral Care Worker Mrs Kate McGrail.  

We will always be happy to help and listen to your concerns, just contact the school office, stating that you have a Safeguarding concern and a member of our team will get back to you urgently. 

Please contact a member of the Safeguarding team via the school office email or via telephone on 01202 622378.

If you think a child is at risk of significant harm, you can also contact: 

DORSET CHAD (Children's Advice and Duty Service) 01305 838125


Poole Children's Services 01202 123334


Out of Hours Service 01202 738256


Alternatively use the NSPCC helpline 0808 8005000


Even contact the police using 999

If you have a safeguarding concern regarding a member of staff or volunteer at Lytchett Matravers Primary School, please speak to Matt Vernon, Headteacher, or Laura Dominey, Deputy Headteacher, in confidence.

If you have a safeguarding concern regarding the Headteacher, please speak to the Chair of Governors Kris Knudsen via: - or the Deputy CEO of the Hamwic Education Trust, Gemma Carr via:

All Safeguarding policies are available in the Policies section of the school website.  Please contact the school office if you are having trouble locating one of our policies.


Mr M Vernon
Headteacher & DSL
Mrs L Dominey
Head of School & DSL







Mrs A Foster
Assistant Headteacher & DDSL
Ms K Knudsen
Chair of Governors











Our school Safeguarding Governor is TBA.

The Designated Teacher for looked after and post looked after children is Laura Dominey. 

Our E-Safety Champion is Amy Foster.

Our link Governor for E-Safety is Mr Dave Dorrell. 

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Mrs Kate McGrail
Pastoral Care Worker & DDSL


ADT Healthcare

Offers a free helpline dedicated to helping women and families suffering from drug, alcohol and mental health problems.  ADT Healthcare was established in 2011 by people who overcame addiction themselves. Please click on the title to visit their site.

Child Exploitation – NSPCC

Finding out your child has been sexually exploited can be distressing and you might not know what to do next. Young people often trust their abuser and don’t know that what’s happening is wrong or are unable to tell anyone due to fear, intimidation and violence.  In school, we regularly share with our children the NSPCC’s PANTS message which educates children in an age appropriate way.  Make sure you are keeping up to date with the information available out there by clicking on the above title.

If you wish to make a report about sexual abuse or grooming online, please contact CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection)

County Lines – NSPCC

County lines is a form of criminal exploitation which has become a major safeguarding issue in our country and county.  Urban gangs persuade, coerce or force children as young as 7 and young people to store drugs and money and/or transport them to suburban areas, market towns and coastal towns.  It can happen to any child, no matter their background in any part of the UK including Bournemouth and Poole  – it is against the law and a form of child abuse.  Click here for information about ‘County Lines’ by the Dorset Police.

Domestic Violence and Violence Emergency Legal Protection 

A free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic abuse and violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation.

Domestic abuse is common in the UK and anyone can be a victim, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background.

Our award-winning free service allows anyone who has recently suffered or been threatened with domestic abuse or violence to apply for an emergency court injunction.

Domestic Violence – Operation Encompass

“Operation Encompass ensures that there is a simple telephone call or notification to a school’s trained Designated Safeguarding Lead /Officer (known as key Adult) prior to the start of the next school day after an incident of police attended domestic abuse where there are children related to either of the adult parties involved.

Operation Encompass is a police and education early information safeguarding partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support to children experiencing domestic abuse.

Information is shared with a school’s Key Adult (Designated Safeguarding Lead or Officer) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident. This sharing of information enables appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.

Children are negatively impacted by experiencing domestic abuse and without early intervention and support this negative impact can last through a child’s life course.  Domestic abuse can impact upon social, psychological, physical, emotional and behavioural outcomes with an often negative impact upon a child’s academic success. Experiencing domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience.

Operation Encompass aims, by directly connecting police and schools, to secure better outcomes for children, to enable schools to better understand the impact living with domestic abuse has upon children, to help schools to better understand a child’s lived experience and to therefore be able to support and nurture each child, making a child’s day better and giving them a better tomorrow.

Our aim is to have Operation Encompass in every force, in every school, for every child no matter where they live. It is simply every child’s right.” – Elizabeth and David Carney-Haworth.  Lytchett Matravers Primary School are part of Operation Encompass.

Additional advice on identifying children who are affected by domestic abuse and how they can be helped is available here and here.  National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000247, Poole Domestic Abuse Outreach: 01202 710777.

FGM (Female Gential Multilation)

To access information regarding FGM (a type of ‘so-called honour based violence) click on the title above.  Learn how to spot the signs and who to contact for support.

Mental Health – Support Services

NSPCC Parent Helpline

Prevent Duty

Click here for information from the government and the Counter Terrorism team regarding ‘Run, Tell, Hide’ – actions to take in the rare event of a firearm or weapons attack.  To read more on the governments Prevent Duty Guidance for England and Wales please click on the title.

Educate against hate has lots of information about The Prevent Duty.

Peer on Peer Abuse (including Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence)

Click here for information from the NSPCC regarding ‘Peer on Peer Abuse’ and different forms that it includes. The link to our local procedures can be accessed here.

Video – CEOP Jigsaw for 8-10 year olds

Safe Schools and Community Team