Telephone: 01202 876 556
Ferndown Middle School
Peter Grant Way Ferndown Dorset BH22 9UP


Do you need to report a concern?
For families and members of the public who have a concern regarding a child living in Dorset the phone number for CHAD (Children’s Advice and Duty Service) is 01305 228866. The line is covered Mon to Friday 8.00am-10.00pm and Sat and Sun 9.00am-10.00pm.

For concerns regarding a child living in the Bournemouth area the contact number for the MASH (Multi Safeguarding Hub) is 01202 735046. The line is open 8.30am-5.15pm Mon to Thurs and 8.30am-4.45pm on Fri. The out of hours tel no is 01202 738256.

If you have concerns regarding someone who works with a child including volunteers, foster carers and school employees, these should be reported to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

The email addresses for the Dorset and Bournemouth LADOs are as follows:

The telephone no for the Dorset LADO is 01305 221122.

In the case of an emergency or a child is at risk of immediate harm call 999

Safeguarding at Ferndown Middle School

Ferndown Middle School recognises that the welfare of the child is paramount and takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people in its care.

Mrs Barter (Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Mrs Giddens (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Both have had specialist training in Safeguarding and Child Protection.

If you have any concerns please contact one of the members of staff above on the School number which is 01202 876 556.

Safeguarding Children Policy 2023-24_FMS (2)

Additional Safeguarding Policies can be viewed on our policies page:

  • Anti-Bullying
  • Behaviour
  • Code of Conduct
  • Drug
  • E-Safety
  • Social Networking
  • Supporting children with medical conditions and managing medicines
  • Whistleblowing

OUR KEY ADULTS ARE: Mrs A Barter – Headteacher, Mr P Darch – Assistant Headteacher

Operation Encompass Safeguarding Statement

Our 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.

Operation Encompass means that the police will share information about Domestic Abuse incidents with our school soon after they have been called to a domestic incident.

All Key Adults (DSL/DDSL) have attended an Operation Encompass local briefing as well as national online training.

Our parents are fully aware that we are an Operation Encompass school.

The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information.

The Key Adult has also led briefings for all school staff and Governors about Operation Encompass, the prevalence of Domestic Abuse and the impact of this abuse on children. We have also discussed how we can support our children following the Operation Encompass notification.

The Safeguarding Governor will report on Operation Encompass in the termly report to Governors. All information is anonymised for these reports.

The Key Adult has used the Operation Encompass Toolkit to ensure that all appropriate actions have been taken by the school.


At Ferndown Middle School, we take e-safety extremely seriously. We believe that it is the right of all children to feel safe and secure when using technology. Our E-safety Policy contains detailed information about how we ensure our children remain safe in their use of technology.

To download our E-Safety Policy visit our policies page.

We teach children to use the internet and other technologies safely, and we show them how to behave in an appropriate manner. They know what to do if they feel uncomfortable with anything they see or hear either online or through other technology such as mobile phones.

It is important to encourage a healthy lifestyle with regard to the use of technology, and teach children about the risks of exposure to inappropriate content or too much time in front of a screen.

We show children how to keep their data and security safe, and we teach them to be critical of the things they see online.

Guidance for parents on Live Streaming
Dorset E-Safety Update

Safeguarding Websites

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
“CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. CEOP protects children from harm online and offline, both directly and in partnership with local and international agencies.” Click on the link if you or somebody you know of has been, or may be, the victim of on-line harassment, bullying or exploitation.

Parent Info
Expert information to help children and young people stay safe online, for schools to host on their own websites.

Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)
Click on the link if you have discovered any offensive websites or obscene content on the internet. The Internet Watch Foundation has the power to shut these sites down. To minimise the availability of potentially criminal internet content specifically.

Think U Know
Think U Know is an important web site that is aimed at children and their parents/carers to educate all concerned about the potential dangers and risks that currently exisit on the internet. It is an important aspect of modern life that parents and carers are aware of exactly what their children have posted on line, what security risks there are and also what site their children are visiting. Please click on the link below and spend some time watching the video clips and resources therein.

Childline offers help and advice to children who are worried, concerned or at risk in any way. If you would like to contact an impartial person to discuss any issues that you may be finding difficult, please click on the link below or ring the number shown

Click on the link below if you would like to make contact with an impartial person to speak to if you, or someone you know of , may be feeling depressed, anxious or suffering from any sort of mental illness.
“We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.”

Talk to FRANK
FRANK helps you find out everything you might want to know about drugs (and some stuff you don’t). For friendly, confidential advice, Talk to FRANK. Click on the link below if you have any queries, or are concerned about any one, in relation to drug, alcohol and substance abuse.

General links
Online safety for children: a guide to protecting your kids online
ChildNet International – special parents section & leaflets for download
Be Safe Online
BBC guide to using the Internet
Digizen – Young people and social networks
Connect Safely
The National Referral Mechanism a Guide for Parents

Anti-Bullying Network
Bullying UK

Get Safe Online

Net Nanny