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Merley First School


Merley First School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare, both physical and emotional, of every pupil both inside and outside of the school premises. We implement a whole-school preventative approach to managing safeguarding concerns, ensuring that the wellbeing of pupils is at the forefront of all action taken. We expect all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment and maintain a vigilant and safe environment. It is our willingness to work in a safe manner and challenge inappropriate behaviour that underpins this commitment.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Waldron and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Anstey and Mrs Baldwin. 

You can contact the Safeguarding Leads through the school office on 01202 888455.

Mrs Anstey
Mrs Waldron

Mrs Baldwin


All members of our Safeguarding Team have had specialist training in Safeguarding and Child Protection. All staff at Merley First School are trained in Safeguarding Children, have regular Safeguarding training and understand their role in protecting children.

Kelly Overhill is the Safeguarding Officer for Initio Learning Trust 

The Lead Safeguarding Trustee for Initio Learning Trust is Debbie Flemming.

Have a concern?

If you have a concern about a child, please contact the school and ask to speak with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or one of their deputies.

If you have a concern about a child outside of school hours please contact the following Local Authority out of hours services:

  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) - 01202 123334

  • Dorset ChAD - 01305 228866

For any emergencies relating to welfare or safety, dial 999. 

For more information follow these links:

Pan Dorset Children's Safeguarding board

BCP Children's First Response MASH Family Information Directory