Blackfield Nursery School

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Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility.

Our Commitment

Blackfield Nursery and Inspire Learning Partnership are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  

The safety and wellbeing of every child in the care of Blackfield Nursery is our absolute priority. We expect all of our staff, children, parents, volunteers,  visitors, contractors, those responsible for governance and third party professionals to share this view.

For further information regarding Safeguarding at Inspire Learning Partnership, please follow this link:

Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs)

The term “Designated Safeguarding Lead” (DSL) is used in the DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education document and refers to the person accountable for overseeing the safety and wellbeing of the children in the care of their setting. The role of the DSL must be fulfilled by a member of the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that they have appropriate authority and status to provide advice and support to other staff on child welfare and child protection matters. The DSLs are the people responsible for all safeguarding and child protection matters within our setting. 

Our setting has two Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs):

Rachel Butcher (lead DSL)

Victoria Chatfield (Deputy DSL)

who are further supported by the DSL team at Blackfield Primary School.

Reporting a Concern

We have a statutory duty to report safeguarding concerns about children in our setting and will share information about safeguarding with other settings.

If you have a safeguarding concern about a child, please contact a DSL. 

You can also contact Hampshire Children's Services directly:

Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm & Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm:
0300 555 1384

Out of hours contact telephone number for Children's Services:
0300 555 1373  

Please note - in an emergency call 999

If your concern is about an adult working or volunteering in the setting, you should contact the Manager, Rachel Butcher. If your concern is regarding the Manager, please contact the Chair of the Trust Board. 

Alternatively you can report a concern about an adult working with children or young people, to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) - 01962 876364 or by completing the online form: LADO

On 1st April 2021, the DfE established a dedicated helpline, run by the NSPCC, to support survivors of sexual harassment and abuse in education settings: 0800 136 663.

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse means any threats, violence, controlling or coercive behaviour that takes place between family members or people aged over 16 who are in a relationship with each other (or have been in the past).

Domestic abuse can happen regardless of social group, class, age, race, disability or sexuality of the individuals involved. Domestic abuse can affect men, women and those who identify as non-binary. It can occur in any relationship - heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, young or old.

It is a pattern of behaviour used by abusers designed to establish and maintain power and control over another person.

If you, or anyone else, is at immediate risk of harm, telephone the police on 999. For help call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 (24 hrs) If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police.

Other Sources of advice and support

NSPCC Child Protection Line 0808 8005000
Childline 0800 1111
Samaritans 116 123
Harmful Sexual Behaviours Professionals 03442 250623
Stop it now - Sexual Abuse Helpline for adults 0808 1000900
NAPAC  Supporting recovery from childhood abuse 0808 801 0331
Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789321