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Dorset Safer Schools and Communities Team have collated a number of their own produced resources and those from national and local services to offer specialist support and advice on a wide range of needs, concerns and topics. These resources can be used to educate, guide and support children and young people in keeping safe.


Firearms and Knives Click&Play
For schools that could not support a visit by the Dorset Police Firearms Team, please click on the picture above for a shortened video highlighting some of the key learning points.

Anti-Bullying week 2021 runs from the 15th -19th of November. Click here to access resources surrounding the topic of bullying.


Advice and information

This advice is intended to explain schools’ powers of screening and searching pupils so that school staff have the confidence to use them. In particular, it explains the use of the power to search pupils without consent. It also explains the powers schools have to seize and then confiscate items found during a search. It includes statutory guidance which schools must have regard to.

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This is advice provided by the Department for Education (the department). Its focus is child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment at schools and colleges. The advice covers children of all ages, from the primary through secondary stage and into colleges. For the purposes of this advice, a child is anyone under the age of 18. Whilst the focus of the advice is on protecting and supporting children, schools and colleges should of course protect any adult students and engage with adult social care, support services and the police as required.

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This is advice from the Department for Education and the Association of Chief Police Officers. It is non-statutory and has been produced to help answer some of the most common questions raised by school staff in this area, as well as promoting understanding of the relevant powers and duties in relation to powers to search for and confiscate drugs, liaison with the police and with parents.

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This advice covers incidents on school and college premises where students have potentially committed a crime.

It provides guidance on what schools and colleges should bear in mind when considering contacting the police.

This advice covers the following situations:

  • Assault
  • Criminal damage
  • Cyber crime
  • Drugs
  • Harassment
  • Sexual offences
  • Theft
  • Weapons

This advice aims to support schools and college to make defensible decisions when considering whether to involve the police.

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Here you will find information regarding the Age of criminal responsibility, what happens if a child under 10 breaks the law? What happens if your child gets in trouble with the police and information on.

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Section 89 of the Education and Inspectors Act outlines the following:

The measures which the head teacher [of a relevant school in England ] determines under subsection (1) may, to such extent as is reasonable, include measures to be taken with a view to regulating the conduct of pupils at a time when they are not on the premises of the school and are not under the lawful control or charge of a member of the staff of the school.

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This policy document aims to provide guidance to operational police officers and police staff on the Force response to incidents which occur on school premises and specifically:

  • Outline schools’ responsibilities when incidents occur.
  • Give clarity on how the incident should be handled if the police need to be involved.
  • Give guidance on the type of incidents where the police should be involved and those that should be dealt with by the school.

It also intends to develop an agreed set of reporting standards to:

  • Ensure a consistent approach to dealing with school related incidents throughout Dorset.
  • Provide accurate data on school related incidents.

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prevent them becoming involved in terrorism by raising your concerns and making a referral. You may have concerns about a potentially vulnerable institution that is being exploited for the purpose of promoting an extremist ideology. In either case, a dedicated team is ready to help.

If you are from a partner agency (Prevent Duty partners only), please make a Prevent referral by completing the form below and emailing it to: PreventReferrals@Dorset.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively call our team directly during office hours on 01202 229337 to discuss your concerns.

If there is an immediate threat to life always dial 999.

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Where it is appropriate and there are no aggravating factors, schools and other education facilities are encouraged to deal with incidents of sexting following recent guidance issued by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) in response to ‘youth produced sexual imagery’.

Home Office counting rules require all forces to formally record any reported incidents of sexting as crimes under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. All incidents of 'sexting' where children are involved must in the first instance primarily be treated as a safeguarding issue whilst following Home Office Counting rules.

The taking, making or distributing indecent photographs or possession of an indecent photograph of a child is a criminal offence and therefore all reported offences of youth produced sexual imagery to Dorset Police will be recorded as a crime. However, the guidance to forces also allows the police to use their discretion as to the best means of then resolving that crime report. In instances where there are no aggravating factors a closing outcome of 'Outcome 21' can be assigned to crimes which states; ‘further investigation, resulting from the crime report, which could provide evidence sufficient to support formal action being taken against the suspect is not in the public interest – police decision.’ This means that even though a young person has broken the law (and the police could provide evidence that they have done so), the police can record that they chose not to take further action as it was not in the public interest. The use of 'outcome 21' on a crime means that the young person does not have a criminal record and it is unlikely that the incident would be shared on future Disclosure and Barring Services checks - unless future incidents occurred which suggested a pattern of behaviour.

This publication provides guidance and advice for professionals and covers the following: responding to disclosures, handling devices and imagery, risk assessing situations , involving other agencies, including escalation to the police and children’s social care, recording incidents, involving parents and preventative education.

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This briefing note seeks to support law enforcement professionals to respond in a proportionate way to reports of children (under 18 year olds) possessing, sharing or generating indecent imagery of themselves or other children. This activity may constitute an indecent image offence and be illegal under the Protection of Children Act 1978 and Criminal Justice Act 1998.

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With the rise of sexting incidents involving young people, this guidance aims to help schools identify sexting incidents, manage them and escalate appropriately.

Click here for guidance from GOV.UK

Click here for guidance from SWGfL.


Local advice

Sometimes you may feel you need a bit more help and support. Locality can help with this. It is made up of different professionals who work together to make sure you get the right help at the right time.

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Early Help is intervening as soon as possible to tackle problems emerging for children, young people and their families to improve their outcomes. Early Help is for pre-birth to age 19 (up to 25 if a young adult has identified Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities). Early Help allows for support to be put in place at the right time to meet families' needs prior to issues reaching crisis point. It draws upon families' own skills and promotes self-reliance. 

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Local support and advice for you or someone you know that has a substance misuse problem.

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Whether you are seeking help for yourself, a friend or family members this local service gives free, confidential support to people experiencing issues with drugs, alcohol or mental health. (formerly Addaction)

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