Our policy on child

Looking after the children and teenagers on our residential summer camp

At English Country Schools, we take the welfare of our pupils very seriously. We do everything we can to ensure that everyone on our courses is safe and that their experience is positive.

For more information please see our safeguarding and child protection policy below or download our Child Safeguarding Policy as a pdf.

Last updated: April 2023


The ECS student code of conduct

Our student code of conduct is the behaviour we expect from children and teenagers on our courses. We expect pupils to:

  • treat each other and staff with respect regardless of age, gender, colour, race or religion
  • participate in the academic and recreation programme to the best of their ability
  • mix and speak English among the different nationalities on the course
  • follow school rules and obey all reasonable instructions and requests from staff
  • talk to us if there is a problem so that we can try to help.

If an adult is accused of abuse

English Country Schools will:

  • Immediately remove the adult from all possible contact with pupils.
  • Carry out immediate investigations and inform the child’s parents.
  • If there is evidence to support the allegation the matter will be referred to the Local Authority.
  • Designated Officer (LADO) and to the NSPCC who will advise on the next steps. This may include criminal prosecution and the informing of referees and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Useful telephone numbers

  • LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) for Dorset – 01305221122
  • NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) – 01752 422577 and 0800 0280285 (Helpline)
  • Childline UK – 0800 1111
  • DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service, UK) – 03000 200 190
  • Social Services Dorset – 012584765 or info@dorsetlscb.co.uk
  • Out Of Hours Social Services – 01202657279
  • Samaritans – 08457 909090
  • Sarah Etchells (ECS co-director) - 0753 0997060 (24 hrs)

Related documents

Contact us if you would like to receive any of the following related documents.

  • Safer Recruitment (describes how we extend child protection to employment policies)
  • Emergency Plan (describes how we aim to respond in critical situations such as a coach crash or armed intruder on campus)
  • Notes for Staff (includes information about suitable clothing, disciplining of pupils, policy on photos and videos, free time supervision, excursions)
  • Expulsion Procedure (describes how we try to minimise the emotional impact on pupils if we have to expel them)
  • Excursion Guide and Risks (contains advice on ‘what if’ situations on excursions)