Safeguarding & Child Protection
Child Protection – Duty of Care
Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are advised to inform all parents and carers of our duty to report concerns that a child may have been neglected or abused to the relevant authorities. We may do so, in some circumstances, without your consent and/or without informing you.
- The school's Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Ian Thomas
- The school's Deputy Safeguarding Lead is Mathew Harts
- The school's governor with responsibility for safeguarding is Rachael Hopkins.
The schools within TEAM Multi-Adacemy Trust are committed to child protection and safeguarding. We follow all statutory guidelines as well as our own policies and procedures. Our policies are published online and hard copies are available from the school office. We will act to protect a child where there is a disclosure or concern about abuse. The categories of abuse recognised by Social Services would be neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse.
Safeguarding protects children beyond the four areas of abuse that must be reported to MASH. We consider safeguarding in all aspects of school life and have procedures in place to ensure that, as far as possible, 0ur children continue to be safe from harm or neglect.
The Devon Safeguarding Children Board has an Early Help strategy to protect children or young people in Devon and provide help and advice to families as soon as they need it. Early Help is about more than child protection: it is about making sure that children living in Devon are safe, happy, healthy and well educated. Early Help co-ordinators work across Devon to ensure that those children and families needing help are receiving it from the right professionals. If you feel that your family would benefit from Early Help, please contact a Designated Offer at your child’s school.
For additional support and advice, click on the link to the attached documents,
CEOP - Child Exploitation and Online Protection
CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.
If you are experiencing online bullying or something else online has worried you please speak to an adult you trust, or you can talk to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk
NSPCC 'Speak out. Stay safe.' visit
Thank you to the NSPCC for working with our children on a 'Speak Out. Stay Safe.' visit. Encouraging your children to speak up and share their feelings help keep them safe. The NSPCC website https://www.nspcc.org.uk/ has useful information for helping parents keep children safe.
Prevent is part of the UK government’s counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. Its aim is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
From 1st July, the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a statutory duty on specified authorities to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.
The strategy involves thousands of people – police and intelligence officers, the emergency services, local authorities, businesses, voluntary and community organisations, governments and other partners – working in together across the UK and the world to protect the public.