We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice. The procedures contained in our safeguarding policy apply to all staff and governors and are consistent with those of the Devon safeguarding children board (DSCB).
Designated Safeguarding Lead - Tim Gurney
Deputy Safegaurding Leads - Katie Martyn and Sarah Bale
Some of our Key Principles:
The welfare of the child is paramount
All children, regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection
Safer children make more successful learners
The school’s responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children is of vital importance
All staff have an equal responsibility to act on any suspicion or disclosure that may suggest a child is at risk of harm
Pupils and staff involved in child protection issues will receive appropriate support
Our policies will be reviewed at least annually unless an incident or new legislation or guidance suggests the need for an interim review.
Representatives of the whole-school community of pupils, parents, staff and governors will be involved in policy development and review
All staff and volunteers undergo DBS checks before undertaking any work with our children and we are constantly updating our procedures.
We ask and expect parents and visitors to school to respect these procedures and adhere to the safeguarding notices around the site.
Click here to access our current Safeguarding Policy
Click here to access the Devon Safeguarding Children Board website
Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub
The MASH is the central resource for the whole of Devon receiving all safeguarding and child protection enquiries. It is staffed with professionals from a range of agencies including police, health, mental health, education, social care, housing, probation, early years, youth offending, fire, and domestic abuse services. MASH staff gather and review information from a range of agencies and use this to decide the most appropriate way to support a family and ensure the needs of children are met. Where appropriate, the MASH team is able to immediately trigger a response, the emphasis being on interventions to the child or young person and their family to prevent harm.
Working together in this way ensures that the agencies are sharing information and are able to respond to a child’s needs quickly and efficiently. If you are concerned about a child or young person in Devon and want to speak to someone, you can contact the Devon Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0345 155 1071.