Safeguarding

Maria White
​Designated Safeguarding Lead
Amanda Lacey
​Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Safeguarding our children is the
​priority of our school.

We work with the understanding that it ‘could happen here’.

The Headteacher, Maria, is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for Child Protection and Domestic Violence.  She is supported in this by Co-Headteacher, Amanda Lacey, who is our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL).

However, EVERY, adult working in our school is responsible for Safeguarding our children.

We work tirelessly to ensure that safeguarding maintains a high profile within the school and our community. We do this through:

– Following a robust recruitment procedure for all adults wanting to work in our school; this include volunteers.
– Regular staff training and updates to ensure that all adults, working in our school, have the relevant information and the understanding of appropriate procedures that must be followed to ensure the safety of our children.
– Regular class and whole school assemblies to ensure children know how to keep themselves safe and know who to talk to if they feel unsafe in anyway. This includes Online Safety.
– Weekly Safeguarding updates in our school newsletter to support parents.
– An Annual Safeguarding Review led by a Local Authority Safeguarding Adviser to provide impartial guidance and feedback on what the school does well and any areas where we could improve further.
– Half termly meetings with the Safeguarding Governor to review our Safeguarding Action Plan and check in with staff and children.
– Working in strong partnerships with a variety of agencies for the benefit of children and families including the school Nurse and Educational Welfare Officer.

Please read our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy for further information.

IF YOU THINK A CHILD IS IN DANGER PLEASE CALL THE MULTI- AGENCY SAFEGUARDING  HUB (MASH) TO REPORT YOUR CONCERN
0345 155 1071 or email mashsecure@devon.gov.uk and give as much information as you can.

IF YOU FEEL A CHILD IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER OR KNOW A CHILD IS BEING HARMED, YOU MUST CALL 999.

Safeguarding help for children

In school time:

Remember staff in  school are always there is you need help or support with anything school or home related.

If you need support outside of school time:

Do you need immediate help or have a real emergency?
If so, call 999 and tell the call handler what the problem is.
Remember to keep calm and just tell them the facts.

Childline is a free and private service where you can find information or get help if you are worried about something or being bullied.

You can ring Childline on 0800 1111
https://www.childline.org.uk/

CEOP helps children stay safe online. You can report a concern to them if you are worried that someone has asked you to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or asked to meet you and you do not know them.

https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/how-can-CEOP-help-me-YP/

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass ensures there is a simple phone call or notification, to a trained member of school staff, before a child arrives in school. The call or notification is triggered by police recently attending the child’s home or being involved in a domestic abuse incident, that the child has experienced.

Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse.

Information is shared by the police with a school’s trained Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.

Children experiencing domestic abuse are negatively impacted by this exposure; domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience and can lead to emotional, physical and psychological harm. Operation Encompass aims to mitigate this harm by enabling immediate support, making a child’s day better and giving them a better tomorrow.

Operation Encompass directly connects the police with schools to secure better outcomes for children who are subject or witness to police-attended incidents of domestic abuse. Rapid provision of support within the school environment means children are better safeguarded against the short-, medium- and long-term effects of domestic abuse.