Safeguarding

Safeguarding is a shared responsibility and is part of the culture of our school. During the Autumn term 2018, pupils contributed ideas about staff, pupils, parents and visitors could do to help keep the school safe. William and Lucas were very proud when they found the word safeguard in the dictionary following  our safeguarding assemblies. In January 2019, the school council wrote and presented a safeguarding quiz with the headteacher and this took place during a whole school assembly. 

Keeping children safe is our priority

  • On arrival to the school please make yourselves known to the office and sign in, please be aware that ID will be checked if you are unknown to the school.
  • Remember to sign out when you leave the school site.
  • Please wear a visitor's badge during your visit.
  • Please take a moment to read our visitors' guide
  • Mobile phones may not be used on site unless permission is sought and granted through the school office.
  • If you have any safeguarding concerns, please report them to the Headteacter (Miss Purcell), who is our designated safeguarding lead or, if she is not available, to Mrs Dart, who is our deputy designated safeguarding lead.
  • If your concern is regarding a child in pre-school then please speak to Lynne Penberthy, the pre-school manager with responsibility for safeguarding.

Knowing children as individuals

You can find more information at:  http://www.devonsafeguardingchildren.org/

Top Ten Safeguarding Tips

  • Listen and accept
  • Say you will share information
  • Don’t promise confidentiality
  • Reassure the child
  • Tell the child that you take them seriously
  • Try not to interrupt
  • Ask questions only to clarify
  • Note accurately what the child says
  • Don’t investigate
  • Report ASAP to the child protection officers

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Alice Purcell (Headteacher)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Jacqui Dart (SENDCO)

Supporting Children: Operation Encompass

The school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Devon and Cornwall police.

Operation Encompass enables the reporting to schools prior to the start of the next school day information concerning a child or young person who has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.

Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff known as the Key Adult (Head Teacher or Deputy Safeguarding Lead, Jacqui Dart) is trained to allow them to liase with the police and to use the information that has been shared in confidence, to ensure the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in or have been exposed to a domestic abuse incident.

We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this service will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.

Key Contacts:

Operation Encompass website:

www.operationencompass.org

Splitz Domestic Abuse Service:

www.splitz.org

email: admin@splitzdevon.org

tel: 0345 155 1074

T. 01392 259964 F. 01392 459368 E. admin@ide.devon.sch.uk W. www.ide.devon.sch.uk