Safeguarding

Widecombe-in-the-Moor Primary School is committed to safeguarding all members of the school community and our visitors. The school's procedures operate in line with the Devon and Torbay Safeguarding Children Board and Department of Education statutory guidance. The school is committed to cooperating fully with other agencies on matters relating to child protection. If you have any concerns about the welfare of the students please report them immediately to the designated safeguarding lead. Widecombe-in-the-Moor Primary School Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy is available on the school website and by request at the school office. This policy operates as part of a wider suite of welfare policies.

The lead safeguarding officers in the school are:

Mr Des Stokes - Academy Head  - Designated Safeguarding Lead 

Mrs Lucy Carr - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead 

Ms Nicky Dunford - CEO

If any member of staff is concerned about a pupil's well-being, emotional or physical, and/or has worries about their safety either from their own or others’ actions (others  include adults and young people in and out of school)

The school procedure is as follows:

  • Discuss concerns with the School Designated Safeguarding Lead  or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead  (if DSL not on site)
  • Concerns must be reported as soon as possible. It is much better to share a concern or worry than to keep it to yourself.
  • The School Designated Officer will make a decision as to whether outside agencies should be involved. This will usually be following advice from the Child Protection Threshold Team (CYPS)
  • Write down as soon as possible what the pupil has told you, including the time, date, and names of other people involved.
  • Confidentiality should never be promised, you have a legal obligation to share any concerns that involve a child being harmed or at risk of harm
  • The pupil's welfare is paramount.
  • If the concern relates to the conduct of another member of staff this must be reported to the Academy Head.

Contact list for other DSL's within our Trust. 

Bearnes – Dan Turner 01626 353980

Broadhempston- Jill Ryder 01803 762656

Cheriton Bishop – Robin Scott 01647 24817

Diptford – Jodie Talbot 01548 821352

Drakes - Pete Halford 01395 443871

Ilsington – Sam McCarthy-Patmore 01364 661208

Harbertonford – Anne Burns 01803 732352

Hennock - Jason Keenan   01626 833233

Landscove – Jill Ryder 01803 762656

Morchard Bishop - Chris Sargeant 01363 877328

Moretonhampstead – Alex Waterman 01647 440482

Otterton - Pete Halford 01395 568326

Stoke Gabriel – Alice Eeles 01803 782469

Tedburn St Mary – Andy Keay 01647 61338

Yeoford – Vicki Gillon 01363 84234

 

Remember - Never feel worried to share a concern.

It is always better to share a concern and find out later that there was nothing to worry about than not to share a concern and find out later that a child has suffered.

Out  of hours helplines/websites:

KOOTH - https://www.kooth.com online help and chat for mental health and wellbeing

Childline - https://www.childline.org.uk or 0800 1111

NSPCC - https://www.nspcc.org.uk or 0808 800 5000

Devon Children and families partnership - https://www.dcfp.org.uk/training-and-resources/multi-agency-safeguarding-hub-in-devon/

Staying safe online

With the increased access children have to devices that can connect to the internet, it has never been more important to understand how to be safe when using online content.

Whether children are accessing images, online games, social media platforms or just surfing the web, as part of their homework, they need to remain safe.

At Widecombe-in-the-Moor Primary School we take E-Safety seriously and wanted to share some useful information with parents/carers and children to help raise awareness of this important subject area.

Some useful websites:

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/ - 'Since 2006, Thinkuknow has been keeping children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. Thinkuknow is unique. It is underpinned by the latest intelligence about child sex offending from CEOP Command. Thinkuknow aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them. Alongside the Thinkuknow website the programme provides educational resources, including films, cartoons and lesson plans, to help professionals raise young people’s awareness.'

https://www.o2.co.uk/help/nspcc - contains articles and useful information for keeping your children safe online.

Useful resources:

Below are some information booklets to help parents keep their children safe online. They have been produced by O2 and the NSPCC and Vodafone. They contain some vitally important information when it comes to child safety online.