Safeguarding and Child Protection

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Designated Safeguarding Lead: 

Ms Claire Redwood

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Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead:  Mrs Jacky Dawes

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Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead:  Mrs Eline Walker

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Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead:  Mrs Dawn Matthews

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Governor Safeguarding Lead: 

Mr Andy Corry

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Designated Child Protection Officers

Designated Child Protection Officer: Ms Claire Redwood

Deputy Designated Child Protection Officer: Mrs Dawn Matthews
Deputy Designated Child Protection Officer: Mrs Eline Walker

Additional Designated Child Protection Officer: Mrs Jacky Dawes
Educational Welfare Officer: Alison Down
Prevent Officer: 
CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) Officer: 
CIC (Child in Care) Officer: Mrs Dawn Matthews
E-Safety Officer: Miss Emma Hopkins

The safety and well-being of the children here at Highweek Community Primary School and Nursery is our first priority. Children cannot learn unless they feel happy and safe. We adhere to stringent Safeguarding procedures to protect the welfare of all the children who come here.

We are committed to:

  • Establishing an ethos in which children feel secure, valued and confident of being listened to.

  • Giving children the confidence to talk to adults in the school about abuse and to make disclosures to them.

  • Establishing relationships with parents that build on an understanding of the school’s responsibility to protect children (and recognition that this may sometimes require referral of individual children to other child protection agencies).

  • Establishing appropriate expectations of interpersonal behaviour; and developing strategies to help children to protect themselves.

  • Providing training for staff in recognising signs, symptoms and behaviour which are symptomatic of abuse and in responding appropriately.

  • Establishing good procedures and practices in relation to record keeping.

 

It is the moral and legal duty of all adults in charge of children to be ready to protect children in danger from abuse. Education staff have a responsibility to observe, monitor and refer suspected abuse.

Any member of staff suspecting child abuse or neglect must refer their suspicions to the Nominated Safeguarding Lead or Head Teacher, who will then refer to Social Services if appropriate.
It is important that staff are aware that many more children experience abuse than are registered as requiring protection. It is therefore essential that school staff are vigilant in identifying abuse.

 

Useful Information:

website: www.devonsafeguardingchildren.org

Visit the School Policies page to read our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

E-Safety

At Highweek Community Primary School and Nursery the safety of our children is of upmost importance. This includes keeping them safe when using electronic equipment and more specifically when entering the online world. E-Safety encompasses internet technologies and also electronic communications via mobile phones, games consoles and wireless technology. By educating our children in e-safety we aim to highlight the need for children and young people to think practically about the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology.

We operate an open-door policy for reporting issues relating to e-safety and very much welcome parents and carers to come into school to speak with a member of the Senior Leadership Team about any perceived problems.

For additional support and information, please visit the links below:

Child Sexual Exploitation

Child Sexual Exploitation, or CSE, is a form of sexual abuse which sees children/young people being manipulated or coerced into sexual activity for receiving ‘something’ such as; gifts, money, food, attention, somewhere to stay etc.

Technology is very often used to groom victims.  This may occur through social networking sites and mobile phones with internet access.

CSE has gained a large amount of media attention over the last year as lots of services involved with children and young people have noticed a big rise in cases involving CSE.

Charities such as NSPCC and Barnardos have been campaigning to raise the profile of this form of child abuse.  Information regarding CSE can be found here on their websites below:

Prevent Strategy

As part of Highweek’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy, and take guidance from Teaching Approaches to help build resilience to extremism.

What is the Prevent Strategy?

The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. It:

  • responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views

  • provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support

  • works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health)

Please visit this link here to view the official government document.

Concerned about a child?

 

If you believe that urgent action is needed because, for example, a child is in immediate danger or needs accommodation, phone the MASH team on 0345 155 1071 and give as much information as you can or email mashsecure@devon.gcsx.gov.uk

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub

PO Box 723

Exeter

EX1 9QS

Out of hours please call 0845 6000 388. If it is an emergency dial 999.