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Safeguarding and Child Protection



You can telephone our Designated Safeguarding Lead on 01837 52866, or email:

There is a dedicated team of staff at Okehampton Primary who have extra training to deal with safeguarding and welfare. It is also part of every member of staff’s duty as well.  All staff here have training every year to support students with their safeguarding and welfare. We can offer, or signpost to, extra support for students and their carers who are experiencing difficulties.

What you can do

  • Encourage your child to talk to you about things that worry them as part of your normal routine. 
  • Monitor their use of the internet and social media. 
  • Report things that concern you – all social media sites have a reporting option.
  • Encourage healthy sleeping, eating and exercise routines.
  • Take your child to the GP if you have concerns over mental health as well as physical health.
  • Seek advice online – there are lots of really helpful websites that tackle many of the common issues that pre-teen and teenagers go through.
  • Click the link to find our Safeguarding Policy plus other useful information on our website.
Who you can contact in school
Your first point of contact is your child’s class teacher. You can choose to speak directly to them, or email them. If you have concerns about the safeguarding of your child or another young person then please contact the Safeguarding Team on 01837 52866. 


We believe that effective safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people is paramount. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A Disclosure and Barring Service certificate is required for all posts, including our peripatetic teachers and regular volunteers and sports coaches. 


We have a regularly reviewed and rigorous Child Protection Policy and Procedures in place. All staff including our volunteers and supply staff must ensure that they are aware of our procedures. All adults who work in the school are trained to take responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of pupils at the school.


Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will always ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with their parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that this is not in the child's best interests.


Follow the link below to find out more about safeguarding across Dartmoor Multi National Trust DMAT Safeguarding Policy and information.


Quick Links:

Keeping Children Safe in Education

For more information on our safeguarding and child protection policies and documents, please follow the link below. You can also find additional information on how to report harmful content online through the E-safety Guidance page:

DMAT Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy

Our Safeguarding Team


 Barbara Manning (Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust Director of Educational Welfare & Safeguarding Lead)



 Jacqui Dart (Assistant Principal, SENDCO and Designated Safeguarding Lead)



 Matt Smith (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Assistant SENDCO)



Lora Medland (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Lead Teacher)



Jodie Harvey (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Lead Teacher)














We are committed to keeping children safe and happy at Okehampton Primary School. If you have a concern regarding the safeguarding or well-being of a child, this should be brought to the attention of one of the leads at the earliest opportunity. Please call the school on 01837 52866 and say it is a safeguarding concern so that we prioritise calling you back if we are not immediately available. Concerns can be emailed to

NSPCC - Keeping Children Safe

The NSPCC is a website that has all the child protection tools, online course and resources you need to keep children safe, from advice on children's mental health to staying safe online, support for parents and what to do it you're worried about a child. Follow the link to see more on Keeping Children Safe in Education


Radicalisation - Preventing Extremism in Schools

Both the NSPCC and SaferDevon offer a guide on spotting signs of radicalisation to support, please follow either link for further information and helplines.


E-Safety - Keeping Safe Online

For more information and links to keeping safe online, please follow the page link.

Operation Encompass
Operation Encompass is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse. Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident. Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident. We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.

For more information, visit

Safeguarding Documentation - For use by Supply Teacher, Regular Volunteer and Employees


Please follow the link to access important safeguarding information and documentation.