You can contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead on 07593 137087 or through the school office on 01837 52866, and email: email@example.com
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 them to support students with their safeguarding and welfare. We can offer or signpost extra support for students who are young carers, who have experienced trauma or bereavement or who are in Care. We can also support families through the ‘Early Help’ framework, where additional services or support are required.
What you can do
- Encourage your child to talk to you about things that worry them as part of your normal family 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 go to the class pages and email them. If you have concerns about the safeguarding of your child or another young person then please contact one of 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.
The well-being of each child is the responsibility of the class teacher under the oversight of the Year Group Leaders, Associate Principals and Executive Principal. We also have a member of staff designated to deal with any Pastoral and Child Protection matters. Pastoral Care meetings are held on a half-termly basis when a multi-agency team meet to discuss any concerns about the children's welfare.
Follow the link below to find out more about safeguarding across Dartmoor Multi National Trust DMAT Safeguarding Policy and information.
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:
Our Safeguarding Team
Barbara Manning (Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust Director of Educational Welfare & Safeguarding Lead)
Sharon Ball - Designated Safeguarding Lead and Designated Teacher for Children in Care
Martin Evely (infant Principal) - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Sally Huxen (Junior Principal) - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Beverley Pickett-Jones (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Coordinator) - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Vikki Bendle - Nominated Safeguarding Governor for the Local Stakeholder Board.
Jo Arnold - Nominated Deputy Safeguarding Governor for the Local Stakeholder Board.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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 http://www.operationencompass.org/
Safeguarding Documentation - For use by Supply Teacher, Regular Volunteer and Employees
Please follow the link to access important safeguarding information and documentation.