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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.


DMAT Safeguarding Policy
Devon Safeguarding Hub Guide for Parents 

Department for Education Keeping Children Safe in Education


Our Safeguarding Team




Mrs Jane Lake (Director of Safeguarding), Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust





Mr Martin Evely (Associate Principal) -Designated Safeguarding Lead





Miss Sharon Ball - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Designated Teacher for Children in Care 





Miss Sarah Godbeer (Executive Principal)






Mrs Sally Huxen (Associate Principal) - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead





Mrs Beverley Pickett-Jones - Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Coordinator.






Mrs Hannah Bancroft - Nominated 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


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

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. It can be hard to know when extreme views become something dangerous, and the signs of radicalisation are not always obvious.


Radicalisation - Preventing Extremism in Schools

The NSPCC offer a guide on spotting signs of radicalisation to support. Educate Against Hate – Preventing extremism in schools  If you are concerned about extremism in a school or organisation that works with children, or if you think a child might be at risk of extremism, contact our helpline by email: or phone: 020 7340 7264 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm, excluding bank holidays).


E-Safety - Keeping Safe Online

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

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


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