SAFEGUARDING AND CHILD PROTECTION
Here at South Tawton primary, we take our duty of care responsibility very seriously. All adults in the school receive training in Child Protection/Safeguarding and receive refresher updates in meetings throughout the year.
The school’s designated child protection officer is Mrs Heather Poustie and the deputy designated person is Mrs Ceri Hoggins
Our Child Protection Policy clearly sets out how we deal with concerns as a school. A link ot the policy can be found on this page as well as on the “Policies” page on the Parents tab.
If school are signficantly concerned about an incident (or a build up of incidents over time) we might make a referral to MASH (Multi-Agency Sageguarding Hub) for specialist advice.
If you are in any doubt about the safety of a child, immediately tell a teacher, Mrs Poustie or Mrs Hoggins. If it is an evening, weekend or holiday it is possible to report a concern of your own to MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub). Call 0345 155 1071 and give as much information as you can.
The MASH is the central resource for the Devon local Authority area receiving all serious safeguarding and child protection enquiries. The MASH is staffed with professionals from a range of agencies including police, probation, fire, ambulance, health, education and social care. These professionals share information to ensure early identification of potential significant harm, and trigger interventions to prevent further harm to children.
More information about safeguarding in Devon can be found at:
More information about Child Protection nationally, can be accessed at:
Internet Safety Day – Tuesday 7th February 2017
Throughout the year, all staff promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology through the school curriculum, assemblies and school displays. However Tuesday 7th February is a dedicated “Internet Safety Day.” The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternetday.org.uk.
This a very important message to share with our young people and as technology changes and develops it is important that we keep up to date with the best ways to keep our children safe.
If you have questions to ask or would like us to share more information about internet safety or any other safeguarding matters, please do not hesitate to let us know.
The internet is incredible and opens up a whole world of exciting possibilities for both children and adults. But as adults, how do we keep track of what children are accessing and make how do we make sure they’re staying safe?
E-Safety is an important part of keeping the children safe therefore E-Safety is taught to all p
upils to show them how to stay safe online. We have security measures in place in school to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material.
The best way to children safe online is for our school to work with parents to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
Help for parents and carers
There are lots of websites which can show you how to keep your child(ren) safe.
Click on the images below for tips and support.
Innocent searches online can lead to not so innocent results. But parental controls can help keep your child safe. The NSPCC website has step by step instructions for setting up parental controls.
Has someone done something online that has made you or a child or young person you know, feel worried or unsafe?
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre CEOP delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999.
Kidsmart has some clear rules for keeping children safe when they are online and lots of other tips for adults and children.
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) the leading national charity working with parents and carers of sexually exploited children. It is imporatant that all parents have an undertanding of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and this site helps to explain what child sexual exploitation is, whilst providing support for parents who think their child is being exploited.
When you enter the site then click on the link for parents for advice on how to talk to your child