Safeguarding

All those who come into contact with children and families have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

 

Please pass any safeguarding concerns on to one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads or,  in an emergency, contact the MASH (details below).

 

See below for more detailed guidance for staff and volunteers.

Infant and Nursery School
Designated Safeguarding Lead:

Sarah Mackay, Headteacher

Contact: 01392 258894

sarah.mackay@stokehill.devon.sch.uk 

 

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead:

Alison Kenney, Deputy Headteacher

Contact: 01392 258894

alison.kenney@stokehill.devon.sch.uk 

Stoke Hill Junior School

Designated Safeguarding Lead:

Roy Souter, Headteacher

Contact: 01392 667830

07854 142614

roy.souter@stokehill.devon.sch.uk

 

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads:

Claire McKimm and Jamie Sullivan, Assistant Headteachers

Contact: 01392 667830

claire.mckimm@stokehill.devon.sch.uk

jamie.sullivan@stokehill.devon.sch.uk

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub
Out of hours:  If you believe that urgent action is needed because, for example, a child is in immediate danger or needs accommodation, phone the MASH on 0345 155 1071 and give as much information as you can. 

Guidance for staff, visitors and volunteers:

If you’re worried that a child may be being abused or neglected you should:

  • Tell the Designated Safeguarding Officer as soon as possible. At the Junior School this is Mr Souter, or Mr Sullivan/Mrs McKimm if he is not available. At the Infant School this is Mrs Mackay or Mrs Kenney if she is not available (see Safeguarding Contacts page for details).
  • Remember that an allegation of child abuse or neglect may lead to a criminal investigation, so don’t do anything that may jeopardise a police investigation, such as asking leading questions or attempting to investigate the allegations.
  • Where concerns arise as a result of information given by a child, it is important to reassure the child but not to promise confidentiality.
  • Record all information given to you in writing, as soon as possible.  Write down where you were, what they said, what you said and who you told. There are pink safeguarding record forms in both  staffrooms – remember to record the full date.

 

Working safely with children

Never put yourself in a position where there could be the possibility that you could be accused of inappropriate behaviour.

  • Make sure there are other children or adults around the place you are working.
  • Make sure doors are open and you can be easily seen by people walking past.
  • Don’t instigate physical contact.
  • Don’t pass on or accept phone numbers/email addresses.
  • If you have any concerns, however small, make sure you pass them on to the child’s teacher, Mr Souter or Mrs Mackay.
The Devon Children's Safeguarding Board website contains lots of valuable information and guidance about safeguarding.