COVID - 19 PANDEMIC INFORMATION:
Please click below to read our appendix to our Safeguarding Policy during the time of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Colyton Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff in our schools.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Aerfen Mills (Head of School)
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
Mrs Sandy Evans
Miss Steph Cleary
Miss Rebecca Crispin
Miss Sarah Shoesmith
We follow the procedures set out by the Devon Safeguarding Children Board and the statutory guidance issued by the Department for Education (in particular ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ – September 2020).
Further information about safeguarding in Devon can be found at:
Our Child Protection Policy clearly sets out how we deal with concerns as a school. A link to the policy can be found on this page as well as on the “Policies” page on the Parents tab.
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 before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening.
The information is given in strict confidence to a school’s Key Adult to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.
Colyton Primary School is proud to be part of the Operation Encompass intervention.
For more information click on the link below
At Colyton the safety of our children is of upmost importance. This includes keeping them safe when using electronic equipment and more specifically when entering the online world. E-Safety encompasses internet technologies and also electronic communications via mobile phones, games consoles and wireless technology. By educating our children in e-safety we aim to highlight the need for children and young people to think practically about the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology.
We operate an open-door policy for reporting issues relating to e-safety and very much welcome parents and carers to come into school to speak with a member of staff about any perceived problems.
For additional support and information, please visit our website page ‘Staying Safe Online’
Child Sexual Exploitation
Child Sexual Exploitation, or CSE, is a form of sexual abuse which sees children/young people being manipulated or coerced into sexual activity for receiving ‘something’ such as; gifts, money, food, attention, somewhere to stay etc.
Technology is very often used to groom victims. This may occur through social networking sites and mobile phones with internet access.
CSE has gained a large amount of media attention over the last year as lots of services involved with children and young people have noticed a big rise in cases involving CSE.
Charities such as NSPCC and Barnardos have been campaigning to raise the profile of this form of child abuse. Information regarding CSE can be found here on their websites below:
As part of Colyton’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy, and take guidance from Teaching Approaches to help build resilience to extremism.
What is the Prevent Strategy?
The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. It:
responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health)
Are you concerned about a child?
If you have serious concerns about a child or young person, or if you need help parenting your child you can call 0345 155 1071 or email email@example.com
Out of hours please call 0845 6000 388. If it is an emergency dial 999.