safeguarding children is Everyone's responsibility
Who can you talk to if you are worried about a child or young adult?
If you ever feel concerned about a safeguarding issue no matter how small it may be it is important that you share it. It is everyone's responsibility to look after children and young adults. Never feel that something is too small to say or think that 'it can't happen here'. We all need to be vigilant at all times and to communicate well to each other.
If you have child protection/safeguarding concerns about a child please see devonsafeguardingchildren.org for information of what to do.
If you want to discuss a concern with the school Amanda Bellamy is the Teacher in Charge at Park School and is the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). She is always available to talk to if you have any safeguarding concerns.(Telephone 01803 864588 firstname.lastname@example.org). Bridie Giraud is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Apart from the DSL and Deputy DSL, the school has two members of the Council of Management who can also be contacted. (Please see the Child Protection policy for names of people who will be able to offer support and guidance).
All staff receive training in Child Protection and follow the procedures set out in the Child Protection policy.
The school holds a Whistle Blowing policy if you feel that these people can not help you.
You can also contact MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) for advice and to report a concern on 0345 155 1071
There are a number of Online Safety websites to support parents and children; the following are a small selection:
The UK Safer Internet Centre has published a leaflet for parents and carers providing information and advice about online gaming, and how to help support children and young people enjoy online games positively and safely. Click here.
Think U Know is the education programme of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre aimed at young people, and encourages safer internet use. One area is aimed at children aged 5-7 years old; another page for 8-10 years old, and more resources for older children.
#DITTO is a free online safety (e-safety) magazine for schools, organisations and parents to keep you up to date with risks, issues, advice and guidance related to keeping children safe online, with a view to enjoying and learning about technology. A new edition is released approx. every 6 weeks. Click here for the link.
We are committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to any post including checks with previous employers and an enhanced DBS. An Application form and information pack will be made available from the school office by emailing email@example.com should a vacancy become available.