At St James, we strongly recognise the need for vigilant awareness of safeguarding issues. All staff have received appropriate training and induction so they understand their roles and responsibilities and are confident about carrying them out.
Staff, pupils, parents and governors feel secure that they can raise any issues or concerns about the safety or welfare of children and know that they will be listened to and taken seriously. This is achieved by maintaining an ethos of safeguarding, promoting the welfare of children and young people and protecting staff.
We have a duty to refer all safeguarding issues to external agencies that need to be involved.
The safeguarding team at St James comprises the following staff:
- Miss Lindsay Skinner – Headteacher
- Mrs Sarah Howe – Safeguarding Officer & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Mr Mark Barlow – Deputy & Safeguarding Lead
- Mrs Dawn Courtney – Safeguarding Officer
- Ms Emily Harper – Deputy Headteacher
- Miss Tamar Busby – Assistant Headteacher & SENDCo
- Mrs Angela Webb – Assistant Headteacher
Mr Gavin Wilson is our nominated Safeguarding Governor.
You can contact any of the above staff at St James on 01392 209922 or via email to that relevant member of staff.
If you believe that urgent action is needed because, for example, a child is in immediate danger or needs accommodation, phone the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0345 155 1071 and give as much information as you can.
Members of staff and governors have completed training in safer recruitment and implement rigorous recruitment processes for all posts connected to St James. Staff maintain a thorough and up to date single record of DBS checks.
We work with Operation Encompass to ensure that there is early reporting to schools that a child or young person has been exposed to domestic abuse or violence. http://www.operationencompass.org/
Use the links at the bottom of this page to find out more about how to report abuse, online safety, radicalisation, well-being, child sexual exploitation and female genital mutilation and to find our list of safeguarding links and downloads.
- A written Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and up to date child protection procedures which have been agreed with the governing body.
- An identified designated lead with two designated deputies.
- A nominated governor to champion child protection and safeguarding issues.
- Training at the appropriate level for all staff and volunteers.
- Robust staff recruitment and selection processes which safeguard children.
MASH – The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub
The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is a partnership between Devon County Council (DCC), children’s social care, education and youth services, Devon NHS health services, Devon and Cornwall Police and the probation service working together to safeguard children and young people. A factsheet can be downloaded from the links and downloads section of this page.
Remember – if you are concerned about a child or young person in Devon and want to speak to someone, contact the MASH on 0345 155 1071 and give as much information as you can.
Keeping Children Safe in Education updated, September 2018
In September 2018, the Department for Education published a revised Keeping Children Safe in Education. You can find the full PDF here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/741314/Keeping_Children_Safe_in_Education__3_September_2018_14.09.18.pdf
The importance of the Prevent strategy
Prevent relates to the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 which came into force on 1 July 2015.
Since 1 July 2015 there has been a duty on schools to have ‘due regard to the need to Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. This is called the Prevent duty.
At St James, all our staff have completed whole school Prevent training and understand the importance of the Prevent strategy.
All our staff understand the duty they have to ensure British values are embedded into our curriculum and pastoral care to support healthy discussion and debate and to promote tolerance.
All our staff understand that any concerns around potential radicalisation and/or extremism should be treated as a safeguarding issue and reported to our safeguarding team.
Our safeguarding team understand the South West Prevent Strategy and how to make a referral.