At Southbrook, we take Safeguarding extremely seriously. We do lots of work around teaching children to keep themselves safe in different ways, be it on an individual, or group, basis. We also have a duty to respond to any concerns we may have regarding a potential issue around a child’s safety and we have strict processes which we have to follow regarding this. This may involve talking to parents and/or outside agencies. We have included some of our most important Safeguarding documents for you to see but, if there is anything you wish to talk to us about, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy Sept 2020 01 10 2020
- Keeping children safe in education September 2020
Our school is part of Operation Encompass. This is a police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Abuse. Operation Encompass means that the police will share information about Domestic Abuse incidents with our school PRIOR to the start of the next school day when they have been called to a domestic incident. We have staff trained as Key Adults to receive this information and to ensure support is put in place for the student.
What to do if you are worried about a child or young person
The Devon Children and Families Partnership provides lots of useful information about keeping children safe and also guidance on what to do if you are worried about a child or young person. The website is:
The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is the key contact for any enquiries about child protection. Their contact details are: 0345 155 1071 or out of hours 0845 6000 388 The NSPCC is good resource for information and guidance on safeguarding. They have a dedicated helpline for if you are worried about a child or young person. Their details are:
Helpline: 0808 800 5000
“Radicalisation” refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism. During that process it is possible to intervene to prevent vulnerable people being drawn into terrorist-related activity.
‘Prevent’ relates to the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 which came into force on 1 July 2015.
Since July 1 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. Prevent is part of the Government’s counter terrorism strategy. Its aim is to stop more people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism in all its forms.
If a member of staff has a concern about a particular student they should follow the school’s normal safeguarding procedures.
Parents and carers can find out more at:
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse, in which a young person is manipulated or forced into taking part in a sexual act. This could be as part of a seemingly consensual relationship, or in return for attention, affection, money, drugs, alcohol or somewhere to stay. The young person may think that their abuser is their friend, or even their boyfriend or girlfriend. But they will put them into dangerous situations, forcing the young person to do things they don’t want to do. The abuser may physically or verbally threaten the young person, or be violent towards them. They will control and manipulate them, and try to isolate them from friends and family.
Further information can be found on the NSPCC website: