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Milton Abbot, Tavistock, Devon PL19 0PS Tel 01822 870273 Headteacher Ms Jo Nutbeam A place of happiness and learning
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Milton Abbot Primary School


At Milton Abbot School we state clearly: Everyone has a duty to safeguard our children and protect them from harm.

Our commitment:

We take our duty of care and responsibility for promoting healthy welfare very seriously. All adults in the school receive yearly training in Child Protection and Safeguarding matters. Every weekly staff meeting begins with a safeguarding discussion, whereby we communicate and share concerns as a team but also complete scenarios, testing what we would do in different situations. Our strong team ethos is the string that binds our school net to identify and support any children vulnerable to the risk of harm. Our support is child-centred and includes Thrive, which is a programme that helps build social and emotional strength and resilience, as well as a quiet 'space' to talk and be heard. 

"Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes." This is taken from 'Keeping Children Safe in Education', a central document to all schools, and includes the following types of harm: abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.

Our safeguarding team

Every member of the school staff team is committed to acting professionally and as positive role models, which is formalised in our Staff Code of Conduct and acceptable use policy. However, we have specific members of staff who lead on safeguarding and child protection:

  • The school’s designated safeguarding lead is the Headteacher, Mr Christopher Luxford, who leads on child protection systems, domestic violence, child sex exploitation and cyber safety. 
  • The deputy designated leads are Mrs. Jane Weatherston and Mrs. Mikaela Rofe. We have three further appropriately trained members of the team, who work alongside children at critical times of the school day. They are: Mrs. Maria Jones, Mrs. Nicky Bird and Ms. Clare Williams.
  • Our Little Owls pre-school team, Mrs. Clare Hurdwell and Miss. Macdonald  are also trained to the appropriate standard but are supervised throughout the week by Mrs. Weatherston, our Early Years Leader and deputy safeguarding lead. 
  • Our Child Protection Governors are Mr. Chris Smerdon and Dr. Alison Hodgetts, who are our 'Safeguarding and Inclusion team'. They continually support and challenge our internal safeguarding systems, which includes data collection and formal link visits on a termly basis.

Child Protection Policy
Our Child Protection Policy is formally reviewed annually and clearly sets out how we deal with concerns as a school and contact details for our safeguarding support team (see above), click here to link to the policy:

We work closely with Devon's Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

We encourage children, through assemblies and PSHE work, to build up a five finger network of people they can talk to if they are anxious or worried about anything that is happening in their lives. Staff are sensitive when this happens and are clear about the procedures they need to follow. If school are significantly concerned about an incident (or a build up of incidents over time) we might make a referral to MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) for specialist advice.  

If you are in any doubt about the safety of a child, immediately tell a teacher, Mr. Luxford, Mrs. Weatherston or Mrs. Rofe: we don't leave anything to chance and your information could be a significant part of a bigger picture. If it is an evening, weekend or holiday it is possible to report a concern of your own to MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub). Call 0345 155 1071 and give as much information as you can. 

The MASH is the central resource for the Devon local Authority area receiving all serious safeguarding and child protection enquiries. The MASH is staffed with professionals from a range of agencies including police, probation, fire, ambulance, health, education and social care. These professionals share information to ensure early identification of potential significant harm, and trigger interventions to prevent further harm to children.

More information about safeguarding in Devon can be found at: 

Additional information about Child Protection nationally can be found at:

Internet safety – e-safety

At school we aim to provide as much information as possible about keeping your children safe on the Internet. This is enhanced and supplemented in PSHE and computer lessons they receive in school which we hope will enable them to make the right choices and learn how to keep themselves safe. The web is a wonderful learning and social resource but as with anything children need to learn what is appropriate and safe.                                             

The most important advice is to talk to your child and play an active part in their time online. Talk with your child about their 'life online'. Consider where your child is using the internet. Keeping computers/ipads in the main family living space will help reduce any inappropriate access. If you have any concerns then please speak to your class teacher who will refer you to the child protection officer at school if necessary.

Here is a link that enables you to explore the most popular sites, apps and games that children are currently using. If you click on each of the icons it gives you details of how safe it is and what the issues and concerns are about children using them.

Staying safe online: parental control software:

Keeping your children safe online:

Tips and Advice for keeping children safe on Minecraft:

Tips and Advice for keeping children safe on Pokemon Go:

At Milton Abbot we enjoy regular assemblies featuring Cyber Simon, who reminds us the key rules for staying safe online.

For our full policy:

Child Sex Exploitation (CSE):

“Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child Sexual Exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology"

HM Government 16.2.2017. For further advice and information click here.

We teach our children that the internet is like a beach - a great place to visit but there are some hidden dangers you need to be aware of. We teach them how to stay safe online and remind them frequently of the key rules:

-keep your passwords secret       -check your privacy settings            -stop and think before you post           -don't be unkind online

-people can pretend online          -tell an adult if you're ever worried           -online actions have offline consequences

As a school we seek to maintain high levels of internet security and supervise pupils when they go online. We encourage our parents to do the same. If you would like further advice or information, a good place to start is CEOPS (Child Exploitation and Online Protection):

Other information to guide you:


Milton Abbot Primary School
Milton Abbot Primary School, Milton Abbot, Tavistock, Devon PL19 0PS   Tel: 01822 870273   Headteacher: Mr Chris Luxford
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