At Milton Abbot School we state clearly: Everyone has a duty to safeguard our children and protect them from harm.
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: http://www.miltonabbot.devon.sch.uk/data/uploads/476.pdf
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
More information about safeguarding in Devon can be found at:
Additional information about Child Protection nationally can be found at:
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
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
Keeping your children safe online:
Tips and Advice for keeping children safe on
Tips and Advice for keeping children safe on
At Milton Abbot we enjoy regular assemblies featuring Cyber
Simon, who reminds us the key rules for staying safe online.
For our full policy: http://www.miltonabbot.devon.sch.uk/data/uploads/485.pdf
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
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): https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
Other information to guide you: