Welcome to the Milton Abbot School Safeguarding Circle
We take our duty of care and responsibility for promoting healthy welfare very seriously. We are all fully committed to the Department for Education statement: ‘Everyone has a duty to safeguard children and protect them from harm.’ This is taken from the DfE document ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education': (Sept 2022)
Our ‘Safeguarding Circle’ represents the robust, joined up systems at Milton Abbot School that encircle our children to fully protect and shield them from harm. 'Keeping Children Safe in Education', lists such possible harm as: abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.
Staff members working with children are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ and ‘it could be happening to this child’, where safeguarding is concerned. When concerned about the welfare of a child, staff members should always act in the best interests of the child.
Designated Safeguarding Leads at Milton Abbot Primary School
Lisa Paton 01822 870273 firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Walkerdine 01822 870273 email@example.com
Emily Jinman 01822 870 273 firstname.lastname@example.org
Our chair of governors is Jane Byrne
The Safeguarding Lead for Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust is Barbara Manning
Our Early Help Offer
Milton Abbot Primary School works to provide Early Help to those children and families in the school community with emerging needs, which may not be appropriate for Social Services intervention. Early help means providing support to our children and families as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life.
We understand just how complicated family life can be. From time to time, there may be situations where you need some extra help and support.
If things are not right at home, please come and talk to us.
We can help in many ways.
Successful Early Help will mean:
Parents and Carers:
The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub
One such agency, and a central cog in the Devon safeguarding system is the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).
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. Telephone: 0345 155 1071.
For More Information
More information about safeguarding in Devon can be found at:
'Early help': When a child/young person/family needs something extra, Early Help is the initial response offered by all services in contact with children, young people and families.
Additional information about Child Protection nationally can be found at:
Worried About a Child? Contact MASH
If you are concerned that a child or young person is being abused please email email@example.com or call
Devon: 0345 1551071 | Out of hours please: 0845 6000388 | Emergencies: 999