At South Devon Steiner School we take Safeguarding very seriously.
In fact, safeguarding the welfare, health & safety of our pupils is our highest priority.
In the last few years, we have significantly raised awareness of the importance of safeguarding and child protection among staff and parents, and we are now embedding the teaching of safeguarding themes to pupils in age appropriate ways.
We regularly invite external agencies such as Brook, South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL), Kidscape, and Proud2Be to hold sessions about healthy relationships, online safety, LGTBQ+ issues and bullying. Sessions are often for pupils, parents and staff, with the aim of raising awareness and encouraging healthy discussions within the school community.
We are also committed to weekly staff training sessions at the Collegiate (Faculty) meeting, as well as the consistent availability of EduCare online training for all staff with courses covering the full spectrum of Safeguarding issues. Safeguarding is a key subject of discussion during whole-class parent evenings, across the full age range.
I ensure that safeguarding and child protection information updates get fed into policies and staff training, and that they are regarded in the curriculum framework for safeguarding. We have a healthy culture of listening and caring, open lines of communication and a robust set of policies and procedures that we follow appropriately, to keep each child in our care safe.
If you have a concern or are worried about a child at our school, please do not hesitate to contact me or a member of the Safeguarding Team. You have our assurance of swift action and complete confidentiality.
Gaby Wood, Designated Safeguarding Lead
Everyone who works or visits our school has the responsibility to ensure that all our children are safe.
Statement of Intent
"At South Devon Steiner School (SDSS) we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We want everyone who comes into contact with children and young people to use their knowledge and professional judgement, as well as their human experience and instinct to protect them and act immediately where there are concerns for a child’s wellbeing.
By creating an overall ethos of safety and care with open lines of communication and a robust set of policies and procedures we are fully committed to keeping the children in our care safe. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice. Child protection forms part of our school’s safeguarding responsibilities. We recognise that our school plays a significant part in the prevention of harm to our pupils. We are embedding teaching children to stay safe, including online into our curriculum through age-appropriate open discussions and the use of external agencies. We have ensured that appropriate web-browser filters and monitoring systems are in place. We are committed to provide a caring, positive and safe learning environment for the pupils of our school in order to promote their social, physical, emotional and moral development."
If you are worried about the safety of any young person in our school, you must report this to one of the Designated Safeguarding Persons (DSPs) in school who will act in the best interests of the child. The office will assist you with finding and liaising with one of the DSPs immediately. If a child is at risk of harm or being harmed, contact M.A.S.H. or the police immediately and then inform the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Gaby Wood of your referral.
For a list of the Safeguarding team please click here.
Policies as Part of an Integrated Safeguarding Portfolio
Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is available on our policies page.
It is one of a series in the school’s integrated safeguarding portfolio. It details how SDSS undertakes its statutory responsibilities relating to child welfare and the safeguarding of pupils at the school.
Key Safeguarding Staff
For a list of our key safeguarding staff, please follow this link
Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
Phone: 0345 155 1071
Local Authority Designated Officer:
Early Help Locality Contact Information, Devon County Council, South & West Devon
Locality Officer: Jan Mead
Mobile: 07891 417073
Operations Manager: Karen Hayes
NSPCC 0808 800 5000
Childline 0800 1111
Useful Links for Parents: