Worried about a child's safety?
If you are concerned about a child or young person in Devon and want to speak to someone contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0345 155 1071 or email and give as much information as you can.
If a child is at immediate risk contact the police on 999.
The following organisations can also offer advice and information if you are concerned about a child:
Children and young people
If you are worried about your own safety or that of a friend call 0345 155 1071.
The Devon Children and Families Partnership has lots of information to help people like you and your friends stay safe at home, at school and out and about.
Further Online Resources
Click here to report online abuse.
Click here for videos, games and E Safety information!
We are an Operation Encompass school.
For further information, please read this letter come in and see us or click here
We follow the key principle that safeguarding is everybody's responsibility and are acutely aware of the fact that safer recruitment is key to this. Our staff are well trained in all aspects of Safeguarding and weekly updates and thorough record keeping help to create a culture of effective Safeguarding practice.
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Le Bredonchel (Head Teacher)
Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Ms Foster (Assistant Head Teacher)
Further Safeguarding Information
What is Bullying?
Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone else – such as name calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone.
It can happen anywhere – at school, at home or online. It’s usually repeated over a long period of time and can hurt a child both physically and emotionally.
Bullying that happens online, using social networks, games and mobile phones, is often called cyberbullying. A child can feel like there’s no escape because it can happen wherever they are, at any time of day or night.
Verbal abuse, such as name calling and gossiping.
Non-verbal abuse, such as hand signs or text messages
Emotional abuse, such as threatening, intimidating or humiliating someone
Exclusion, such as ignoring or isolating someone
Undermining, by constant criticism or spreading rumours
Controlling or manipulating someone
Racial, sexual, homophobic or transphobic bullying
Physical assaults, such as hitting and pushing
Making silent, hoax or abusive calls
Online or Cyberbullying.
What should you do if you think you or someone else is being bullied?
The most important thing is to tell somebody. This can be hard because you may be worried about making it worse but by telling an adult we can work together to make it stop.
You can tell a trusted adult in your family but we also want you to tell an adult in the school. This could be your teacher, a teaching assistant, Mr Le Bredonchel or any other adult that helps in our school like Dawn, Julia or Jamie. We will then work with you and your parents or carers to make sure it stops.
For more information about bullying and cyber-bullying visit the NSPCC website here.
Read our behaviour and bullying policy here. As a school, we are very proud of how effective we are at stopping bullying once we have been told and have received very positive parent feedback about our response.
If you are a parent concerned about bullying please contact your child's teacher immediately.
The world of ICT and the online world are both useful and fascinating. But as everyone is aware there are also many dangers. New games and apps are created regularly and the issues and dangers involved need constant reviewing. For advice about keeping your child safe online, including parental controls, please visit the NSPCC website here.
We teach children how to stay safe online as part of 'E Safety' in our IT lessons. More information can be found on the IT page in the Curriculum section of our website.
The Prevent Duty
Protecting Children from radicalisation.
The link below will take you to the GOV.UK web page that provides help and guidance on this subject.
FGM Is Illegal
Female Genital Mutilation also known as Female Circumcision and Cutting
Information for Children can be found here
It has been estimated that over 20,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of FGM in the UK each year, and that 66,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences of FGM. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a growing cause of concern in schools.
FGM is child abuse and a form of violence against women and girls, and therefore it is dealt with as part of existing child and adult safeguarding/protection structures, policies and procedures. It is illegal in the UK to subject a child to female genital mutilation (FGM) or to take a child abroad to undergo the procedure – Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003. Despite the harm it causes, FGM practising communities consider it normal to protect their cultural identity. The age at which girls are subject to FGM varies greatly from shortly after birth to any time up to adulthood. The average age is 10 to 12 years.
At Ilfracombe Junior School, our staff are trained in dealing with FGM and are alerted to the following key indicators:
A child’s family comes from a community that is known to practise FGM.
A child may talk about a long holiday to a country where the practice is prevalent.
A child may confide that she is to have a ‘special procedure’ or to attend a special occasion.
A child may request help from a teacher or another adult.
Any female child born to a woman or has a sister who has been subjected to FGM will be considered to be at risk, as much as other female children in the extended family. Any information or concern that a child is at risk of FGM will result in a child protection referral to Children’s Social Care.
The new mandatory reporting duty for FGM under the Serious Crime Act 2015, requires teachers in England and Wales to report known cases of FGM in under 18-year-olds to the police. Guidelines on mandatory reporting can be found here.
Other Sites That Can Help
Medical advice and information about FGM.
Advice and counselling for anyone affected by FGM.
Support for young people from women who have experienced FGM themselves.
Daughters of Eve
Read what the U.K. Government has to say about FGM and a quick list of places you can get help.