‘The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. The designated safeguarding lead is vigilant in his oversight of any child protection issues. Records of any safeguarding concerns are of high quality and detailed. Staff receive suitable safeguarding training and so they are able to recognise the signs when pupils’ welfare may be at risk. Senior leaders ensure that all the necessary checks on staff are carried out thoroughly before they are appointed. Staff work sensitively with parents and external agencies to monitor and support vulnerable pupils. As a result, these pupils receive the help and protection they need.’
Ofsted – 2019
Child Protection Statement
We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all students. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where students are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our internal procedures to ensure that students receive effective support, protection and justice.
Child Protection and safeguarding procedures apply to all staff, volunteers and governors and any adult visiting the school site and are consistent with those of the local safeguarding children board (LSCB). Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children.
Our school Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy can be read here.
Our Senior Designated Leads for Child Protection are:
- Kealey Sherwood – Headteacher
- Mark Cahill – Deputy Headteacher
- Bridget Sharratt – Deputy DSL
These staff are featured on posters displayed throughout school with their pictures on and they wear pink lanyards.
The nominated child protection governor is Mr Mark Wadeley-Jones
The Devon Safeguarding Board website has further information for parents, children and those working with them, and can be found at http://www.devonsafeguardingchildren.org/
Need help when school is closed?
If you are concerned about the safety of a child in Devon and want to speak to someone, or if you are a child worried about your own safety, contact our Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0345 155 1071 or email email@example.com and give as much information as you can.
For support for victims of domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking. If you or anyone else is in immediate danger call 999.
https://www.fear-less.org.uk/ Tel: 0345 155 1074
If you are experiencing financial hardship and food poverty, foodbank can offer support by providing food and other essential items.
Foodbank do not require you to be claiming benefits or ask you for income details. They are there to provide support for any person in
need of accessing adequate food.
Call: 07939381974 or visit: https://exeter.foodbank.org.uk/get-help/
Childline can offer support for a wide range of issues including bullying, online safety, abuse, low mood, friendship issues, eating problems,
alcohol use and others.
Childline offer 1:1 counselling support via the phone or online as well as a useful website providing advise on many issues experienced by young
If you or someone else is at immediate risk of harm call 999.
(Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service) CAMHS are offering additional crisis support. If a child or young person (under 18) is experiencing a mental health crisis, you can now access Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services 24/7.
Please contact 03300 245 321 during normal hours (8am-5pm, Mon to Fri) or 0300 555 5000 outside these hours. Callers will speak to a call handler, their
call will be forwarded to a voicemail service and their message will be returned within one hour.
There are three CAMHS crisis teams – Torbay and South Devon; Exeter, East and Mid Devon; and North Devon. Your call will be directed to the appropriate
In the event of an emergency please call 999.
Adult Mental Health Crisis Support:
Call: 116 123
If you or someone else is at immediate risk of significant harm call 999.
Mental Health Matters:
24 hour, 365 days a year mental health helpline – 0800 4700317. https://www.mhm.org.uk/
Find us at St Leonards GP Practice, Athelstan Road, St
Leonards, Exeter EX1 1SB
(Near the War Memorial on Denmark Road)
Open 6pm-midnight, every day (including weekends and bank holidays).
Tel: 07990790920 or 07484061675
CEOP – Child Exploitation& online Protection If you have concerns that a child is being abused online you can report your concern to CEOP using their website. The website also has lots of advice available on many online safety issues.
The Department for Education has commissioned the NSPCC to launch a new helpline called Report Abuse in Education. The helpline comes after numerous anonymised testimonials of sexual harassment and abuse in schools and colleges were recently shared to the Everyone’s Invited website.
The newly launched helpline will provide support to:
- children and young people who want to share current and non-recent experiences of sexual abuse and harassment
- children and young people who want to talk about being involved in or witnessing any incidents
- anyone who works or volunteers in a school setting and needs support and guidance
- adults who have experienced non-recent abuse
- parents and carers who are concerned about their own child or other children.
Following the troubling testimonies of sexual harassment and abuse documented on the Everyone’s Invited website, we’re here to help.
The NSPCC has a new helpline to support children and young people, and offer guidance to adults and staff working with pupils.
The helpline can be contacted on 0800 136 663, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Links for specific safeguarding issues
Professional organisations are available to provide up-to-date guidance and practical support on specific safeguarding issues. Teachers can also access up-to-date government guidance on the issues listed below via the GOV.UK website:
- Keeping Children Safe in Education
- child missing from education
- child missing from home or care
- child sexual exploitation (CSE)
- bullying including cyberbullying
- domestic violence
- fabricated or induced illness
- faith abuse
- female genital mutilation (FGM)
- forced marriage
- gangs and youth violence
- gender-based violence/violence against women and girls (VAWG)
- mental health
- Online Safety
- Peer on Peer Abuse
- private fostering
- teenage relationship abuse
St Luke’s is a wonderful place; is a school full of staff who are dedicated to improving the life chances of every student that attends the school.
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