St. Helen’s Safeguarding Statement

St. Helen’s School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We recognise that all adults including temporary staff, volunteers, parents and governors have a full and active part to play in the protection of our pupils.

We believe that St. Helen’s School should provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating learning environment that promotes the fair and just principles of British values to support the social, emotional, physical and moral development of each child.

People to contact at St. Helen’s regarding Child Protection and Safeguarding:

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Mrs. Caren Dickinson SENDco
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) Mrs. Clare Ferriday PSA / Pupil Mentor / TA
Nominated Lead Governor for Safeguarding Mr. Charlie Northcott Governor (Foundation)
Nominated Deputy Lead Governor for Safeguarding Mrs. Rachel Sharpe Governor (LEA)

 Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

 (a paper copy is available upon request)

Download “Child Protection & Safeguarding-Policy” Child-Protection-Safeguarding-Policy-05.12.2017.pdf – Downloaded 49 times – 782 KB

Download “Identification of children at risk from sexual exploitation” Identification-of-children-at-risk-from-sexual-exploitation-05.12.2017-1.pdf – Downloaded 36 times – 1 MB

Download “CSE Guidance - Core Document 13.02.2017” CSE_Guidance_Core_Document_13.02.2017.pdf – Downloaded 62 times – 353 KB

Our other policies connected to the safeguarding and wellbeing of children include those listed below:

Download “Accessibility Plan” Accessibility-Plan-07.11.2017.pdf – Downloaded 45 times – 502 KB

Download “Anti-bullying Policy” Anti-bullying-Policy-20.03.2018.pdf – Downloaded 43 times – 558 KB

Download “Children in Care Policy” Children-in-Care-Policy-07.11.2017.pdf – Downloaded 47 times – 565 KB

Download “Equality Policy” Equality-Policy-25.04.2017.pdf – Downloaded 157 times – 534 KB

Download “Health and Safety Policy” Health-Safety-Policy-05.02.2018.pdf – Downloaded 27 times – 985 KB

Download “Medical Conditions and the Administration of Medicine Policy” Medical-Conditions-and-the-Administration-of-Medicine-Policy-20.03.2018.pdf – Downloaded 23 times – 742 KB

Download “Online Safety Policy” Online-Safety-Policy-20.03.2018.pdf – Downloaded 64 times – 1 MB

Download “Positive Handling Policy” Positive-Handling-Policy-09.01.2018.pdf – Downloaded 53 times – 704 KB

Download “Preventing Radicalisation Policy” Preventing-Radicalisation-Policy-05.12.2017.pdf – Downloaded 39 times – 528 KB

Download “Road Safety Policy” Road-Safety-Policy-29.11.2016.pdf – Downloaded 68 times – 570 KB

Download “Self Injury Policy” Self-Injury-Policy-26.01.2016.pdf – Downloaded 69 times – 572 KB

Download “Sex and Relationships Education Policy” Sex-and-Relationships-Education-Policy-20.09.2016.pdf – Downloaded 81 times – 439 KB

Download “Touch Policy” Touch-Policy-20.09.2016.pdf – Downloaded 86 times – 406 KB

Download “Whistleblowing Policy” Whistleblowing-Policy-05.02.2018.pdf – Downloaded 168 times – 783 KB

We follow the Local Authority’s Safer Recruitment protocols and the Department for Education Guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’, ‘What to do if you are worried that a child is being abused’, ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ – all of the Departmental guidance notes can be downloaded below.

Download “Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2016)” Keeping-Children-Safe-in-Education-September-2016.pdf – Downloaded 73 times – 830 KB

Download “What to do if you are worried a child is being abused.pdf” What_to_do_if_you_re_worried_a_child_is_being_abused-1.pdf – Downloaded 155 times – 310 KB

Download “Working Together to Safeguard Children” Working_Together_to_Safeguard_Children-1.pdf – Downloaded 160 times – 2 MB

 We actively support the Government’s ‘Prevent’ agenda to counter radicalisation and extremism.

Download “Prevent Duty Departmental Advice” 2015_10_20-Prevent-Duty-Departmental-advice-v6.pdf – Downloaded 140 times – 225 KB


All adults working in school have enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance together with safeguarding checks in accordance with policy. All staff have regular safeguarding training.

If you are concerned about a child’s welfare please record your concern and any observations or conversations heard and report to Mrs Caren Dickinson or Mrs. Clare Ferriday (Designated Safeguarding Leads) as soon as possible. If you do find yourself needing to report a concern, we stress the need for absolute confidentiality to be observed and maintained at all times.

The following members of staff are also Level 3 trained in Safeguarding:

Mrs. Claire Barrs (PSA / Pupil Mentor)

Mrs. Rose Colpus-Fricker (School Business Manager)

Mr. Ben Kent (Teacher)

Mrs. Zoe Batten (Executive Headteacher)

We have an Online Safety Committee who meet regularly to monitor and review the school’s strategy and protocols regarding online safety.

The Computing and Online Safety Lead is Mr. Ben Kent (Teacher).

Our commitment to online safety is demonstrated through the deployment of the ‘Report an Issue’ button on our school website. This links to the South West Grid for Learning’s ‘Whisper’ reporting system, and enables pupils, parents and members of the public to instantly report any online content giving cause for concern.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with their parents / carers first unless we have reason to believe that this would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

Further information on Safeguarding children in Devon

can be found on the Devon and Torbay Safeguarding Children Boards website.


Useful Links

Download “Parents Protect Page 1” Parents-Protect-Page-11.pdf – Downloaded 93 times – 370 KB

Download “Parents Protect Page 2” Parents-Protect-Page-2.pdf – Downloaded 90 times – 498 KB

Download “Social Media Safety Information” Social-Media-Safety-Information.pdf – Downloaded 89 times – 466 KB

Download “NSPCC Keeping Kids Safe Online Information” NSPCC-Keeping-Kid-Safe-online-info.pdf – Downloaded 89 times – 917 KB

“SelfieCop is a useful tool that can help parents safeguard their children’s online activities.”
A.Jackson, Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC, Ireland)

You can read more about SelfieCop and download it HERE


NSPCC ‘Underwear Guide’ for Parents to talk with their children about

Safeguarding reminder for Devon

Child abuse. If you think it, report it.

We all have a responsibility to report any concerns of abuse or neglect and get help to vulnerable children and young people quickly.

Whether you’re the neighbour, the teacher or the concerned relative, everyone has a role to play in tackling child abuse and neglect. You don’t have to be absolutely certain either, information is usually gathered from many sources, and yours could be the missing piece needed, so it is very important.

The advice to anyone in Devon who may have suspicions of child abuse or neglect is to contact Devon’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0345 155 1071, or email and give as much information as you can.