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)

We have a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which is available on this webpage (a paper copy is available upon request).

Download “Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy” Child-Protection-Safeguarding-Policy-25.04.2017.pdf – Downloaded 39 times – 781 KB

Download “Identification of Children at Risk from Sexual Exploitation Policy.pdf” Identification-of-Children-at-Risk-from-Sexual-Exploitation-Policy-18.10.2016.pdf – Downloaded 28 times – 1 MB

Download “CSE Guidance - Core Document 13.02.2017” CSE_Guidance_Core_Document_13.02.2017.pdf – Downloaded 22 times – 353 KB

Other policies connected to the safeguarding and wellbeing of children include those listed below, all of which can be viewed on the Policies page of our website

  • Positive Handling
  • Medical Conditions and Administration of Medicines
  • Attendance
  • Behaviour
  • Anti Bullying
  • Online Safety
  • Preventing Radicalisation

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 32 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 108 times – 310 KB

Download “Working Together to Safeguard Children” Working_Together_to_Safeguard_Children-1.pdf – Downloaded 114 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 91 times – 225 KB

We have a Health & Safety Policy for the practical protection of children and adults on the school site; this can be viewed on the Policies page of our school website. Health & Safety is routinely monitored by the school’s staff and Governing Board.

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 member of staff is also Level 3 trained in Safeguarding:

Mrs. Claire Barrs (PSA / Pupil Mentor)

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.


Download “Parents Protect Page 1” Parents-Protect-Page-11.pdf – Downloaded 52 times – 370 KB

Download “Parents Protect Page 2” Parents-Protect-Page-2.pdf – Downloaded 48 times – 498 KB

Download “Social Media Safety Information” Social-Media-Safety-Information.pdf – Downloaded 40 times – 466 KB

Download “NSPCC Keeping Kids Safe Online Information” NSPCC-Keeping-Kid-Safe-online-info.pdf – Downloaded 43 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