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 Local School Committee members 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 Claire Lewis Headteacher
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) Mrs Caren Dickinson Class 6 Teacher / SLT
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) Mr Ben Kent Class 3 Teacher
Governor for Safeguarding Mr. Charlie Northcott LSC member

 Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

 (a paper copy is available upon request)

Download “Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy” St-Helens-Child-Protection-Safeguarding-Policy-14.05.2019.pdf – Downloaded 21 times – 622 KB

Download “Identification of children at risk from sexual exploitation” Identification-of-children-at-risk-from-sexual-exploitation-05.12.2017-1.pdf – Downloaded 102 times – 1 MB

Download “CSE Guidance - Core Document 13.02.2017” CSE_Guidance_Core_Document_13.02.2017.pdf – Downloaded 133 times – 353 KB

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

Download “Accessibility Plan” St-Helens-Accessibility-Plan.pdf – Downloaded 24 times – 128 KB

Download “Anti-bullying Policy” Alumnis-Anti-bullying-Policy-St-Helens.pdf – Downloaded 22 times – 213 KB

Download “Children in Care Policy” Children-in-Care-Policy-07.11.2017.pdf – Downloaded 131 times – 565 KB

Download “Equality Policy” Equality-Policy-25.04.2017.pdf – Downloaded 299 times – 534 KB

Download “Health and Safety Policy” Health-Safety-Policy-05.02.2018.pdf – Downloaded 107 times – 985 KB

Download “Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions and the Administration of Medicine Policy” Alumnis-Supporting-Pupils-with-Medical-Conditions-Policy-14.05.2019.pdf – Downloaded 23 times – 198 KB

Download “Online Safety Policy” Online-Safety-Policy-20.03.2018.pdf – Downloaded 102 times – 1 MB

Download “Positive Handling Policy” Positive-Handling-Policy-09.01.2018.pdf – Downloaded 132 times – 704 KB

Download “Preventing Radicalisation Policy” Alumnis-Preventing-Radicalisation-Policy-02.10.pdf – Downloaded 65 times – 234 KB

Download “Road Safety Policy” Road-Safety-Policy-29.11.2016.pdf – Downloaded 150 times – 570 KB

Download “Self Injury Policy” Self-Injury-Policy-26.01.2016.pdf – Downloaded 152 times – 572 KB

Download “Sex and Relationships Education Policy” Sex-and-Relationships-Education-Policy-20.09.2016.pdf – Downloaded 161 times – 439 KB

Download “Touch Policy” Touch-Policy-20.09.2016.pdf – Downloaded 178 times – 406 KB

Download “Whistleblowing Policy” Whistleblowing-Policy-05.02.2018.pdf – Downloaded 287 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” Keeping_Children_Safe_in_Education__3_September_2018_14.09.18.pdf – Downloaded 52 times – 1 MB

Download “Working Together to Safeguard Children” Working_Together_to_Safeguard_Children-1.pdf – Downloaded 209 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 193 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 Claire Lewis (Designated Safeguarding Lead) or Mrs Caren Dickinson or Mr Ben Kent (Deputy 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 Clare Ferriday (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.

Useful Links

Download “Parents Protect Page 1” Parents-Protect-Page-11.pdf – Downloaded 153 times – 370 KB

Download “Parents Protect Page 2” Parents-Protect-Page-2.pdf – Downloaded 153 times – 498 KB

Download “Social Media Safety Information” Social-Media-Safety-Information.pdf – Downloaded 136 times – 466 KB

Download “NSPCC Keeping Kids Safe Online Information” NSPCC-Keeping-Kid-Safe-online-info.pdf – Downloaded 148 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.