The Tarka Federation's Safeguarding Statement

The Tarka Federation 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 The Tarka Federation 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 The Tarka Federation regarding Child Protection and Safeguarding

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

  • Mrs. Ruh Alford - Deputy Headteacher

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

  • Mrs. Paula McAdams - Teacher

Other members of the Safeguarding Team

(Level 3 trained)

  • Mrs Leah Paiano - Administrator
  • Mrs Helen Le Fort - Teaching Assistant
  • Mrs Donna Jennings - Teaching Assistant
  • Mrs Barbara Wearne - SENDCo
  • Mrs Zoe Batten - Headteacher
  • Mrs Rose Colpus-Fricker - School Business Manager

 

 

 

Nominated Lead Governor for Safeguarding

  • Mrs. Jennie Earlam - IEB Governor

Nominated Deputy Lead Governor for Safeguarding

  • Mr Martin Winter - Chair of the IEB

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

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.

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

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 a member of the school's safeguarding team 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.

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.

NSPCC 'Underwear Guide' for Parents to talk with their children about

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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.