Child Protection – Duty of Care
Newport Community School Primary Academy is committed safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have a statutory duty to report concerns raised that might indicate that a child is at risk of harm to the relevant authorities. In some circumstances we may do this without your consent and/or without informing you.
The school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Gillian Courtenay (Deputy Head teacher)
The Deputy Safeguarding Leads are Annette Yates (Head teacher) & Georgie Gratton
The school's governor with responsibility for safeguarding is Kim Baker
The school's designated lead for Child Sexual Exploitation is Gillian Courtenay
MASH – Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub
MASH is the central resource for the whole of Devon receiving all safeguarding and child protection enquiries. If you have any concerns about the welfare and safety of a child please contact them on 0345 1551071.
The school is part of Operation Encompass which runs jointly between schools and Devon and Cornwall Police.
Operation Encompass is the early reporting on to schools that a child or young person has been exposed to domestic abuse.
Prevent is part of the UK government’s counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST. Its aim is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
From 1st July, the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a statutory duty on specified authorities to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.
The strategy involves thousands of people – police and intelligence officers, the emergency services, local authorities, businesses, voluntary and community organisations, governments and other partners – working in together across the UK and the world to protect the public.
Child Sexual Exploitation - Useful links
Childline telephone 0800 1111
NSPCC Tel 0808 800 5000
The school follows 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:
What to do if you are worried about a child being abused
Thank you to the NSPCC for working with our children on a 'Speak Out. Stay Safe.' visit. Encouraging your children to speak up and share their feelings help keep them safe. The NSPCC website https://www.nspcc.org.uk/ has useful information for helping parents keep children safe.