Welcome to our Safeguarding page

Safeguarding at Steiner Academy Exeter is our highest priority. We believe that the safety, protection, health, wellbeing and welfare of all our students is essential and, as a result, safeguarding and its procedures underpin all that we do.

We follow the statutory guidance in Keeping Children Safe in Education (revised September 2019) and Working Together to Safeguard Children (revised July 2018) and recognise our responsibility under the Children’s Act 1989 and section 175 of the Education Act 2002, to have due regard to our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare and wellbeing of children and young people.

At SAE, we have a safeguarding team of seven experienced professionals, all holding Level 3 Safeguarding qualifications. They all hold different roles across school, meaning that we have an excellent knowledge base of support throughout the academy. However, safeguarding does not end with these seven and all staff at SAE have been trained and hold responsibility for safeguarding and child protection. Should you need to talk to somebody, there is always someone for you. We will take all child protection and safeguarding concerns seriously and will respond to them promptly, keeping the child or young person at the centre of all we do. Our Child Protection policy can be found in the link below.

Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy (.pdf)

Safeguarding team

If you are concerned about the safety of any child or young person then please contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead or the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads on 01392 757371 or email If required, you can contact the MASH, Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub on 0345 155 1071 or email


As DSL, Billy holds overall responsibility to child protection and safeguarding within SAE. He also oversees the Safeguarding Team. He is the first point of contact for any concerns.

His email is


Sara has been at the Steiner Academy since the beginning. Sara’s current role is supporting students’ well-being at the academy. Sara has been in education for 15 years with various roles including 1:1, mentoring students and supporting children with disabilities in main stream school. Sara has experience and training in children’s mental health first aid and counselling skills.



Jane is Head of STEM, Class 10 Guardian and Assessment Lead. She comes from a background of science and engineering having gained her degree in Materials Engineering at the University of Surrey. Including a year working and researching at CERN. She has worked extensively in the industrial and corporate sectors. Prior to relocating to Devon Jane taught within the State sector in Buckinghamshire, teaching students from Year 7 though to A'Level. In addition to a Maths and Science specialism and her PGCE she has an MBA and studied Fine Art for two years at university. Jane has travelled extensively, lived in France, completed a Half IronMan triathlon, run the New York Marathon (slowly) and has danced on stage at The Kremlin.


Claire has been a SENDCo since 2007 and has experience of working in both primary and secondary schools, working with a range of special needs. She is dyspraxia herself so has a real empathy for what it is like to be a child with additional needs. She is passionate about supporting children with additional needs and is committed to making our provision excellent! On a personal level she loves baking and we are all looking forward to our birthday cakes!

External Professionals

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

Phone: 0345 155 1071
Fax: 01392 448951

Early Help Locality Contact Information, Devon County Council, South & West Devon



Phone: 0808 800 5000


Phone: 0800 1111



Operation Encompass

Supporting children through key adults

Our school participated in Operation Encompass

This scheme has been founded by Sgt Carney-Haworth and his wife a teacher and head teacher Elizabeth Carney-Haworth in 2011 which allowed police to share reports of domestic abuse incidents in Plymouth where the children had been present, with key adults at the schools they attended.

In September 2014 the scheme was rolled out across the Merseyside Police force area before being picked up by Cheshire police and Cleveland Police's force area. It is now embedded in more than 15 force.

What is it?

Operation Encompass is an information sharing initiative between the police and schools. If a domestic incident occurred on the previous evening or weekend, the police would contact a key adult Gaby Wood, DSL, or in her absence, Anja Toddington Deputy Safeguarding Lead, by the following school morning. The intention of this scheme is to have an opportunity to mitigate the toxic impact of that experience for the child at school. This scheme is being rolled out nationwide to support a child with some kind of attention, some kind of support and some kind of understanding. This helps key adults at school to potentially contextualise a child's behaviour when they arrive at school and allow the child a safe holding space and a feeling that they are not alone. 'Silent' or 'Overt' support is given dependent on the child's needs.

The single most critical factor in how children exposure to domestic violence is the presence of at least one loving and supportive adult in their life. Children without any support, who are isolated or lack nurturing adults in their lives, are more e negatively affected by their exposure to domestic abuse. (Osofsky J.D,)

Helpful Contacts:

The Devon Children and Families Partnership (DCFP)

The Devon Children and Families Partnership (DCFP) is made up of the key organisations that work with children, young people and their families. The purpose of DCFP is to champion effective partnership working, so that priorities are shared to deliver outcomes that make a real difference to the lives of children and young people.

Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse

Devon's domestic abuse helpline: 0345 155 1074
Rape crisis helpline: 0808 802 9999
Stop Abuse For Everyone (SAFE): 030 30 30 0112


Specialised services to those affected by domestic violence and abuse.
The victim care unit will help victims navigate and make informed choices about the organisation they wish to receive support from.
Phone: 01392 475 900


Devon Domestic Abuse Support Service:
Helpline: 0345 155 1074
We accept self-referrals and agency referrals. For self-referrals please call our helpline.


Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?
Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors.