We take Safeguarding very seriously at our school
Safeguarding is our highest priority. No child should suffer harm of any form, either at home or at school.
Everyone who works or visits our school has the responsibility to make sure that all our children are safe.
If you are worried about the safety of any young person in our school, you must report this to one of the Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSOs) in school who will act in the best interests of the child. Reception will assist you with finding and liaising with one of the DSOs immediately.
You can also contact our safeguarding team via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara Stone (Lead Safeguarding Officer, SLT)
Sara has worked in education for more than 25 years, starting as a primary teacher, first in Plymouth and then moving to Tiverton, and she has taught every subject to every age group. Sara has also been a Special Education Needs Coordinator and Designated Safeguarding Lead. Safeguarding is Sara's passion.
SARA JARMAN (BEHAVIOUR AND WELLBEING SPECIALIST, DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING OFFICER)
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.
CLIVE STAPLES (CLASS SEVEN C, BEHAVIOUR AND LEARNING SUPPORT, DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING OFFICER)
Clive has a degree in Steiner education and has worked for twenty years with children with special educational needs. He gained his QTS at Bath Spa University where he is currently studying at Masters level. He is also training as a 'Thrive' practitioner and one of the Designated Safeguarding Officers.
THERESA TRAPP (SILVERBIRCH, DESIGNATED SAFEGUARDING OFFICER)
Theresa has done the Steiner Early Years training course in London. She worked at The Exeter Steiner School for ten years and ran the Children's garden an independent kindergarten in Exeter for two years.
Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
Early Help Locality Contact Information, Devon County Council, South & West Devon
Phone: 0808 800 5000
Phone: 0800 1111
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,)
Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse
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.