Safeguarding and Child Protection
Kilmington Primary School are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff in our schools.
We follow the procedures set out by the Devon Safeguarding Children Board and the statutory guidance issued by the Department for Education; in particular ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’.
Child Protection and Safeguarding
Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges
Our Safeguarding Team
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Lee White is responsible for Safeguarding and Child Protection.
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Steve Mellor is our Deputy, Responsible for Safeguarding and Child Protection.
John Wilton is our Safeguarding Governor
Cause for Concern
Our first priority is of course your child’s welfare and our schools is required to take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils. However, there may be occasions when we have reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse. We will ensure that our concerns about a child are discussed with the child’s parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
If we are significantly concerned about an incident (or a build up of incidents over time) we might make a referral to MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) for specialist advice.
If you are in any doubt about the safety of a child, immediately tell a teacher or the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) within the school. If it is an evening, weekend or holiday it is possible to report a concern of your own to MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub). Call 0345 155 1071 and give as much information as you can.
The MASH is the central resource for the Devon local Authority area receiving all serious safeguarding and child protection enquiries. The MASH is staffed with professionals from a range of agencies including police, probation, fire, ambulance, health, education and social care. These professionals share information to ensure early identification of potential significant harm, and trigger interventions to prevent further harm to children.