You can contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead on 07791 683523
What we do
There is a dedicated team of staff at Okehampton College who have extra training to deal with safeguarding and welfare, it is also part of every member of staff’s duty as well. All staff here have training every year to support them to support students with their safeguarding and welfare. Where things are going wrong for a child then we work hard with families and other agencies to improve things for that child. We also focus on educating students about how to keep themselves safe, and hold assemblies on different aspects of safety at least once a term. This year students have had assemblies on Online Safety and Exploitation and Radicalisation. We also have outside speakers and theatre companies who come and deliver to students on a range of topics, the most recent being a focus on County Lines for Year 9 students. We can offer or signpost extra support for students who are young carers, who have experienced trauma or bereavement or who are in Care. We can also support families through the ‘Early Help’ framework, where additional services or support are required.
What you can do
Encourage your child to talk to you about things that worry them as part of your normal family routine. Monitor their use of the internet and social media. Report things that concern you – all social media sites have a reporting option. Encourage healthy sleeping, eating and exercise routines. Take your child to the GP if you have concerns over mental health as well as physical health. Seek advice online – there are lots of really helpful websites that tackle many of the common issues that pre-teen and teenagers go through. Visit the college’s website – you will find our Safeguarding Policy plus other useful information on our website.
Who you can contact in school
Your first point of contact is your child’s tutor then Student Progress Leader. If you are unsure who your child’s Student Progress Leader is, then please contact the college or ask your child. If you have concerns about the safeguarding of your child or another young person then please contact one of the Safeguarding Team on 01837 650910
Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mrs Charlie Edwards
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads - Mr Ian Strawbridge
Child Protection Officers – Mrs Kelly Hoggins, Mrs Dawn Weir, Mrs Jo Teixeira, Mr Sean Freeman, Mr Neil Sproats (Post 16), Mr Dan Rossiter, Mrs Antje Derks, Mrs Kate Carruthers. In an emergency anyone can contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0345 155 1071 or the police on 101 or 999.