Safeguarding each and every child is extremely important to us. All our staff are trained on how to spot signs of concern and they know how important their role is in protecting children and young people from harm.
Our Safeguarding Leads.
Mrs E Barrett Mrs S Evans
Mrs S Smith Mrs L Lancaster Miss A Elliot Mr P Grafton
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs S Evans.
The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Emma Barrett.
Safeguarding Officers are Mr Simon Smith, Mr Peter Grafton, Miss Alice Elliott and Mrs Liz Lancaster.
All Child Protection staff can be contacted via the school office: 01752 891795
The Local Authority Designated Officers are Carola Salvadori and Jane Parmenter. They can be contacted via the LADO Secure Mailbox (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you have concerns regarding a child, you can call either Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub or Plymouth Gateway on the below numbers.
MASH- Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub
(For concerns regarding a pupil living in the Devon catchment.)
The Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is the central resource for the whole of Devon receiving all safeguarding and child protection enquiries.
If you are worried about a child or young person in Devon and want to speak to someone, or if you are a child or young person worried about your own safety please contact the MASH on 0345 155 1071 or email email@example.com and give as much information as you can
(For concerns regarding a pupil living in the Plymouth catchment.)
The Gateway is the central resource for the whole of Plymouth receiving all safeguarding and child protection enquiries.
If you are worried about a child or young person in Plymouth and want to speak to someone, or if you are a child or young person worried about your own safety please contact the Gateway on 01752 668000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and give as much information as you can.
Remember these three important messages:
We follow a clear set of procedures when concerns arise and deal with matters sensitively.
All staff receive appropriate training at regular intervals. We have excellent recruitment procedures; every member of staff has full checks as do visitors, regular volunteers, supply teachers and governors. We have policies and practices that focus on ensuring the health and well-being of the children.
We have ways of monitoring and responding to incidents of concern, for example: unexplained absences, difficult behaviour and significant changes in physical or emotional appearance. The ethos of the school is open so that staff, parents and children feel able to share concerns. Parents who volunteer on a regular basis (at least once a week) will be asked to undertake full DBS checks.
Use of Images (School)
When your child starts Sherford Vale School and for the duration of their education here, parents/carers will be ask to complete a permission form to allow images of your child to be published by the school on the school's website or in press releases. If you would like to change your parental preference then please contact the school office.
Use of Cameras and Digital Images (Parents/Carers) - 'THINK BEFORE WE POST'
At Sherford Vale School, we are happy for parents and carers to take photos and videos at school events for personal use but please could we remind you that these images must not be distributed or put online unless they are only of your own children. This is to protect and safeguard all members of the community.
The Data Protection Act does not stop parents from taking images or videos at school events but you would breach it if you did not have the consent from other parents whose children might be captured in those photos or videos.
How can parents help with keeping children safe?
Victim Care Unit – 01392 475900
First Light (Safer Futures) – 0300 777 4777
Devon Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0345 155 1074
Cornwall Domestic Abuse 24hr Helpline - 01872 225629
Women’s Aid – 0808 2000247
Male Domestic Violence Advice Line - 0800 3283623
Galop - DV Advice for Lesbian, Gay, Bi Sexual and Transgender - 0800 5875247
National Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0808 2000247
In an emergency, always dial 999.
SPLITZ - https://www.splitz.org/
Boots safe spaces - https://www.boots-uk.com/our-stories/boots-pharmacy-consultation-rooms-become-safe-spaces-for-victims-of-domestic-abuse/.
Reporting a Concern Regarding a Child
If you are worried or concerned about a child, you can also report this through the NSPCC website. If you have concerns about a child's safety and wellbeing, including a child in your family, you can use this form to tell the NSPCC helpline. An advisors will read it within 24 hours and decide what action needs to be taken.
The childline number for children is: 0800 1111
The Parent line is: 0808 800 5000
DEVON FAMILY ADVICE LINE
A new phone advice line for parents and carers across Devon launched on Monday 1 June. The number for the new service is 01392 949059 and it will be manned from 10 – 2pm Monday to Friday. People will be able to leave a message outside of these hours, or when the operators are all busy.
It will offer advice on a specific issue around their children and their family relationships, including any communication issues or conflict they are having with their partners or co-parents of their children. It is not meant to be a replacement for more targeted work, but just a way to offer people a place to be heard and a few tips on how to deal with a particular situation or to signpost them to an organisation which may be able to help them.