Safeguarding, Child Protection, Inclusion & Well-being

Safeguarding at TCS is considered everyone’s responsibility and as such our school aims to create the safest environment within which every pupil has the opportunity to achieve their Five Outcomes. TCS recognises the contribution it can make in ensuring that all pupils registered or who use our school feel that they will be listened to and appropriate action taken. We will do this by working in partnership with other agencies and seeking to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers and other colleagues to develop and provide activities and opportunities throughout our curriculum that will help to equip our children with the skills they need. This will include materials and learning experiences that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills and protective behaviours.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection and Safeguarding policy. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL),or if unavailable, other members of the safeguarding team.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

The Devon Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) can be contacted on 0345 155 1071 or emergency out of hours on 0845 6000 388, email mashsecure@devon.gov.uk

We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.

Our School Governor with a safeguarding responsibility is Louise Dowler.

All members of the safeguarding team can be contacted via the school office.

For more information about Safeguarding at TCS Mill Lane, please email claire.fleming@teignmouthschool.co.uk

Our trust Child Protection and Safeguarding policy can be found by clicking here.