Safeguarding and Child Protection
Axe Beacon Federation is 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’ – September 2018).
further information about safeguarding in Devon can be found at:
Our Child Protection Policy clearly sets out how we deal with concerns as a school. A link to the schools policies can be found on this page as well as on the “Policies” page on the Parents tab.
Further information about child Protection nationally, can be accessed at:
School Safeguarding Team
As a federation, our schools work together to ensure that our procedures are effective and robust in all our schools. Each of our schools have a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) who meets regularly with other leaders from across the federation.
Further information on the individual school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) and their deputies can be found on each school website.
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 his/her parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
If we are signficantly 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.