At Bideford College we recognise our statutory and moral responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all students.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play and Bideford College expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We endeavour to provide a safe environment where children are respected and valued. All staff are trained to the appropriate level in safeguarding and training is repeated at set intervals to ensure that new staff are fully aware of their safeguarding responsibilities. Staff in the pastoral team have enhanced safeguarding training. As and when new safeguarding concerns arise, additional training is delivered in these areas.
College Safeguarding Team
Mrs Averill Jewell – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone – 01237 477611
Mrs Rachel Vowles – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Email: email@example.com Phone – 01237 477611
Mrs Kaye French – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone – 01237 477611
Mrs Karla Giles – Safeguarding Officer
Email: email@example.com Phone 01237 477611 Ext. 1522
Mrs Sheila Bloomfield – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Gilly Sanders – email@example.com
Safeguarding Advice for Parents
The Devon Safeguarding Children Board is a very useful website. It has sections for staff, parents and young people to easily access a whole range of reports, documents and information regarding safeguarding.
Child protection – worried about a child’s safety?
If you are concerned about a child or young person in Devon and want to speak to someone you can contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0345 155 1071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and give as much information as you can.
If a child is at immediate risk contact the police on 999.
Devon Children and Families Partnership (DCFP)
If you want to find out more about recognising the warning signs of child abuse, finding support and keeping children safe and healthy, the Devon Children and Families Partnership (DCFP) provides clear and useful information, as well as signposting to other resources.
The following organisations can also offer advice and information if you are concerned about a child:
- REACH– Devon-based service supporting young people who either run away or who may be at risk of, or experiencing child sexual exploitation (CSE)
The landscape in which our young people are growing up in is vastly different from anything that has gone before. Whilst some safeguarding issues are those where advice and guidance and action are tried and tested there are some issues emerging due to the development of the internet; online bullying, grooming, sexting, radicalisation and inappropriate use of social media networks. It is sometimes difficult for parents to know where to go in these instances.
Please find below various resources that we feel may be valuable to parents.
An education program from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. It in underpinned by the latest intelligence about child sex offending from CEOP Command. It contains sections with advice, guidance and practical strategies for all age groups including parents and professionals.
CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency and is the website where anyone can report concerns they have over any online communication. Child protection advisors will work quickly to identify the perceived or actual risk and find ways to help keep the young person safe.
UK Safer Internet Centre
This website contains the most up to date and relevant advice and guidance for parents and carers. There is an advice centre, a hotline for parents and lots of tips and resources to help keep your child safe online.
It can be hard to know how to talk to your child about online safety. From setting up parental controls to advice on sexting, online games and video apps, this website can help you to understand the risks and keep your child safe.
National Online Safety
This website provides up to the minute advice on guidance on all the latest apps, games and social media networks. The guides are easy to read, informative and provide parents with tips about how their children can use these safely. You do need to create an account to download the guides but they are free.
If you are concerned that any family member, friend or loved one is being radicalised, you can call the police or 101 to get advice or make a Prevent referral, so that they can get safeguarding support. Support is tailored to the individual’s needs and works in a similar way to safeguarding processes designed to protect people from gangs, drug abuse and physical and sexual exploitation. Receiving support through Prevent is voluntary, confidential and not any form of criminal sanction. If you need further help, you can also contact your local authority safeguarding team.
The websites below are useful to access if you have any concerns around this issue.
Educate Against Hate Parents’ Hub provides resources and government advice for parents and carers on keeping young people safe from extremism, including online.
Let’s Talk About It provides support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation.