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South Dartmoor
Community College

Child Protection and Safeguarding

NEW Safeguarding Alerts

CALL TO ACTION - Bladed articles being carried by young people in Newton Abbot

Recently within the town centre of Newton Abbot and surrounds, there appears to be a spike in a minority of young people carrying bladed articles on their person and associated anti-social behaviour with large groups of young people who may be found intimidating.

With this in mind our local Sector Inspector can and has authorised certain legislative powers to deter this behaviour via a dispersal order which can be exercised by local PCSO’S and Police Officers, coupled with issuing anti-social escalation warning letters to offenders create awareness with their responsible adults.

Please use the link to read more ...........

Image result for Devon county bus                   Bus Travel  ‘NO PASS, NO TRAVEL’                                                                        

Dear Parents/Guardians

 We, as a school, have had concerns expressed from one of our bus operators. They are experiencing a high number of complaints from parents/guardians when their child has been left at the bus stop due to not presenting a valid pass. There is an ongoing problem with students forgetting their pass, or using out of date bus passes. Students will not be allowed to travel on the bus if they do not have a valid bus pass. Please can we ask for your support in ensuring that your child has a valid bus pass at all times. The College want to avoid any student being left in a vulnerable and potentially unsafe situation due to invalid pass passes. All of the bus operators are governed by Devon County Council and their policy is ‘NO PASS, NO TRAVEL’.

 Should your child require a temporary bus pass, they must go to Student Reception before lunch time and ask for this and it will be ready for collection at the end of the day. Please make sure that a replacement is ordered by yourself from Devon County Council.

 Many thanks for your continued support.

Operation Encompass

In every force, in every school, for every child

Dear Parents and Guardians

The school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Devon and Cornwall Police and is currently running throughout the UK.

Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.

Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.

We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our students and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved. Safeguarding is at the heart of everything we do at the College, and our participation in Operation Encompass will further help safeguard our students.

Any further information or advice can be obtained by accessing the website:

Please don’t hesitate to contact the College if you have any questions regarding the Nationwide initiative.


 Safeguarding & CHILD PROTECTION Team


Dan Vile   

Deputy Principal

Designated Safeguaridng Lead  

             “Learning Together through Quality First Teaching, Personal Responsibility and Ensuring Progress for All


A child's legal rights Gillick competency and Fraser guidelines

When we are trying to decide whether a child is mature enough to make decisions, people often talk about whether a child is 'Gillick competent' or whether they meet the 'Fraser guidelines'.

The Gillick competency and Fraser guidelines help us all to balance children’s rights and wishes with our responsibility to keep children safe from harm.

At South Dartmoor we will always strive to inform parents when their son/daughter is receiving or accessing medical and/or external agency support. This decision will always be disucssed with the young person.


Chris Hodges

Deputy Safeguaridng Lead

Lower School Team


The Performance Leaders

Left to right - Mike Slater - Bel Tor, Jamie Morrison-Hill - Fox Tor, Dave Ray - Hay Tor, Phil Roberts - Hound Tor, Amy Matthews - Rippon Tor


Sixth Form Team


       Kirsty Matthews                         Adam Fox                                      Neil Whitelaw

Director of Sixth Form              Deputy Head of Sixth Form        Deputy Head of Sixth Form


All of the safeguaridng team above have completed their Level 3 safeguarding training. All Level 3 trainied staff will be wearing RED ID badges. 

SAFEGUARDING Notice board messages  

Item 1

Encouraging better mental health - Year 7 pilot to start January 2018.

Item 2

Operation Encompass is the early reporting on to schools that a child or young person has been exposed to domestic abuse. Start date: Monday 27th November.

In every force, in every school, for every child

Any further information or advice can be obtained by accessing the website:

Item 3

Year 7 Safeguarding Survey November 2017