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South Dartmoor
Community College

Safeguarding and Wellbeing


Key contacts 

All external agencies wishing to speak to the school regarding a young person will need to use either of the safeguarding numbers below for the Child Protection Officer and DSL.

Image of Dan Vile

Dan Vile – Assistant Head teacher/ Child Protection Officer & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

Safeguarding mobile - 07809341872

Tamara Dixon - Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Safeguarding mobile 07590775330

If you are unable to make contact, you must then call your concern through to:

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 and give as much information as you can.

Devon Children and Families Partnership

The Devon Children and Families Partnership has an Early Help strategy to protect children or young people in Devon and provide help and advice to families as soon as they need it. Early Help is about more than child protection: it is about making sure that children living in Devon are safe, happy, healthy and well-educated. Early Help co-ordinators work across Devon to ensure that those children and families needing help are receiving it from the right professionals.

Emergency Duty Team – Out of hours

Emergency Duty Team on - 0845 6000 388

For concerns related to terrorism;

  • Anti-Terrorist Hotline: 0800 789 321

  • Crime stoppers: 0800 555 111

  • (South West ) Police 101

Student Safeguarding contacts

Childline: 0800 1111 - Childline

NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

CEOP online reporting:

Mental health support—


The college has a reporting button on the college website which enables students and parents to report concerns to the college anonymously. We do encourage parents and students using the report button to give specific details of the event to facilitate a faster resolution.  The link can be found by clicking here.


More information about child protection and safeguarding can be found on the Devon Children and Families Partnership website. 

CHAT HEALTH school nurse text messaging service will be continuing through the coronavirus pandemic and that students can continue messaging their queries to us about anything they need advice or are worried about. The number is: 07520631722

Operation Encompass 

The school continues to be part of the project that runs 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.

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

Operation Encompass Safeguarding Statement (click here)


 Safeguarding & CHILD PROTECTION Team

Image of Dan Vile

Dan Vile – Assistant Head Teacher/Child Protection Officer/Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leadd (DDSL)

Safeguarding mobile - 07809341872

Tamara Dixon - Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Safeguarding mobile 07590775330

Fraser guidelines

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.

Fraser Guidelines

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 discussed with the young person. 

The Pastoral Team, including the below, make up the safeguarding team:  

Mandy Solly (7) Susie Hill (8) Payman Jaberi (9), Ross Munro (10), Nathan Cox (11) and Director of Sixth Form Abi Slater.


SAFEGUARDING, Welfare upcoming events 

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Child Protection Statement & DEVON levels of need 

We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.

The college will use the levels of need document to monitor and provide evidence in regards to safeguarding our young people. The levels of need document will be used to support discussions with parents and carers where there is a safeguarding concern. Please use the link below to understand more about how the school will take action when a concern is raised.

Devon Levels of Need

The adoption of the model provides consistency for professionals working across geographical areas.  This dynamic model provides a needs led, outcome driven matrix of need and vulnerability which, when used effectively, can match the child/young person’s needs with the appropriate assessment and provision.

attendance and welfare contacts

Attendance Officer

Max Huntley

Attendance Administrator

Tracey West

Please use the following link to access the attendance policy and the absence request from.  

Attendance Policy & Absence Request Form

First Aid team

First Aid

Parents can contact Sue Gilson/Yolanda Davey directly for any questions regarding illness, injury and administration of medication.  Tel: 01364 655315.

First Aiders (click here)

Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy 

Click here to read our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy. Paper copies are also available from reception. ​We will act to protect a child where there is a disclosure or concern about abuse. The categories of abuse recognised by social care would be neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse, domestic abuse and sexual abuse.

For additional support and advice, please use the link provided to access the Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2021 version.

Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2023 (KCSIE)

All staff at South Dartmoor have read the KCSIE part one document.

Other key safeguarding documents:

Working together to Safeguard Children 

Safeguarding & Child Protection

South Dartmoor Community are committed to child protection and safeguarding. We follow all statutory guidelines as well as our own policies and procedures.

Our core safeguarding principles are:

  • The school’s responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children is of paramount importance

  • Safer children make more successful learners

  • Policies will be reviewed at least annually unless an incident or new legislation or guidance suggests the need for an interim review.

Key SCHOOL Policies 

Please use the following link to access all key policies

Students & Parents - Where can I get help & EARLY HELP SERVICES 

Early Help

Early Help is a term used to describe the earliest intervention that a family receive in response to emerging additional needs of a family member/s. When a family’s needs increase, more than one service may be required to meet the needs. Early help is the name given to the way services work together, in a co-ordinated way to support the family.

Information for parents  Online safety

Online safety advice for parents

Most young people are accessing the Internet from a variety of devices. Safe use of the Internet is taught in our Personal Development Curriculum, Impact Days and in tutorials.   However, all adults need to be aware of safeguarding issues around the Internet. A useful source of free advice is Get Safe Online.

Please use the link below to access the most up-to-date guides for social media apps and platforms.

Online Safety Policy (click here)

Students with EMOTIONAL social, mental and HEALTH difficulties 

Mrs Hammond 

Mental Health and Wellbeing Champion

Please click on the links below for support information.

Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

CAMHS is used as a term for all services that work with children and young people who have difficulties with their emotional or behavioural wellbeing.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Kooth - Your online mental wellbeing community for support

Safeguarding/wellbeing bulletins