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South Dartmoor
Community College

Safeguarding and Wellbeing


Please use the following contact details if you have a safeguarding concern regarding your son/daughter or are concerned about another young person. 

All external agencies wishing to speak to the College regarding a young person will need to use either of the safeguarding numbers below for the DSL and DDSL.

Image of Dan Vile

Dan Vile – Child Protection Officer (DDSL)

Safeguarding mobile - 07809341872

Caleb Stevens 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.

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

NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

CEOP online reporting:

Mental health support—

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


online safety advice for parents

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

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  

Assistant Head Teacher

Child Protection Officer and DDSL


Garry Murphy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

           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. 

Lower School Team

The Heads of Year

Left to right - Mike Slater - Head of Y9, Jamie Morrison-Hill - Head of Y10, Amy Matthews - Head of Y7, Adam Fox - Head of Y11, Charlotte Avery-Wright - Head of Y8

Sixth Form Team


Neil Whitelaw                                          

 Head of Y12 & 13

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

SAFEGUARDING Notice board messages  


Child Protection Statement& DEVON THRESHOLD TOOL 

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 threshold tool to monitor and provide evidence in regards to safeguarding our young people. The threshold 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 College will take action when a concern is raised.

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.


Designated Safeguarding Officers at South Dartmoor 


Dan Vile
Child Protection Officer

Operation Encompass Key Adult   

Garry Murphy

Designated Safeguarding Lead



Sarah Huddleston
Designated Safeguarding Governor


Additional support staff for parents to contact 

Tracey West
Assistant Head of Y9 & 10

Payman Jaberi

Assistant Head of Y11, 12 & 13


Rebecca Purdy

Assistant Head of Y7 & 8




Medical Officer


Shell Hammond
Early Help for Mental Health Champion


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 Services 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 2020 version.

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 Update - September 2021

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

Working together to Safeguard Children 2018

Safeguarding & Child Protection

South Dartmoor Community College is 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.

 Ofsted Inspection Reports

Editions 2017

Please click here to view the new advice for schools regarding Child Sexual Exploitation. The advice from the Department of Education is non-statutory, and has been produced to help practitioners, local leaders and decision makers who work with children and families to identify child sexual exploitation and take appropriate action in response. This includes the management, disruption and prosecution of perpetrators.

This advice replaces the 2009 guidance Safeguarding children and young people from sexual exploitation. 


Please use the link below to access the key policies.

Safeguarding reporting 

Dan Vile – Child Protection Officer and DDSL

College - 01364 352230 Safeguarding mobile - 07809341872

Garry Murphy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Safeguarding mobile 07590775330

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

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

Also a reminder to all parents that 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. 

Devon Children and Families Partnership

MASH is a partnership between Devon County Council children’s social care, education and youth services; Devon NHS health services; Devon and Cornwall Police; and the Probation Service working together to safeguard children and young people. When a professional, family member or member of the public is concerned about a child or young person’s safety, they can contact MASH. They deal with all enquiries/referrals where there is a child protection concern. ​You can find out more about what the organisation does and how to contact them in this information sheet for parents If you have serious concerns about a child or young person, or if you need help parenting your child, you can call 0345 155 1071 or email: (Out of hours, please call 0845 6000 388. If it's an emergency, dial 999).

New MASH enquiry form - January 2019 - Please click here

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.

If you feel that your family would benefit from Early Help, please contact a Designated Safeguarding Lead at the College.

Safeguarding report links below;

About ChildLine

ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. ChildLine counsellors are trained staff and volunteers who all have experience of listening and talking to children and young people.

About Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)

We help children stay safe online. Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? It may be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up. You can report it to us below.

Please click on the images below to access the websites.



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.

Please click to view the Early Help leaflet

Please click here to view the student support poster

Attendance Matters - Advice leaflet for parents

Information for parents 

Online safety

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.

Get Safe Online-Free expert advice

E-safety - Engaging Parents, Free Factsheet

Medical & First Aid

Parents can contact Sue Brown directly for any questions regarding illness, injury and administration of  medication.

Contact Form

South Dartmoor Safeguarding Newsletters 


Students with social, mental and physical difficulties 

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

Transgender one minute guide for teachers and parents

One minute guide