What is Safeguarding ?

Safeguarding is about keeping children and young people safe from abuse or neglect.



Child Abuse consists of anything which individuals, institutions or processes do, or fail to do, which directly or indirectly harms children or damages their prospects of safe and healthy development into adulthood.


Categories of abuse:


  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Emotional Abuse


Domestic Abuse is considered a sub-category of the above areas.


Information about specific issues, such as safety on-line (e-safety) and radicalisation can be obtained by downloading our policy.


All those who come into contact with children and families in their everyday work, including people who do not have a specific role in relation to child protection, have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.


We have appointed key members of staff who have overall responsibility for safeguarding:

Contact Information

Designated Members of Staff with responsibility for Safeguarding at Bradworthy Academy are:

Richard Stephenson (Headteacher) – Becki Turner (Deputy Headteacher).

In their absence responsibility falls to Ellie Disney (Senior Teacher). 


If you are concerned about a child’s safety you can contact us in person in school, or by telephone on 01409 241365.

Alternatively you can e-mail us at:


Our appointed governor for child protection is Kate Cleave.


Devon County Council operate a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) which can be contacted for advice, or with concerns, by telephone on 0345 1551071, or by e-mail at


If a child is at immediate risk contact the police on 999.


'Operation Encompass'


The school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Devon and Cornwall Police


Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has 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 pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.


Bradworthy Academy


At Bradworthy Primary Academy we understand that promoting the welfare of all the children who live and learn within our community means ensuring that we create every opportunity for our children to grow, develop and achieve to their own potential whilst being protected from harmful influences and actions either on the part of others or themselves.



In doing this we help our children develop into “fully rounded”, confident and independent people who are able to maximise their own life chances.


We seek to promote the welfare of, and effectively safeguard, the children in our care by:


  • valuing all our pupils as individuals
  • listening to our pupils and their views and allowing them the space to express themselves
  • respecting our pupils as individuals and promoting their individuality within our school community
  • involving pupils and consulting with them in decisions about things which affect them
  • ensuring adherence to school policies on confidentiality and protection of personal information
  • making sure all Governors, staff, visitors, and anyone else who is involved in the day to day life of our school, are aware of and committed to the safeguarding policy and child protection procedures
  • recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
  • adopting a code of conduct for all staff and visitors to school which includes e-safety and the use of mobile phones etc.



The security and appropriatness of content available through school equipment is controlled through subscription with South West Grid for Learnin

Despite this filtering we are all required to monitor this area and report and issues or concerns immediately .


What Happens if We Feel that there is a Safeguarding Issue ?


As a school we are required to share information about concerns and pupil welfare issues with external agencies on a need to know basis.


Should a child makes a disclosure we will contact the appropriate agencies. If we feel that a child may be put at further risk if adults are informed we will do this without reference to others.


Where allegations concern members of staff these will be dealt with in accordance with our child protection procedures.



Additional Information


If you would like more information please feel free to get in touch with us in school.


Additionally we you can download the following information, or follow these links, if you want to find out more.

Safeguarding Policy - 2023/24