Child Protection statement

West Exe School has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of students under the Education Act 2002. They should create and maintain a safe learning environment for children and young people, and identify where there are child welfare concerns and take action to address them, in partnership with other organisations where appropriate. The school’s responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children is of paramount importance. Our policy and annexes will be reviewed annually, unless an incident or new legislation or guidance suggests the need for an interim review.

The Devon Safeguarding Board website has further information for parents, children and those working with them, and can be found at


Our core Safeguarding Principles are:

  • Welfare of the child is paramount.
  • All children, regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection.
  • All staff have an equal responsibility to act on any suspicion or disclosure that may suggest a child is at risk of harm.
  • Students and staff involved in child protection issues will receive appropriate support.


Child Protection and safeguarding procedures apply to all staff, volunteers and governors and any adult visiting the school site and are consistent with those of the local safeguarding children board (LSCB). Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children.


Our Senior Designated Leads for Child Protection are:
Mr Tim Rutherford – Headteacher
Mr Simon Weir – Senior Deputy Head Teacher
Miss Joanne O’Neill – Safeguarding Lead

We also have a number of staff who are trained at level 3:

Mr Steve Brown – Pastoral Support Manager KS3

Mrs Jessica Baker – Pastoral Support Manager KS4

Mrs Vicky Joslin – SEND Team

Mrs Sue Willey- SEND Team

Mrs Karen Mellish – Deputy Head & SENDCo

Mr Alex Kirkbride – Assistant Head

Allan Hart – safeguarding Governor


Important Safeguarding Documents and Links

Child Protection Policy

For advice and support outside of school hours

Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE)

Bullying & Cyberbullying


Mental Health


Self harm


Social Media

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