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Pathfield School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its pupils. We are fully committed to ensure that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support our pupils, their families and staff at school.

When recruiting, we ensure we follow our Recruitment & Selection Policy which endorses and supports the mandatory guidance in ‘Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education’. We ensure ALL our staff undergo regular safeguarding training- and that they are fully aware of who the school’s Designated Child Protection Officers’ are and how they go about raising any concerns.

More information is available from our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.

Below are some documents that you can download in relation to Safeguarding.

Keeping children safe in education

What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused

Working together to safeguard children

Below are two websites that provide more information regarding Safeguarding.

Devon Safeguarding Children Board

Devon Education and Families



All our staff will:

Report: Child Protection concerns, including social & emotional aspects, health & safety, security issues, bullying, racism & discrimination concerns.

Keep the pupils and themselves safe by: following agreed policies such as physical intervention, intimate care, health & safety, risk assessing educational visits & trips and practising Internet safety.

Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team: and know who can provide first aid and meet the medical needs of pupils.

All school-based staff undertake Disclosure Barring Service checks (DBS) specifically linked to their eligibility to work in a structured, supervised and monitored day school setting.  These DBS checks DO NOT cover any work undertaken outside of school.  Parents/Carers must independently check that enablers have appropriate insurance and risk assessments in place.

Promoting safeguarding and child protection is fundamental at Pathfield School – our safeguarding officers ensure that all staff are kept up-to-date with safeguarding training and that they undertake risk assessments and explore strategies for keeping everyone safe.

Who are our Safeguarding Officers?

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Adam James 
Child Protection
Senior Officer
Stuart Allman
Child Protection
Deputy Officer
Vanessa Billing
Child Protection
Penny Bacon
Child Protection
Deputy Officer
Karen Goodwill
Child Protection
Deputy Officer
Pauline Bithell
Child Protection
Deputy Officer
Nathan Gosling
Child Protection
Deputy Officer