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South Devon College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Safeguarding can be defined as 'keeping children and vulnerable adults safe from harm, such as illness, abuse, radicalisation or injury'.

  • South Devon College will take all reasonable measures to ensure that the risks of harm to children, young people and vulnerable adults are minimised
  • When there are concerns about the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, we will take all appropriate actions to address those concerns, working to agreed local policies and procedures in full partnership with other local agencies
  • All staff are trained in Safeguarding and Prevent (counter terrorism)
  • We will promote and reinforce shared values; to create space for free and open debate; and to listen and support the learner voice. 
  • We will work to break down segregation among different student communities including by supporting inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue and understanding, and to engage all students in playing a full and active role in wider engagement in society
  • We will ensure student safety and that the College is free from bullying, harassment and discrimination 
  • To provide support for students who may be at risk and appropriate sources of advice and guidance 
  • We will ensure that students and staff are aware of their roles and responsibilities in preventing violent extremism.

Staying Safe Online

The College actively encourages safe practice online and supports Virtually Safe Torbay, who support and advise young people, parents and professionals on how to stay safe online. Further information on how to stay safer online can be found here. If you are worried about how someone is behaving towards you or someone else online, information on what to do can be found here.

If you as a learner at South Devon College have any concern about your wellbeing, safety or rights, you should talk to your tutor or a member of staff you trust, or contact one of our Positive Intervention Team below:

Safeguarding Team

Safeguarding Team (Positive intervention) Tel: 01803 540321, room 3.060

Michelle Wilson Lead Coordinator Positive Intervention and Safeguarding Lead, tel: 07595 282 528/01803 540 321

As designated Child Protection/Safeguarding Coordinator, I receive referrals of alleged or suspected abuse and neglect, and report to the relevant investigating agencies, such as the Police or Children’s Services. I provide training for staff on the college’s child protection procedures and I offer guidance and support to individual staff on safeguarding issues including issues relating to preventing extremism and radicalisation.

I arrange group sessions on emotional well-being, self-esteem and relationship skills and improve sexual health knowledge through informal learning. I can support students on a one-to-one basis or in a group setting and whatever the issue or advice needed; the positive intervention Team and I will endeavour to help any way we can.

Liz Lawrence - Senior Designated Manager, tel: 07739 171 352

Baz Kent – Behaviour Officer, tel: 07966 457010, Room 3.060

As Behaviour Officer my job role is to manage all aspects of behaviour interventions, including providing one-to-one support in promoting positive behavioural change through pastoral support. I also work with groups, dealing with many issues e.g. drugs awareness, bullying and personal safety and wellbeing workshops. I work closely with the teacher training team and deliver staff CPD (Continuous Professional Development) sessions in understanding and dealing with challenging behaviour. I liaise with outside agencies, providing support to students, thus maximising achievement and retention on our courses.

Liza Doggett– College Nurse, tel: 07809847478 / 01803 540325

As College Nurse, I perform a variety of tasks, and am available to answer any ‘medical type’ of questions; advise and monitor weight/height, blood pressures, provide a good range of sexual health services including free condoms (C-Card), Sexual health matters , advice, and will help you to arrange any family planning appointments, stop smoking advice and many other things. I cannot prescribe any medication but there are procedures in place if required. If students have any specific health needs it is helpful to meet with me to discuss.
Appointments are available between 11am and 1pm. I am in college 10am 2pm. Monday to Friday

Simone Wright, Lauren Mackenzie and Sara Johns - Positive Intervention Team, tel: 01803 540321, Room 3.060

As part of the Positive Intervention Team, we are here to provide our learners with pastoral care throughout their time at South Devon College. We will be working with learners to build self - confidence and self - esteem through one-to-one and group sessions. We will be working closely with other members of the team and other agencies in and outside of the College. We will refer students to the appropriate agency if necessary.

Additional designated safeguarding staff include:

Alex Howarth - Designated Teacher for looked after children, tel 01803 540777
Christina Vincent - Designated Safeguarding Governor
Jamie Cree-Deputy Head South Devon High School, tel: 01803 540464