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Safeguarding

At The Spires College we take our responsibility for promoting the safeguarding and welfare of our students very seriously and this is evident in the following ways:

  • We ensure that full discussion of the college’s safeguarding policy is included in the induction of all new members of staff and volunteers to ensure that there is a common understanding and to maintain a safe culture at the forefront of staff consciousness;
  • All staff have child protection training as a minimum once every year.
  • Our college policy encourages all staff to raise any concerns they may have about students; the interests of the young person are paramount and take priority over professional loyalties;
  • Our staff selection and interview process will assess rigorously all candidates’ suitability and their commitment to safeguarding children;
  • There may be occasions when our concern about your child means that we have to consult other agencies before we contact you;
  • In addition to their tutors, students have pastoral support from their respective Pastoral Support Manager who is available before school, during breaks, lunchtimes and after school.  Students can also access the School Health Nurse, Sexual Health Nurse, and our college Counsellor via weekly drop-in services;
  • Under the leadership of the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Tracy French, the college has additional staff who are specifically trained in Child Protection.

If parents or carers have any concerns regarding the welfare or safeguarding of students, then any of the following staff can be contacted directly:

Role Name
Designated Safeguarding Lead Tracy French
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Theresa Bennett
Safeguarding Officer Neil Kay (Vice Principal)
Safeguarding Officer Charlotte Fisk (Pastoral Support)
Safeguarding Officer Donna Pearson (Pastoral Support)
Safeguarding Officer Amanda Evans (Head of Inclusion)

Those named above can be contacted at safeguarding@thespirescollege.com or via the main college telephone number (01803 400660). 

 

Parents may find these websites useful in gaining more information about all aspects of safeguarding children:

 

If you are concerned about the safety or welfare of your child or a child you know, you should act without delay. You can ask for advice or report your concern to:

Torbay Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub 

Telephone: 01803 208100

Email: torbay.safeguardinghub@torbay.gcsx.gov.uk

If the child is at immediate risk, please call the police on 999.

 

Please find our Safeguarding Policy below.