Safeguarding and Child Protection

Paignton Academy holds the safety, health, well-being and welfare of its students as paramount.  We are committed to safeguarding and work together to ensure that our students thrive in a safe and supportive environment, whatever their age, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual identity or gender.  All staff in the Academy are trained in Safeguarding and Child Protection issues and are kept up to date with changes in legislation and practice.  We take any allegation and suspicion of abuse seriously and will respond to them promptly.

All staff recruited to the Academy undergo a rigorous safer recruitment process in line with the Statutory Guidance outlined by Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2020 and as a consequence all of the necessary background checks, for example DBS, are completed before staff begin employment.

We have adopted the definition of Safeguarding used in the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004 and the DfE guidance document: Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 which focuses on safeguarding and promoting children, young people and vulnerable adults’ welfare.

A wealth of information and guidance, as well as links to other organisations, on the subject of child protection/safeguarding can be found on the Information page of this website by clicking on the E-Safety button, as well as under the heading E-Safety.

If you need advice about domestic violence, click here to find links to specialist organisations.

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You can access our policies by clicking this link: Policies

SWGfL Report Harmful Content

 National Documents

Please click on the relevant links to download document/s:-

Department for Education Documents:

Keeping Children Safe in Education

HM Government Documents:

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018

What to do if you are worried a child is being abused

Torbay Guidance:

Torbay Safeguarding Children Partnership

TESS and Operation Encompass

Safeguarding Team:

Mr Scott is our Designated Safeguarding Lead, should you be unable to reach Mr Scott in an emergency, please contact any of the Safeguarding Leads at Waterleat/Borough Road:

Mr Scott, Designated Safeguarding Lead

Tel: 01803 403005 – Waterleat Road


Mrs Mountford, Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Tel: 01803 403005 – Waterleat Road

Miss Sarah Hine, Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Tel: 01803 403003 – Borough Road


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