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 2018 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 adult’s 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 and also under the label E-Safety. You can access national documents we use by clicking this link: National Documents and our policies by clicking this link: Policies 

Mark Williams, Assistant Head of School, is our Designated Safeguarding Officer.  Please contact him at the Waterleat Road Centre if you have any enquiries or concerns.

Tel: 01803 403005


Should you be unable to reach Mark in an emergency, please contact one of the two Deputy Safeguarding leads at Waterleat/Borough Road:


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Debra Mountford

Tel: 01803 403005 – Waterleat Road





Cathy Ryan

Tel: 01803 403003 – Borough Road


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