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Keeping our children safe is our key priority. We have many elements to our Safeguarding support and procedures.

You can find information about our approach to safeguarding as a Trust and our policies at: 


Our Level 3 safeguarding trained staff at Westcliff are as follows:

Mr Lewis Webb - Safeguarding Lead

Miss Penny Rundle

Mrs Linda Hodder

Mrs Helen Davis

Mrs Vicky Watts

Mrs Kate Collins

Miss Sophie Warren


If you have any concerns about the safety of your child, yourself or another child please come to see a member of staff listed above. 

Our Safeguarding and Family Support Lead is Mrs Hodder. She is available each day to offer support to families and children. Please call the school office on 01626 862444 if you would like to make an appointment. She is able to offer support with behaviour at home, sleep concerns, anxiety, help to complete paperwork, signposting to outside agencies and much more! 


Mrs Hodder also has drop in sessions available every Monday and Friday morning if you are unable to call ahead.


We run monthly coffee mornings with Mrs Hodder and guest visitors to offer additional support. This is sometimes teachers, our SENCo, the school nurse and many other helpful people. Check out our facebook page, the newsletter or on the school window for the next date and come along for some friendly support and a cuppa ☕️ 

          0345 155 1071

Devon's multi agency safeguarding hub is called MASH and its website has lots of advice if you are concerned about a child:

CAP UK (Child Assault Prevention Project) is a community project in Devon that brings parents/carers, school staff and children together to understand how to effectively reduce children’s vulnerability to child abuse and build safer communities for children.


What is Early Help?

Early Help means taking action to support a child, young person or their family early in the life of a problem, as soon as it emerges. It can be required at any stage in a child's life from pre-birth to adulthood, and applies to any problem or need that the family cannot deal with or meet on their own.


Our school is part of a project that runs jointly between schools and Devon and Cornwall Police


Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.


Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.

We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.

County Lines

County lines is when criminals from major cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, London and Birmingham expand their drug networks to other areas of the country. This activity brings violence, exploitation and abuse to rural communities. ... County line networks are having a massive impact on rural counties.