Safeguarding at St Newlyn East Learning Academy

At St Newlyn East we have a child-centred and co-ordinated approach to safeguarding where, at all times, our practitioners consider what is in the best interests of our pupils.  We understand that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone's responsibility.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' (DFE 2020) as:
  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children's health or development;
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Child protection refers to all of the specific processes, policies and measures that we have in place to prevent, and respond to instances where a child may be suffering, or likely to suffer from harm as a result of abuse.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents or carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
At St Newlyn East, safeguarding is led by our Headteacher Andy Watkins (Designated Safeguarding Lead) and two Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSLs) - Mrs Laura Massabo (our new Assistant Headteacher) and Mrs Jo Jones (primary DDSL).
Our Safeguarding Governor is Michelle Hague (Chair of LAB) who monitors our work in this area and supports us to ensure that our provision is constantly of the highest standards.



All visitors must complete a Visitors Pack before coming into school. On entry to the school all visitors are asked to provide ID. They will be handed our safeguarding information leaflet to read before they sign in. Visitors to the school are not allowed to use mobile phones, cameras or other devices with camera facilities in school.

There are posters with photographs of the Safeguarding Team placed around school so if visitors have any safeguarding concerns, they are able to identify who to report their concerns to. One of the administrators will always show visitors where the safeguarding office is and, where possible, introduce them to the headteacher and/or DDSLs. 

Mr Andy Watkins

Designated Safeguarding Lead

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is the person appointed to take lead responsibility for child protection issues in school.

The DSL should:
• work with the Senior Leadership Team to ensure safeguarding is at the heart of the school ethos and that all staff are supported in knowing how to recognise and respond to potential concerns.
• liaise with the head teacher or principal to keep them informed of any safeguarding of issues especially ongoing enquiries and police investigations
• as required, liaise with the local authority case manager or the designated officer at the local authority if a concern has arisen regarding a member of staff
• liaise with staff on matters of safety and safeguarding and when deciding whether to make a referral by liaising with relevant agencies
• act as a source of support, advice and expertise for staff.

Safeguarding Trainers

Emma French delivers Introduction to Child Protection and Safeguarding training to all staff in school and all staff attend a yearly update training. From September 2021, this 'Tier 2' training will be completed in staggered groups throughout the year. 


Reporting Concerns

It is the responsibility of all staff at St. Newlyn East, whatever their role, to report any concerns they may have about a student with regard to child protection and safeguarding. We use the electronic recording system “My Concern” to log all child protection and safeguarding concerns. Staff have their own individual username and password to “My Concern”. The safeguarding team are able to then track Child protection and Safeguarding concerns easily as it keeps a chronology for each child of reports and actions taken. The safeguarding team meet formally once a week to discuss concerns and daily for check-ins about concerns that may have arisen during the day.

The DSL and all the deputies receive electronic notifications when a concern is added to the system and are able to look though the chronologies and can assign actions to staff if required. We believe this is a very effective tool in collating and monitoring child protection and safeguarding.

Any concerns about staff should be reported direct to the Headteacher or the Chair of Governors (Michelle Hague), in line with the schools ‘Whistleblowing Policy’.

Mrs Laura Massabo

Assistant Head / Year 1 Teacher/Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Jo Jones

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Michelle Hague

Safeguarding and Whistleblowing Governor

Mr James Iliffe

e-safety (online) lead

If anyone has a safeguarding concern regarding a child they should contact the school DSLs or the Multi Agency Referral Unit (MARU). They can be contacted on 0300 123 1116.
Operation Encompass

St Newlyn East Learning Academy is an Operation Encompass School.

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 ensures 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. This enables us to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.

Our Key Adult is Andy Watkins. 
Jo Jones (DDSL) is also fully trained for Operation Encompass.

Other Useful Contact Numbers

South West Child Protection Procedures

Local Safeguarding Children Board Website


Emergency Services


Devon and Cornwall Police


Cornwall Children’s Social Care Multi-Agency Referral Unit (MARU)

 0300 1231 116

Cornwall Children’s Social Care - out of hours

 01208 251300

Isles of Scilly Children’s Social Care

 01720 424354

Isles of Scilly Children’s Social Care - out of hours

 01720 422699

The Government have launched a new website that will give help and advice about protecting young people and children against radicalisation and extremism. 
Please find below some links to useful websites and documents: