Safeguarding at TPS

Safeguarding & Child Protection at Totnes Progressive School

Totnes Progressive School fully recognises its responsibilities for safeguarding children. Our policy applies to all staff and volunteers working in the school. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility and as such all staff and volunteers are required, at all times, to consider what is in the best interest of the child. We maintain an attitude of ‘It could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children (those under the age of 18) is defined as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children can grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.


Internet matters has useful information on keeping mobile devices safe and setting filters on your home internet.

Here are some useful conversation starters and activities that you can do at home for discussing internet safety, social media etc with your children and here is a helpful article about what to do if your child sees something inappropriate.


Kooth provides online mental health and well being support to young people
Health for Teens is a site with lots of information and helpful numbers for a variety of issues
ThinkUKnow helps you stay safe online
The NSPCC has dedicated helplines for reporting abuse

Operation Encompass

We are an operation encompass school, meaning that we are notified if police have been called to one of our students houses due to an incident of domestic abuse. This is so that we can support our students the next day at school and we can give them the safe place they need.

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Here at TPS we want you to feel safe, secure and happy.  If you are worried about yourself, a family member of a friend, speak to us or any member of staff.  

You can also report an issue anonymously by clicking the "Report an Issue" button on the menu on this website.

Lindsay Braga (Designated Safeguarding Lead) -

Laura Manley (Head and Deputy Safeguarding Lead) -  

Dale Lockett (Director and member of the safeguarding team) -


Keeping Children Safe in Education (updated Jan 2021) 

TPS safeguarding policy


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