Safeguarding Policies

Our Safeguarding misson:


At Brixham College we are committed to safeguarding children and young people and we expect everyone who works in our school to share this commitment.

Adults in our school take all welfare concerns seriously and encourage children and young people to talk to us about anything that worries them.

We will always act in the best interest of the child. We believe that;


  • The welfare of the child is paramount
  • All children, regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection
  • All staff have an equal responsibility to act on any suspicion or disclosure that may suggest a child is at risk of harm
  • Students and staff involved in child protection issues will receive appropriate support.



The College has a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) with responsibility for child protection who is currently Richard Burden, Vice Principal. This is the person with whom you should normally discuss any concerns or allegations and he should be able to offer appropriate advice and refer to other agencies as necessary.


The Deputy Designated Lead is Raurie Newton, Student Support Services Manager

All staff are aware of the referral process as contained in The Child’s Journey be able to react independently if needs must.

In addition, the Torbay Education Safeguarding Service (TESS) can provide advice and guidance on safeguarding and child protection matters.

Sarah James – Education Senior Practitioner  07525 815441


Key Staff

Designated Safeguarding Lead / Child Protection Officer –    Richard Burden

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PA to DSL –                                                                                     Patricia Renshaw

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead –                                    Raurie Newton

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Principal –                                                                                          Mark Eager

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Nominated Safeguarding Governor –                                           Andy Wilson

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Chair of Governors –                                                                        Anthony Prowse

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Level 3 trained staff:

  • Mark Eager – Principal
  • Richard Burden – Vice Principal (DSL)
  • Raurie Newton  – (Assistant DSL)
  • Kara Bridgeman – Vice Principal
  • Tracey Hale – Senior Assistant Principal
  • Lizzie Aston – Assistant Principal
  • John Townsend – Assistant Principal
  • Josie Carter – Attendance Officer
  • Paul Birchall – Head of Year


Brixham Safeguarding Group (BSCG)

The College has a Brixham College Safeguarding Group (BCSG) that meets every half-term to review safeguarding strategy.  The groups function is to consider lessons to be learnt from internal practice and consideration of external case studies.  The minutes of the group are shared with all Governors and are a standing item on all Governor meetings.  Representatives of the group are from key areas of the College and members are identified by the RED LANYARD. (Please see Appendix 2)

  • Chair – Richard Burden (DSL)
  • Mark Eager – Principal
  • Kara Bridgeman – Vice Principal (i/c behaviour)
  • Andy Wilson – Governor
  • Julie Chubb – HR & Premises
  • Dan Bunce – ICT
  • Jeanne Marcham – PSHEE
  • Sam Squires, Darren Whittington, Mark Tippett, Paul Birchall, Lisa Redfern (by rotation) – Heads of Year
  • Lizzie Aston – SEND issues
  • Raurie Newton – Student Support Services Manager
  • Hayley Cotton – Sixth Form

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

explains how the College responds to allegations of abuse or suspicions that abuse has occurred.

Online-Safety Policy

explains how the College aims to keep young people safe when using electronic and digital devices. It also gives guidance on how the College responds to incidents of misuse of online services.

Behaviour Policy

describes expected and unacceptable behaviour of College students, and how the College manages behaviour.

Physical Contact with Children and Young People clarifies when physical contact with students by staff is acceptable and when the use of physical force may be necessary.


Code of Conduct for Teaching Staff, Support Staff and Volunteers clarifies, with examples, what is expected of adults working in the College in terms of professional behaviour.


Allegations of Abuse Made against Teachers and Other Staff, based on the DfE’s statutory guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2016, explains the procedures the College takes if an allegation of abuse is made against an adult working at the College.


Whistleblowing Policy provides a clear procedure for employees to raise concerns about malpractice or wrongdoing at the College confidentially.


Disciplinary Policy explains when disciplinary action may be taken against a member of staff and the procedures for conducting disciplinary proceedings.

Complaints Policy

outlines procedures for parents, students and anyone else to raise concerns, criticisms and complaints about the College.

If you wish to receive copies of any of these policies, discuss them, or make suggestions for their improvement, please contact Mr Richard Burden, Designated Safeguarding Lead:

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