Safeguarding of Children

Safeguarding of Pupils
We take the safeguarding of all children very seriously at Tavistock Community Primary & Nursery School and have put in place many measures to ensure the safety of our children as well as offering support to families that need extra help.
Link to Devon Safeguarding Board 
Please see the School Policies section for more details.
Safeguarding Statement
Tavistock Community Primary and Nursery School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, governors, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.


We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.


We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware that they should talk to adults if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). 


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 his/her parents or carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare. 


We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.  


Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Lynnette Selbie (Headteacher). Our Deputy DSL is Mrs Laura Handel (Deputy Headteacher).

Other Level 3 Safeguarding Officers are Mrs Sue Gawman (School Business Manager), Mrs Fiona Arundel (Administrator), Mrs Caroline Smith (SENDCo).

Useful Websites & Information:
The websites below provide useful information to help you teach and support your child when using the internet.
ParentZone  -
Think u Know -
Operation Encompass
We have joined a project to support children who are exposed to domestic abuse, 'Operation Encompass', this involves the Devon and Cornwall Police Force sharing information with us.  Please see the letter below for more details.