See our Child Protection Policy on our Policies page›

At SMCC we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice. On this page you will find links to our safeguarding policies and useful links for online safety.

For more information about these links and the information they contain, please contact us.

School Safeguarding Team

Mr Simon Walker – Senior Designated Officer. Phone: 01769 572129

Mrs L Skinner – Deputy DSL, SAMHO & Safeguarding Officer

Mr C Orr – Safeguarding Officer.

Mr D Lewis – Safeguarding Officer

Mrs E Hearn – Safeguarding Officer .

Mrs H Twyble – Safeguarding Officer .

Mrs T Evans – Safeguarding

Mrs R Williams – Safeguarding Officer

Mr P Blacker  – Safeguarding Officer
Mrs S Kiff  –  Safeguarding Officer
Mrs D Sauerzapf  –  Safeguarding Officer
Miss S Seatherton –  Safeguarding Officer
Mrs R Horsnell  –  Safeguarding Officer
Mrs F Passmore  Safeguarding Officer

Online Safety Advice and Links for Parents

Safeguarding in schools is nothing new, but the risks are changing. Young people are rarely seen without a smartphone or tablet in their hand – sharing images, watching videos, posting on social networking sites, or exploring the internet. As young people spend more time online and become more confident online users, the potential threats, from grooming and sexting to online bullying and radicalisation, inevitability increase. To help you as parents/carers we have collated various information and resources that we feel are of great value.

There are many websites available which offer advice to parents / carers which will aid them to keep their children safe online, some useful links are listed below:

Keeping you safe online. Here you will find some great resources, information and advice about using the internet safely. Sections include Social media safety, Abuse Reporting systems, Knowledge hubs, Social media guides, Advice on online issues and more.

Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. Since 2006, Thinkuknow has been keeping children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. Thinkuknow is unique. It is underpinned by the latest intelligence about child sex offending from CEOP Command. Thinkuknow aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.

The NCA’s CEOP Command is here to help children and young people. We are here to help if you are a young person and you or your friend (up to age 18) has been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online, or in the real world. We also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking. Visit our Safety Centre for advice and to report directly to CEOP, by clicking on the Click CEOP button.

 Childnet’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. We work directly with children and young people from the ages of 3 to 18 on a weekly basis, as well as parents, carers, teachers and professionals, finding out about their real experiences online, and the positive things they are doing as well as sharing safety advice.

The Devon Safeguarding Children Board website contains a wealth of information for anyone in Devon who has responsibility for safeguarding children; including parents, carers, teachers, doctors and volunteers.

There are dedicated sections for children and young people, workers and volunteers and parents and carers that aim to supply information on key issues. The website also has a library where you can download important documents and reports.

 IWF is an organisation working with the internet industry, police and Government. The IWF was established in 1996 by the internet industry to provide the UK internet Hotline for the public and IT professionals to report criminal online content in a secure and confidential way.

 Talk to Frank is a friendly, confidential service offering information and advice to anybody concerned about drugs and substance misuse.  Can address health concerns about any drugs – legal or illegal.  Provides information about local services and support groups and national drug resources. Literature available and there is a lot of information on the website including what to do in an emergency.

Family Action Digital Parenting Support Service – The service was launched to support parents and carers through email, text or telephone. It can offer people signposting and counselling as well as a befriending service if required. It is a free national service. The service aims to; Help parents and carers manage the challenges of parenthood ‘virtually’ via telephone, text message and email, Provide immediate support for parents and carers in need, Provide longer term, regular one-to-one befriending support to parents feeling isolated, Help parents with practical information, guidance and support, Provide emotional and listening support to help parents and carers, Help parents and carers understand and access relevant services and information. To find out more telephone: 0808 802 0222 or Text message: 07537 404 282 or email: or
Being a parent or carer to a child or young person can often be difficult without emotional support and guidance there to help. Many parents feel confused by what information is available or struggle to access services close to home. Our new Digital Parent Support Service tackles these issues in a new and innovative way by using …

Advice for parents and carers on cyber-bullying
At South Molton Community College, we take the issue of bullying very seriously. Students and parents or carers can talk to any member of staff about their concern and we will endeavour to deal with the issue and support the child. Find below a link to a useful guidance document produced by the Department of Education on how to protect your child from cyber bullying and how to tackle it if it does happen.

Advice for parents on Cyber-bullying

Run, Ride, Tell

We support @TerrorismPolice campaign helping young people stay safe if caught in a weapons attack

#ActionCountersTerrorismWeapons attacks are rare, but remembering this simple advice could keep you safe: RUN, HIDE, TELL #ActionCountersTerrorism