Safeguarding at Abbey School & Nursery

Abbey School are committed to monitoring and, where necessary, referring safeguarding concerns to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). We follow both local guidance from Torbay Safeguarding Children Partnership (TSCP) and guidance explained in the government document, 'Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023'.

Safeguarding is everybody's responsibility, so if you have any concerns about a child who attends Abbey School or Nursery, please contact us on or alternatively via the school office on 01803 327868 and ask to speak to the Safeguarding Team.

Meet the Safeguarding Team

Key Contacts:

Abbey School & Nursery Safeguarding Team – or 01803 327868

Torbay Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Out of Hours Referrals –  0300 456 4876

Devon Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Out of Hours Referrals – 0345 155 1071

Miss Anna Payne

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Miss B. Dorrans

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Miss S. Hunt

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Worried about a child at Abbey School & Nursery? Contact our Safeguarding Team via the form below. Alternatively you can send an email to or ask to speak with them on 01803 327868

If you have reason to believe that a staff member or volunteer at Abbey School and Nursery has:
• Behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or may have harmed a child; and/or
• Possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child; and/or
• Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates he or she may pose a risk of harm to children; and/or
• Behaved or may have behaved in a way that indicates they may not be suitable to work with children.
Please contact the school on 01803 327868 and ask to speak with the Headteacher or alternatively you can contact LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) on 01803 208541

Statement of access to Abbey School information

You will find our safeguarding policies on our policy page. You can choose to view the PDF in a new window in your browser or you may download the document to your computer to view later.

A copy of any Abbey School policy will be forwarded, (free of charge), on request by current or prospective parents.

Operation Encompass:

Operation Encompass Safeguarding Statement

Our school is part of Operation Encompass.

Operation Encompass is a national police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Violence and Abuse and which is in place in every police force in England and Wales.

Children were recognised as victims of domestic abuse in their own right in the 2021 Domestic Abuse Act.

Operation Encompass means that the police will share information with our school about all police attended Domestic Abuse incidents which involve any of our children PRIOR to the start of the next school day.

Once a Key Adult (DSL) and their deputy/ies (DDSLs) have attended either an Operation Encompass briefing or completed the online Operation Encompass Key Adult training they will cascade the principles of Operation Encompass to all other school staff. All school staff can undertake the online training.

Our DSL , Miss Anna Payne, undertook training on 20th April 2022.

Our DDSL, Bryony Dorrans,  undertook training on 15th May 2024

Our DDSL and Designated Person for Safeguarding in EYFS, Miss Sophie Hunt, undertook training on 1st June 2022.


Our parents are fully aware that we are an Operation Encompass school and we ensure that when a new child joins our school the parents/carers are informed about Operation Encompass.

The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information.

As a staff we have  discussed how we can support our children who are experiencing Domestic Violence and Abuse on a day-to-day basis and particularly following the Operation Encompass notification. We have used the Operation Encompass Handbooks to inform our thinking.

We are aware that we must do nothing that puts the child/ren or the non-abusing adult at risk.

The Safeguarding Team will report on Operation Encompass in the termly report to the Proprietor. All information is anonymised for these reports.

We have  used the Operation Encompass Key Adult Responsibilities checklist to ensure that all appropriate actions have been taken by the school.

When Head Teacher, DSL or DDSLs leave the school and other staff are appointed, they will ensure that all Operation Encompass log in details are shared with the new Head Teacher /Key Adults and that the new member of staff will undertake the Operation Encompass online training. 

To discover for yourself the benefits your child will gain from an Abbey School education, make an appointment to visit us now, by email or by calling the Secretary on 01803 327868.