Here at WESC Foundation our first duty is to keep our young people safe. We are committed to safeguarding and aim to create a culture of vigilance.

Download the WESC Foundation Safeguarding Policy.

Safeguarding Team

Mark Hutchinson (Head of Safeguarding and Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads

Jane Bell
Marc Phillips
Matt Smith

Designated Safeguarding Persons

Jane Beveridge
Hazel Browning
Niki Tansley

Key contact information

The Safeguarding Team is contactable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 07980 735731  (or ring 7000 from a WESC Foundation landline). You can also email

Ofsted  0300 1234 666 or
Care Quality Commission (CQC) 03000 616161 or
Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub 0345 155 1071
LADO 01392 384964
Care Direct 0845 155 1007

Operation Encompass

WESC Foundation takes part in Operation Encompass, a partnership project run jointly between schools and Devon & Cornwall Police.

Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school’s trained Key Adult (DSL) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.

Children experiencing domestic abuse are negatively impacted by this exposure; domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience and can lead to emotional, physical and psychological harm. Operation Encompass aims to mitigate this harm by enabling immediate support, making a child’s day better and giving them a better tomorrow.