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.

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedures
Adults at Risk Protection Policy and Procedures

Safeguarding Team

Mark Hutchinson is the Head of Safeguarding and Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads

Marc Phillips
Matt Smith
Emma Lyall
Catherine Scott Baker
Helen Jenkins

Designated Safeguarding Persons

Jane Beveridge
Hazel Browning
Richard Ellis
Niki Tansley
Rowan White
Katherine Weir

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). 

Ofsted  0300 1234 666 or the Ofsted website
Care Quality Commission (CQC) 03000 616161 or the CQC website
Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) 0345 155 1071 Read more about MASH
LADO (managing allegations against adults working with children) 01392 384964 Read more about LADO
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.