Welcome to our Safeguarding page

Safeguarding at Steiner Academy Exeter is our highest priority. We believe that the safety, protection, health, wellbeing and welfare of all our students is essential and, as a result, safeguarding and its procedures underpin all that we do.

We follow the statutory guidance in Keeping Children Safe in Education (revised September 2019) and Working Together to Safeguard Children (revised July 2018) and recognise our responsibility under the Children’s Act 1989 and section 175 of the Education Act 2002, to have due regard to our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare and wellbeing of children and young people.

At SAE, we have a safeguarding team of seven experienced professionals, all holding Level 3 Safeguarding qualifications. They all hold different roles across school, meaning that we have an excellent knowledge base of support throughout the academy. However, safeguarding does not end with these seven and all staff at SAE have been trained and hold responsibility for safeguarding and child protection. Should you need to talk to somebody, there is always someone for you. We will take all child protection and safeguarding concerns seriously and will respond to them promptly, keeping the child or young person at the centre of all we do. Our Child Protection policy can be found in the link below.

Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy (.pdf)

Safeguarding team


As DSL, Billy holds overall responsibility to child protection and safeguarding within SAE. He also oversees the Safeguarding Team. He is the first point of contact for any concerns.

His email is


Debbie’s roles at SAE mean that she operates as Deputy DSL across the Academy but is also effectively the DSL for Kindergarten. Should you have concerns relating to this particular area, she is best placed to help

Her email is debbiepickering@steineracademyexeter.


Sara has been at SAE since the very beginning. She plays a key role in protecting the well-being of our young people and is also the Academy lead for Early Help referrals. With her position in the school and her experience, she is a vital part of the DSL team.

Her email is sara.jarman@steineracademyexeter.


Claire’s position in the school as SENDCO means that she is primary contact for a number of families at SAE. As a result, she is the perfect link between SEND and the Safeguarding Team.


Anna is responsible for behaviour at SAE and works closely with a number of young people as a result. Her training and experience mean she’s ideally placed to be an important contact for a number of families.


Jane is the only currently practicing teacher within the Safeguarding Team and, as Middle Years Phase Lead, is a key point of contact for families in her pastoral role. You may feel comfortable taking to a familiar person and Jane is always willing to listen.


Sometimes, safeguarding concerns come as a result of attendance issues and this makes Sam’s monitoring of attendance crucial to our overview of child protection. She communicates with families regular and you might fee she is the best person to whom to report.

What to do if you are worried a student is at risk of harm

If you feel a student is at immediate risk of harm to themselves or others, please contact the emergency services on 999.

During academy hours, please contact a member of the DSL team (or wider safeguarding team) on 01392 757371 to speak with a member of staff and pass on your concerns.

If you have concerns about a student when SAE is not open, please contact one of the relevant numbers below:

  • MASH – Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub - For concerns relating to young people aged 18 and below 0345 155 1071
  • Social Care – Emergency Duty Service – For concerns relating to children and adults - 0345 600 0388
  • NSPCC Helpline - 0808 800 5000

Please remember, safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility.

Operation Encompass

Supporting children through key adults

Our school participated in Operation Encompass

This scheme has been founded by Sgt Carney-Haworth and his wife a teacher and head teacher Elizabeth Carney-Haworth in 2011 which allowed police to share reports of domestic abuse incidents in Plymouth where the children had been present, with key adults at the schools they attended.

In September 2014 the scheme was rolled out across the Merseyside Police force area before being picked up by Cheshire police and Cleveland Police's force area. It is now embedded in more than 15 force.

What is it?

Operation Encompass is an information sharing initiative between the police and schools. If a domestic incident occurred on the previous evening or weekend, the police would contact a key adult Gaby Wood, DSL, or in her absence, Anja Toddington Deputy Safeguarding Lead, by the following school morning. The intention of this scheme is to have an opportunity to mitigate the toxic impact of that experience for the child at school. This scheme is being rolled out nationwide to support a child with some kind of attention, some kind of support and some kind of understanding. This helps key adults at school to potentially contextualise a child's behaviour when they arrive at school and allow the child a safe holding space and a feeling that they are not alone. 'Silent' or 'Overt' support is given dependent on the child's needs.

The single most critical factor in how children exposure to domestic violence is the presence of at least one loving and supportive adult in their life. Children without any support, who are isolated or lack nurturing adults in their lives, are more e negatively affected by their exposure to domestic abuse. (Osofsky J.D,)

Helpful Contacts:

The Devon Children and Families Partnership (DCFP)

The Devon Children and Families Partnership (DCFP) is made up of the key organisations that work with children, young people and their families. The purpose of DCFP is to champion effective partnership working, so that priorities are shared to deliver outcomes that make a real difference to the lives of children and young people.

Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse

Devon's domestic abuse helpline: 0345 155 1074
Rape crisis helpline: 0808 802 9999
Stop Abuse For Everyone (SAFE): 030 30 30 0112


Specialised services to those affected by domestic violence and abuse.
The victim care unit will help victims navigate and make informed choices about the organisation they wish to receive support from.
Phone: 01392 475 900


Devon Domestic Abuse Support Service:
Helpline: 0345 155 1074
We accept self-referrals and agency referrals. For self-referrals please call our helpline.


Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?
Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors.

Early Help Locality Contact Information, Devon County Council, South & West Devon