Safeguarding at Taunton Deane Partnership College
Taunton Deane Partnership College (TDPC) is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
Sometimes when there are concerns about a child's welfare, we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies such as police, children’s social care, FIS or medical professionals. Where we can, we will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first to achieve the best outcome for the student. Sometimes circumstances exist that do not allow for that discussion and TDPC has to take independent action in order to ensure a young person is safeguarded.
What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding is protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of their health or development; ensuring that they grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Jackie Morris-Fuge. The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding in our school is Nik Harwood.
How are students safeguarded at TDPC?
Some of the ways we safeguard students are as follows:
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be viewed on the website.
If you are concerned that a child may be at risk or that you are struggling looking after your child please phone Somerset Direct, 0300 123 2224.
The adults have special responsibility to keep our young people safe;
Deryk Kerr - Teacher, Holway
Kate Taylor - Pastoral Lead, Northfields
Chris Johnstone - Pastoral Lead, Deane Discovery Centre