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Safeguarding and Child Protection at Hakeford Woods Forest School

Hakeford Woods Forest School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


Mr Stuart Young (Safeguarding Designated Lead) and Ms Iona Dowling (Deputy Safeguarding Lead) lead the safeguarding team at Hakeford Woods Forest School.

All staff working with children are trained to the appropriate level in safeguarding and training is repeated at the set intervals to ensure that new staff are fully aware of their safeguarding responsibilities. 

If we have a concern about the wellbeing of a child or vulnerable adult attending Hakeford Woods Forest School we will be speaking to the parents or carers about our concerns. 

Information sharing is vital to improve outcomes for children and vulnerable people, protect their rights, deliver better and more efficient services and is sometimes essential to keep people safe.  Please click below for more details:

What To Do If You Have A Safeguarding Concern:

Contact Hakeford Woods Forest School Safeguarding Designated Lead (Stuart Young) : or 07754538415 (office hours) or Hakeford Woods Forest School Deputy Safeguarding Designated Lead (Iona Dowling):

Outside office hours there are a number of useful resources for safeguarding information, including: 

Devon Safeguarding Childrens Board

South West Child Protection Procedures

Devon Early Years and Childcare Service

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency



If you have an immediate concern please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) 0345 155 1071



MASH Consultation Line 0345 155 1071 (ask for Consultation Line)


Early Help In each of the four localities – Northern, Exeter, East and Mid, and Southern – there are Early Help Hubs, where the Early Help Locality Officers, Family Intervention Teams, Youth Intervention teams and REACH workers are based

Out of hours for CYPS (Social Care):

5pm -9am and at weekends and public holidays, please contact:

Emergency Duty Service 0845 6000 388 (low-rate call)


Police Central Referral Unit: 0845 605 116


EYCS Consultation Service:

If you have concerns about a child but are unsure whether to make a MASH enquiry.  The numbers are:

Melissa Filby – Locality Manager for Northern and Mid Devon         01392 383000



DSCB Office:                        01392 383000


Child Protection Chairs and Local Authority Designated Leads for managing allegations against staff:


Allegations against staff Referral Co-ordinator               01392 384964

Devon’s Domestic Abuse Helpline 0345 155 1074

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub – MASH

  • Manages contacts and enquiries received from any source (usually CYPS and Police 121A reports)

  • Develops a document recording the concern information and all other available information in the Hubs within agreed timescales and an Early Years and Families manager makes an informed decision using all of the available information.

  • Develops concern information into an Early Years and Families referral if services are required under section 17 or section 47 of The Children Act 1989

  • Liaises with the Early Response Service for children and young people who need services but do not meet The Children Act 1989 threshold

  • Provides consultation to agency enquirers about thresholds, appropriate action to be undertaken and services.

The Hub contributes to improved outcomes for safeguarding children because it has the ability to swiftly collate and share information held by the various agencies and to provide a multi-agency risk assessment of each case for ‘actual or likely harm’.

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