Safeguarding at Exeter College

Exeter College holds the protection, safety, health, well-being and welfare of all of its students as paramount. We believe that all children, young people and vulnerable adults have a right to protection from abuse and to the support they need to reach their full potential.

We follow the statutory guidance in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (revised Sept. 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.

In line with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019, we believe that everyone has a responsibility to actively safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults, whatever their role; and we are committed to a ‘whole college approach’ to safeguarding. To this end we will ensure that all staff are trained in Safeguarding and Child Protection and also in preventing radicalisation, in line with the statutory guidance in the Prevent Duty 2015.

We will take all child protection and safeguarding concerns seriously and will respond to them promptly, keeping the child/young person/vulnerable adult at the centre of all we do.

We will make information available on Safeguarding and Child Protection to students and parents and guardians and make sure that we keep up to date with changes in legislation.

The College provides a comprehensive wellbeing and welfare service to students. This includes support for: housing; financial support needs; medical and physical health needs and mental health and emotional wellbeing; all of which can impact on a student’s health, well-being and safety.

If you are concerned about the safety of any child, young person or vulnerable adult, then please contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead or the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead on 01392 400449 or contact the MASH, Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub on 0345 155 1071 or email mashsecure@devon.gov.uk

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 college hours please contact a member of the college’s safeguarding team on 01392 400449 to speak with a member of staff and pass on your concerns.

If you have concerns about a student when the college 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

Care Direct – For vulnerable adults aged over 18
0345 155 1007

Nightstop – Emergency Accommodation for Children and adults aged 16-25
01392 573 606

CEOP – Reporting online safety concerns

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility

Operation Encompass Statement

Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools and colleges, prior to the start of the next college day, when a child or young person has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.

Operation Encompass will ensure that a member or the college staff, known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the college is able to make provisions for possible difficulties experienced by young people, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.

Safeguarding Team

Kristyn Woodward

Designated Safeguarding Lead for Exeter College

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead for Exeter College
  • Level 3 trained in safeguarding and child protection
  • Single Point of Contact for Prevent referrals

Kristyn coordinates the safeguarding team and can be contacted on 01392 400448 / kristynwoodward@exe-coll.ac.uk

Cassandra Wood

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead for Exeter College

  • Level 3 trained in safeguarding and child protection
  • Responsible for safeguarding vulnerable adults

Responsible for safeguarding and child protection in Jennie’s absence, Cass can be contacted on 01392 400212 / cassandrawood@exe-coll.ac.uk

Hannah Robson

Student Welfare Leader

  • Level 3 trained in safeguarding and child protection
  • Works with students who are in care or care leavers


Hannah can be contacted on 01392 400447 / hannahrobson@exe-coll.ac.uk

As well as our DSL and DDSL we have a dedicated team of staff that work with students across the faculties, ensuring all students can access help and support throughout their time at Exeter College.