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Tel: 01392 430774 Email: admin@barleylane.devon.sch.uk

Safeguarding and Wellbeing 

Barley Lane School is committed to safeguarding all its students, staff, and visitors. Safeguarding is of paramount importance and we have a moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all our students, by providing a caring, positive and safe environment, whereby the personal, social, physical and moral development of the individual child is supported.

Barley Lane ensures that safeguarding legislation and guidance are adhered to and taken into account when revisiting policies and procedures. Child protection and safeguarding procedures apply to all staff, volunteers and governors, and any adult visiting the school site and are consistent with the statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children and all of our staff have an equal responsibility to act on any suspicion or disclosure that may suggest a child is at risk of harm.

Keeping children safe in education – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Online Safety

SG Map September 2022

Safeguarding information and guidance on the safe day to day operation of the school 2023-24

What to do if you’re worried about a child 23-24

Safeguarding Team

Designated safeguarding lead (DSL) David Jones – djones@barleylane.devon.sch.uk

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Vicki Sessions – vickisessions@barleylane.devon.sch.uk

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Carl Moore – cmoore@barleylane.devon.sch.uk

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Helen Kidney – hkidney@barleylane.devon.sch.uk


If you believe that urgent action is needed because, for example, a child is in immediate danger or needs accommodation, phone the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0345 155 1071 and give as much information as you can.

Operation Encompass

We work with Operation Encompass to ensure that there is early reporting to schools that a child or young person has been exposed to domestic abuse or violence.    http://www.operationencompass.org/

Prevent Strategy

Prevent relates to the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 which came into force on 1 July 2015. Since 1 July 2015 there has been a duty on schools to have ‘due regard to the need to Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. This is called the Prevent duty.

At Barley Lane:

  • All our staff have completed whole school Prevent training and understand the importance of the Prevent strategy.
  • All our staff understand the duty they have to ensure British values are embedded into our curriculum and pastoral care to support healthy discussion and debate and to promote tolerance.
  • All our staff understand that any concerns around potential radicalisation and/or extremism should be treated as a safeguarding issue and reported to our safeguarding team.

Our safeguarding team understand the South West Prevent Strategy and how to make a referral.

BLS Prevent Strategy Key Information

Prevent Statement

Prevent Risk Assessment and action plan 22-24

Early Help

Early Help is the extra support your family can get if you need it. It may be that you want to prevent a problem, or change things for your family before the problem becomes more serious.

It is not a specific service or team, it’s an approach that brings together people from a range of services and teams who will work together with your whole family to help improve the situation for everyone.

It can offer support to families from pre-birth to adolescents with all sorts of issues from parenting, employment and school attendance to emotional wellbeing or anti-social behaviour.

For more information….


Safeguarding Information for Parents

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Social Media and Mental Health

Group Chats

How to Combat Online Bullying

Age-Inapropriate Content


Here are some links you may find helpful….

Let’s Talk Teenagers webinars are back

Let’s Talk Teenagers is a series of online support sessions and an opportunity for parents and carers of teenagers to hear about the challenges young people are facing today and discover ways to help them navigate their way through them.


The Daisy Chain Project

The Daisy Chain Project provides pro-bono legal advice to men and women experiencing, or fleeing, domestic abuse. This advice is supported by a team of regulated barristers and solicitors.


Mental Health- Young People

YoungMinds – Supporting Your Child During the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The last year has been extra stressful, especially if you’re a parent. With another lockdown over the first months of 2021, it’s normal and entirely understandable if you’re feeling overwhelmed frustrated, worried or exhausted about the situation. You might be finding it harder than ever at the moment to know how to best look after your child’s mental health and wellbeing, as well as your own. If you’re struggling, you are not alone. YoungMinds have advice and tips that can really help:


NHS – Looking after a child or young person’s mental health

Every Mind Matters is the national platform for good mental healthfrom Public Health England. It aims to make it easier for everyone to look after their own wellbeing and improve their mental health by providing a digital hub full of advice, tips and resources and a new online tool to help everyone create their own action plan. Find a range of information including Top Tips to Support Children and Young People here:




https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides (Guides for Social Media, Apps and Games)



Vodafone Digital Parenting Magazine

Reporting Online Abuse…



The School Nurse can provide advice/support with emotional health support, managing emotions, bladder and bowel advice, dietary advice, healthy eating, sleep advice, hygiene, smoking cessation, drugs and alcohol, sexual health advice: C card and appropriate signposting and referral to other sexual health services. Or any unmet health need.

The School Nurse Hub contact number: 03332341902. Call and speak to a School Nurse who can offer advice/ signposting.

Public Health School Nurse Referral

Emotional wellbeing – Support for Parents from Action For Children

Safe and happy childhood. Action for Children protects and supports children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives.


See, Hear, Respond | Barnardo’s

The See, Hear, Respond Partnership is a new service funded by the Department for Education. With your help, the See, Hear, Respond Partnership will quickly identify and support children, young people and families who are struggling to cope with the impacts of coronavirus.


Exeter Community Wellbeing helpline

Exeter City Council and Wellbeing Exeter are committed to working together to provide practical help and support for local people to get through this temporary lockdown. We want to make sure that communities have what they need to look after each other and get support to those who need it. We can also put individuals in touch with local people and groups who can arrange support for them. Exeter Community Wellbeing can help you with things like:

  • Arranging priority food delivery slots from local supermarkets
  • Delivery of essential supplies
  • Food vouchers
  • Medications deliveries
  • Wellbeing check-ins by phone
  • Connecting you with people or services who can offer further support

For more information visit: www.exeter.gov.uk/wellbeing
Call: 01392 265000 Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm

Parental Minds

Support hub for mental health caregivers. To access bespoke support plans and regular support contact Parent+ email: parentplus@parentalminds.org.uk

Text/whatsapp 07907 614 516.







A Supportive Tool kit re Challenging Behaviour

Supporting Parents Helpfinder

Anger & Challenging Behaviour

If you are struggling to support your child with anger or challenging behaviour, you can have a look at Youngminds.org.uk for advice around strategies you can use and how to access help.


Learn Devon Free Courses

New programme now live with over 200 free courses for adults. Whether you are looking to pick up a new hobby, increase your wellbeing and combat social isolation, or trying to improve your English, maths or job prospects, Learn Devon have got you covered. Browse courses and enrol at: https://www.learndevon.co.uk/






BBC – learning programmes for primary and secondary school children

The BBC is helping children keep up with their studies during the latest lockdown, by broadcasting lessons on BBC Two and CBBC, as well as online. The BBC will show curriculum-based programmes on TV from Monday. They will include three hours of primary school programming every weekday on CBBC, and at least two hours for secondary pupils on BBC Two.

Orchard Toys – Free Printable Worksheets and Activities

Orchard Toys have resumed their Free Daily Activity Sheets for pre-school and school aged children. The sheets are posted on the Orchard Toys Facebook page every morning but you can sign up to receive them directly to your inbox the evening before they are shared on social media. Find out more here: https://www.orchardtoys.com/dept/things-to-do_d0127.htm

Action for Children – Home Learning

Home schooling can be a challenge, for parents as well as children, Action for Children have put

together some tips to help:https://parents.actionforchildren.org.uk/covid-19/home-schooling-tips/

Action for Children also have their 1:1 Parent chatline for free and confidential live chat with a qualified parenting coach. You can talk about anything that supports family life, caring for children or managing your own wellbeing.

Find out more here: https://parents.actionforchildren.org.uk/







Getting Support Sometimes it can be difficult to access the relevant information and support when you need it, which is why Turn2us are dedicated to keeping their website up-to-date with the latest information on benefits and available charity grants. If you find yourself struggling to afford the essentials, be sure to check out their free and easy to use Benefits Calculator and Grant Search to ensure you are accessing all the financial support that’s available. To find out more go to:


Coronavirus Support

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is continuing to put a huge financial strain on some people. Employment situations are changing rapidly and for some their income now no longer covers what they need or they have lost their jobs completely. Help is available. If you know someone who is worrying about money and how to pay for basic household essentials, please encourage them to apply for extra assistance through funding that we have made available via your District Council’s hardship fund.

To find out more about what support is available in Devon, including how to access local financial support, healthy start vouchers and free school meals, where to find foodbanks and community larders, free meals during the school holidays and what to do if you’re on a low income and need to self-isolate, please visit our website.




If you are worried about a child or young person in Devon and want to speak to someone, or if you are a child or young person worried about your own safety please contact the MASH on 0345 155 1071 or email mashsecure@devon.gov.uk and give as much information as you can. If you or someone else needs immediate help call 999.

Online Safety

1)      Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.

2)      Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself.  Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.

3)      Keep your privacy settings as high as possible

4)      Never give out your passwords

5)      Don’t befriend people you don’t know

6)      Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online.  Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do

7)      Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are

8)      Think carefully about what you say before you post something online

9)      Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude

10)   If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.


It’s not okay for someone to pressure you to send a nude.

Feeling pressured can include:

  • feeling like you owe someone something
  • worrying that they won’t like you as much if you don’t
  • being asked over and over again
  • not wanting to hurt someone’s feelings
  • worrying about getting into trouble or being hurt if you don’t
  • being offered money or a gift
  • anything else that makes you feel like you have to send a nude.

If someone won’t stop messaging you or asking you for nudes, blocking and reporting them can help to keep you and other young people safe.


Make a report to one of CEOP’s Child Protection Advisors


Other useful websites:





Drugs and Alcohol

If you are affected by drug or alcohol use – yours or someone else’s –seek support.

For information/advice/support click the following links:






County Lines Advice for young people

Criminal exploitation is also known as ‘county lines’ and is when gangs and organised crime networks groom and exploit children to sell drugs. Often these children are made to travel across counties, and they use dedicated mobile phone ‘lines’ to supply drugs.

Advice for young people

County Lines gangs groom young people by giving gifts and money – learn how to spot the signs before you become part of a gang.



For help and advice about coming out for LGBTQ+ young people click on the link

Intercom Trust

Intercom Trust is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans+ charity working across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and the wider South West, providing:

  • Help and Support
  • Advocacy
  • Counselling
  • Training
  • Information
  • Support Groups
  • Online Directory
  • Community Surveys
  • Conferences
  • Consultancy

Click here for further information.


Mermaids supports children and young people up to 20 years old who are transgender and/or gender diverse, and their families, and professionals involved in their care. Click here for further information.

Feeling confused about your gender?


Proud2Be – Weekly online youth groups for LGBTQ+

Social Enterprise Proud2Be currently run a weekly online youth group for LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or questioning+) young people aged 11-19 (up to 25 if you have special educational needs and/or disabilities) where you’re able to meet with other young people in a comfortable and safe environment, access information, and join in with fun activities.

When: 5-7 pm every Monday

Where: Zoom and Discord

Proud2Be Youth Workers also offer 121 practical and emotional support.

For more information and/or to request a call-back from a youth worker:

Visit: www.proud2beyouth.co.uk

Email: hello@proud2be.org.uk

Call: 01803 362083

X-Plore LGBTQ+ Youth Groups

If you are a young person identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or questioning your sexual orientation or gender identity, come and join in.



Tel: 0800 612 3010

Anxiety, Stress and Panic Attacks

Feeling anxious or stressed can lead to different reactions. Support is available to help you find ways to cope if you’re ever worried.

Anxiety, stress & panic attacks – information & advice:



http://www.themix.org.uk/mental-health/stress-mental-health (for 13-25yr olds)


Wellbeing apps available to download. From meditation techniques to family-based games designed to help you manage and understand your feelings.




Clear Fear is an app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 by Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and uses the evidence-based treatment CBT to focus on learning to reduce the physical responses to threat by learning to breathe, relax and be mindful as well as changing thoughts and behaviours and releasing emotions.


Exam Stress

Exam stress – information & advice:

YoungMinds is working in partnership with BBC Learning to launch The Mind Set, the UK’s first national peer-to-peer coaching network for GCSE students. The Mind Set provides information and support on how to manage exam stress. 


http://www.themix.org.uk/work-and-study/study-and-exam-tips/exam-stress-1241.html?gclid=CICunP7Qq9ECFWwo0wodiW4JBg  (for 13-25yr olds)


Get Revising can help you study for your exams – GCSE, AS, A2, International Baccalaureate. Features include a unique revision timetable creator, interactive revision cards, games, and a shared resource library created by members.


Self Harm

If you are self-harming, there is help available and it is important to get the support you need.

Many young people who self-harm do so privately away from other people and do not want to talk to other people about it, sometimes for fear of how people will react, thinking that they might not understand. If you can talk to someone, this may help how you are feeling.


  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Auntie/uncle or other relative
  • Friend
  • Parents’ friend
  • Brother or sister
  • Mentor
  • School nurse
  • Teacher
  • Youth Worker

If you don’t feel like you can confide in anyone, then go and talk to your GP/School Nurse and seek medical help.

Useful links for help/advice and information:



Coping with self harm brochure

Distractions that can help Self-Harm

Worried about self-harm? Download the free Calm Harm app


Friends & Relationships

Relationships can make you feel amazing. But they can also leave you feeling stressed out and upset. Get advice if you’re having problems with relationships.




The School Nurse can provide advice/support with emotional health support, managing emotions, bladder and bowel advice, dietary advice, healthy eating, sleep advice, hygiene, smoking cessation, drugs and alcohol, sexual health advice: C card and appropriate signposting and referral to other sexual health services. Or any unmet health need. 

Chathealth is the School Nurse text messaging service where young people can message a school nurse confidentially. See this flyer



Eating Problems

An eating disorder is when a person has an unhealthy attitude to food, which can take over their life and make them ill. It can involve eating too much or too little, or becoming obsessed with weight and body shape. However, there are treatments that can help, and people can recover from an eating disorder.

Eating problems can happen because of lots of different things



Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is when a grown-up threatens, bullies or hurts another adult in the family. Sometimes it’s called domestic violence. And it can happen in any family. It can be very hard to deal with but remember that it’s never your fault.


Domestic abuse | Childline


Forced Marriage / FGM



Female genital mutilation, or FGM, is a painful and illegal process that involves cutting and removing a girl’s external genitalia. If you’re worried about FGM there are places to get support and advice.



Forced Marriage

If you’re being forced to marry someone against your will, there is help out there.




Being bullied? Feeling worried or unsafe? Whatever you’re going through, we can support you.

Speak to your Tutor/Teacher/Head of Year/Safeguarding Team

For further information and advice:




Mental Health

NHS Every Mind Matters

Young Devon Well Being Pack





Wellbeing Apps

Wellbeing apps available to download. From meditation techniques to family-based games designed to help you manage and understand your feelings.





ThinkNinja is a mental health app designed for 10 to 18 year olds. Using a variety of content and tools, it allows young people to learn about mental health and emotional wellbeing, and develop skills they can use to build resilience and stay well. As a direct response to the COVID-19 crisis ThinkNinja has been updated with specific COVID-19 content. This will bring self-help knowledge and skills to children and young people who may be experiencing increased anxiety and stress during the crisis.


Find advice and support for parents, children and young people on anxiety, self-harm, depression, eating disorders, temper tantrums, sleep , ADHD, ASD and more


Help for children’s mental and emotional health from 0-18 years / HappyMaps

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger


The YoungMinds crisis messenger service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.

Guide to CAMHS


A beginner’s guide to the NHS’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for young people and parents. https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/your-guide-to-support/guide-to-camhs/ 


Stormbreak aim to improve children’s mental health through movement, equipping them with sustainable, transferable skills and coping strategies to help during the complex demands of growth into adult life. They have released new mental health videos and activities, with the aim to act as a ‘break’ from the storm and help children be happier and more resilient. To find out more go to: 


BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize As well as online lessons, BBC Bitesize also has a support hub with advice, tips and resources for children and young people around issues such as school and mental health, staying motivated, friendships and relationships and bullying. Recent articles include ‘nine nifty ways to study remotely’ and ‘five ways to tackle loneliness when you’re social distancing’, You can find out more here. 


Resources to support sleep




Sleep Hygiene Teen Handout


Radicalisation, extremism and terrorism

Radicalisation is the process by which a person comes to adopt increasingly extreme political, social, or religious ideals.  This can eventually result in condonation or support of terrorism.

Extremism is the holding of political, religious, ideological ideas or actions that are outside the parameters of the moderate mainstream and not normal, reasonable or acceptable to most people. It is important to understand that extremism in itself is not illegal but it can act as a pathway to terrorism.

Terrorism is the use or threat of action where the use or threat is designed to influence the government or to intimidate the public or a section of the public, and the use or threat is made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause.  

Exeter’s PREVENT Coordinator: 01392 452555
Email: prevent@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk 
Anti-terrorist hotline – 0800 789321


Radicalisation can be really difficult to spot. Signs that may indicate a child is being radicalised include:

  • isolating themselves from family and friends
  • talking as if from a scripted speech
  • unwillingness or inability to discuss their views
  • a sudden disrespectful attitude towards others
  • increased levels of anger
  • increased secretiveness, especially around internet use.

Children who are at risk of radicalisation may have low self-esteem, or be victims of bullying or discrimination. Extremists might target them and tell them they can be part of something special, later brainwashing them into cutting themselves off from their friends and family.

However, these signs don’t necessarily mean a child is being radicalised – it may be normal teenage behaviour or a sign that something else is wrong. If you notice any change in a child’s behaviour and you’re worried, you can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 or call the national police Prevent advice line 0800 011 3764, in confidence, to share your concerns with our specially trained Prevent officers.

Protecting children from radicalisation | NSPCC



We’re here to protect children from harm. It can be hard to know when extreme views become something dangerous. And the signs of radicalisation aren’t always obvious. We’re providing support to adults worried about the radicalisation of a child.

Counselling / Support


If you’re experiencing a personal crisis, are unable to cope and need support, text Shout to 85258.

If your life is in imminent danger, please call 999.



Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people






Face to Face Counselling


YMCA Exeter– Children and Young People’s Wellbeing Service. A free psychological wellbeing service for 5-18-year-old offering support and intervention for low mood, anxiety and behavioural difficulties. The team of Wellbeing Practitioners use CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) techniques and goal-setting to build up emotional wellbeing and resilience in young people and their families. To speak to someone on the team Tel: 01392 410530 or email:wellbeing@ymcaexeter.org.uk  Find out more at the website: 


Youth Services Online

Social distancing is hard, we are all stuck at home but we still believe Young People need: Somewhere to go, Something to do, Someone to talk to.


YoungMinds Crisis Messenger


The YoungMinds crisis messenger service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.


Support for bereaved children and young people


Devon | Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care was founded in 1959 and is a national charity providing free advice, information and support to adults, young people and children who are struggling to cope with grief arising from bereavement, whenever or however the death occurred.

Help is at Hand

Help is at Hand

Young Carers


A Young Carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem. If you’re a Young Carer, you probably look after a family member or friend of the family.

If you’re not sure if you are a young carer you can give us a call and chat through your situation.


At Devon Young Carers we work with young people aged 4-18 who help look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs and alcohol. We work to make sure that young carers are supported through our service and others, which can include specialist advice, access to respite opportunities and 1:1 support.


To find out more about what Young Carers do: