Safeguarding & Wellbeing

Safeguarding at Merrywood is central to the care we provide to children. We take our role as educational providers seriously and ensure that every child’s safety is first. Our staff are well equipped to deal with all safeguarding concerns and are all trained in Safeguarding and a range of specialisms.

Designated Safeguard Leads:

Michelle Quayle – Michelle@merrywood.org.uk

Roger Easthope – roger@merrywood.org.uk

We take all safeguarding reports seriously – if you have any concerns you would like to raise please contact the school immediately.  

If you have any further concerns you can reach our advisory board on:

advisoryboard@merrywood.org.uk

Safeguarding things to know

Child Sexual Exploitation

Child Sexual Exploitation, or CSE, is a form of sexual abuse which sees children/young people being manipulated or coerced into sexual activity for receiving ‘something’ such as: gifts, money, food, attention, somewhere to stay etc.
Technology is very often used to groom victims. This may occur through social networking sites and mobile phones with internet access.

CSE has gained a large amount of media attention over the last year as lots of services involved with children and young people have noticed a big rise in cases involving CSE.

Charities such as NSPCC and Barnardos have been campaigning to raise the profile of this form of child abuse. Information regarding CSE can be found here:

www.nspcc.org.uk/Inform/resourcesforprofessionals/sexualabuse/cse-introduction_wda97566.html

www.barnardos.org.uk/what_we_do/our_projects/sexual_exploitation.htm

Online Safety

Children and young people spend lots of time on the internet. They may go online to research information for homework or to play games.

The internet holds a massive amount of useful information and can also be a really good way of learning about new things and keeping in contact with friends and family. It can also be an incredibly dangerous place so it is important that children are protected and monitored when they are online.

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) has lots of information about how to keep your children safe online and parental controls. The link to the website is below:

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

PACE (Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation)

PACE (Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation) is a national charity that works with parents and carers whose children are sexually exploited. PACE offers one-to-one telephone support, national and local meet-ups with other affected parents and information on how parents can work in partnership with school, police and social care:

www.paceuk.info

The NSPCC also offers lots of helpful tips and advice parents can use to keep their children safe on the internet and social networks.

The link below outlines the risks and dangers children face when using the internet and provides advice on how to set parenting controls on computers, tablets and mobile phones:

NSPCC Online Safety

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

In April 2014 every school in England received new safeguarding guidelines and detailed information on identifying and responding to Female Genital Mutilation.
FGM is a procedure carried out on young girls, usually between the ages of infancy and 15 years of age.

Female Genital Mutilation is classified as a form of Child Abuse in the UK. It therefore makes the procedure of it a serious Child Protection issue.

It is illegal for anyone to perform FGM in the UK or to arrange for a child to be transported to another country for the procedure. The maximum sentence for carrying out FGM or helping it to take place is 14 years in prison.

There is lots of information and support available online for parents/carers concerned about this subject or if you know someone who is at risk:

Contact the Police if you think that a girl or young woman is in danger of FGM and is still in the UK.

Contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (020 7008 1500) if she’s already been taken abroad.

The Daughters of Eve website helps to raise awareness of this issue and sign-posts those affected by it to supportive services:

www.dofeve.org

The NSPCC has detailed advice on how to spot the signs, symptoms and effects of FGM and provides support for people who are concerned about a child or who have been affected themselves:

www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/female-genital-mutilation-fgm/signs-symptoms-and-effects/

The NSPCC offers a free and anonymous FGM 24 hour helpline. Call; 0800 028 3550 or emailfgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk

Radicalisation

Merrywood House is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. Every member of staff recognises that safeguarding against radicalisation and extremism is no different to safeguarding against any other vulnerability in today’s society.

As part of our safeguarding ethos we encourage pupils to respect the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. At our school we are committed to contributing to community cohesion and reducing the likelihood that our children may become radicalised.

If you have concerns over a child being radicalised, please call the police on 101 or the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. Remember, in an emergency, always dial 999.

Contact Children's Services

If you are concerned about the safety of a child or young person you can contact the Surrey Children’s Single Point of Access (SPA).

The SPA is based at Guildford Pavilion and acts as the front door to children’s services in Surrey.

The SPA provides residents and people who work with children in Surrey with direct information, advice and guidance about where and how to find the appropriate support for children and families.

Availability: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

• Phone: 0300 470 9100
• Out of hours phone: 01483 517898 to speak to our emergency duty team.
• Email: emails are dealt with during normal office hours
o For concerns for a child or young person: csmash@surreycc.gov.uk
o For concerns for an adult: ascmash@surreycc.gov.uk
• Fax number: 01483 519862

You can also report you concerns to the NSPCC who will offer you support and advice if you are feeling worried about a child’s safety:

www.nspcc.org.uk/help-and-advice/worried-about-a-child/the-nspcc-helpline/how-to-contact-us/how-to-contact-us_wda89787.html

Reporting a Concern of Abuse or Neglect

If you have concerns that a child you know is at risk of serious harm through Abuse or Neglect it is important that you report your worries to the correct agency.

Physical Chastisement

There are many different views about physical chastisement, but it is widely accepted that hurting children is not the best way to teach them right from wrong – nor are methods that involve humiliating or threatening children, shouting at them, or destroying their confidence. Physically chastising a child in a way which leaves visible bruising, grazes, scratches, minor swellings or cuts, now constitutes the criminal offence of actual bodily harm. This can carry a sentence of five years in prison.

Wellbeing at Merrywood

We want all of our children to experience positive wellbeing and provide a number of things to support this:

• Mindfulness
• Yoga
• Wilderness therapy
• Walking
• Talking
• Play therapy
• Lego therapy
• Open space
• Art and music therapy
• Mentoring

Our staff’s wellbeing is supported and is kept centrally to the growth of our children. We recognise the need for staff to access the following support throughout their career with Merrywood:

• Supervision
• Teambuilding
• Relaxation and time out
• Training and Development
• Friendly chat
• Supportive shoulder
• Mindfulness, exercise and yoga

If you have any concerns about mental health you can access these services online support and services below:

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/parenting-with- amental-health-problem/#.Wx6EbPZFwdU

https://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/mental-health- servicesexplained/Pages/camhs-information-for-parents.aspx

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-protection-system/parental-mental- health/

https://www.place2be.org.uk/

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Merrywood House School
The Old Pheasantry,
Merrywood Close,
Tadworth KT207HF

Call Us: 07427 630 539

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Merrywood House School
The Old Pheasantry
Merrywood Grove
Tadworth
KT20 7HF

Tel: 07427 630 539
Email: admissions@merrywood.org.uk

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