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Safeguarding

Designated Safeguard Leads:

Lauren Hockey – Assistant Head – lauren.hockey@merrywood.org.uk

Claire Lloyd – Family Support Worker – claire.lloyd@merrywood.org.uk

Laura Grace – Head of Teaching and Learning – laura.grace@merrywood.org.uk

Michelle Quayle – Executive Head teacher – michelle.quayle@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

Designated Safeguard Leads:

Claire Gungah – Head of School –claire.gungah@merrywood.org.uk

Lauren Hockey – Assistant Head – lauren.hockey@merrywood.org.uk

Claire Lloyd – Family Support Worker – claire.lloyd@merrywood.org.uk

Laura Grace – Head of Teaching and Learning – laura.grace@merrywood.org.uk

Michelle Quayle – Executive Head teacher – michelle.quayle@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

Child Criminal Exploitation

Children and young people involved with gangs and criminal exploitation need help and support. They might be victims of violence or pressured into doing things like stealing or carrying drugs or weapons. They might be abused, exploited and put into dangerous situations. Advice can be found below.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-is-child-abuse/types-of-abuse/gangs-criminal-exploitation/

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

We are committed to safeguarding our children here at Merrywood and all of our staff are well equipped to deal with all safeguarding concerns. Staff are trained in a range of specialisms and have ongoing CPD to maximise knowledge and their capabilities to safeguard children.

School of Opportunities

Safeguarding

Merrywood Education

We are committed to safeguarding our children here at Merrywood and all of our staff are well equipped to deal with all safeguarding concerns. Staff are trained in a range of specialisms and have ongoing CPD to maximise knowledge and their capabilities to safeguard children.

School of Opportunities

Safeguarding

Merrywood Education

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.

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.

Contact Children's Services

Do you have concerns about a child?
Contact the children’s services

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. If you feel the child is in immediate danger, contact the police on 999 and all other concerns contact children’s services