At Mellor, our pupils' welfare is of paramount importance. Our aim is to safeguard and promote our pupils' welfare, safety and health by fostering an honest, open, caring and supportive climate. As such it is important that all of our parents are aware that;
The school has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have about a child in need of protection with other agencies and in particular police, health and children's services. Schools are not able to investigate concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances, the school will be able to inform the parents/carer of its need to make a referral. However, sometimes the school is advised by Children's Social Care or police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter. We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the best interests of the child.
The school ensures children learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment. Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, on and off line, to develop positive and healthy relationships and how to avoid situations where they might be at risk, including by being exploited.
If you have any safeguarding concerns out of school hours or in the holidays, please contact our safeguarding team by emailing email@example.com
In the case a child is in immediate risk, please call social care on 01164541004
More information can be found in the guidance, policies and procedures:
- Keeping Children Safe in Education Guidance
- Safeguarding Child Protection Policy 2021-2022
- Online Safety Policy
- Whole School Approach to Safeguarding
- Report a Child Concern
- Safeguarding Curriculum Map
- Visitor Safeguarding Leaflet 2021-2022
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Designated Safeguarding Leads
Asif EsatDeputy Headteacher & DSL
Nik FosterHeadteacher & Deputy DSL
Kelly StoneSafeguarding & Welfare Lead & Deputy DSL
Lisa CookeDeputy Headteacher & Deputy DSL
Deputy DSL/ LAC Teacher
Antony HibbleAssistant Headteacher & Deputy DSL
Jade PopeAssistant Headteacher & Deputy DSL
Safeguarding Governors (ID 1179)
Early Help Offer
At Mellor we also provide an Early Help Offer which outlines the support we can offer to children and families as soon as difficulties start to emerge or where it is likely that issues will impact negatively on children's outcomes. The ultimate goal is to ensure all children and families receive the right support, at the right time reducing the need for referral to statutory services.
As part of Mellor Community Primary School’s ongoing safeguarding and child protection duties, we are fully behind the government’s Prevent Strategy.
From 1 July 2015, all schools have been subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty for Schools.
At Mellor Community primary school , we build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views.
At Mellor Community Primary School we are working in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and Children’s Services to identify and provide appropriate support to pupils who have experienced domestic violence in their household; this scheme is called Operation Encompass.
The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in or witness to a domestic abuse incident.
Domestic abuse impacts on children in a number of ways. Children are at increased risk of physical injury during an incident, either by accident or because they attempt to intervene. Even when not directly injured, children are greatly distressed by witnessing the physical and emotional suffering of a parent.
Operation Encompass has been created to highlight this situation. It is the implementation of key partnership working between the police and schools. The aim of sharing information with local schools is to allow ‘key adults’, such as the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Class Teacher or named Support Staff, the opportunity of engaging with the child and to provide access to support that allows them to remain in a safe but secure familiar environment.
In order to achieve this, the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Team will share police information of all domestic incidents where one of our pupils has been present, with the Designated Safeguarding Lead(s) (DSL).
On receipt of any information, a DSL will decide on the appropriate support the child requires. We will record this information and store this information in line with our Safeguarding Policy.
Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if the young person is disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a close relative. For this purpose, 'close relatives' are defined as grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts.
People can be private fostering for many different reasons, such as:
- a young person has fallen out with their own family, and lives with a family friend.
- they are a host family for an overseas student at a nearby private school.
- a person's partner has gone away for some reason, and left their birth child with you.
If you - or someone you know - are in a similar situation, and have a young person living with you who is not a close relative, by law, you need to make your local authority aware.
FGM IS ILLEGAL
Female Circumcision & Cutting
There are an estimated 137,000 women and girls affected by FGM in England and Wales (Figures taken from NSPCC). Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a growing cause of concern in all schools, including primary school.
FGM is child abuse and a form of violence against women and girls, and therefore it is dealt with as part of existing child and adult safeguarding/protection structures, policies and procedures. It is illegal in the UK to subject a child to female genital mutilation (FGM) or to take a child abroad to undergo the procedure – Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003. Despite the harm it causes, FGM practising communities consider it normal to protect their cultural identity. The age at which girls are subject to FGM varies greatly from shortly after birth to any time up to adulthood.
Staff at Mellor Community Primary School have completed FGM training as part of our safeguarding procedures.
Information for children can be found by clicking on the icon below:
The mandatory reporting duty for FGM under the Serious Crime Act 2015, requires teachers in England and Wales to report known cases of FGM in under 18 year olds to the police. Guidelines on Mandatory reporting can be found on the links below:
Further advice for parents and professionals can be found by clicking on each icon below to access information and support websites.
If you are worried that a child is at risk of, or has had FGM, you can call the FGM helpline. It is free, anonymous and they are available 24hours. Call them on 0800 028 3550, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
The internet is essential in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. As children move up through the school their access to various types of technology increases and it stands to reason that their exploration and curiosity increases too. The positives of the digital world overwhelmingly outweigh the negatives but children, schools and parents all need to be aware of various online risks.
If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online report it using the CEOP Reporting Tool.
At Mellor we follow the SMART rules:
Parent Online Safety Guides
- Online Gaming - Keeping Safe
- Online Safety Tips 0-5 Year Olds
- Online Safety Tips 11-13 Year Olds
- Online Safety Tips 6-10 Year Olds
- Social Media Guide for Parents and Carers
Mellor Online Safety on Twitter
“National Online Safety has joined the server” ðŸŽ®ðŸ’¬ Discord helps around 390 million gamers globally to communicate and cooperate. Mixing young and older users, however, can cause #OnlineSafety risks. Our #WakeUpWednesday guide investigates ðŸ”— National Online Safety (@natonlinesafety) May 18, 2022
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Pre-schoolers on PlayStation? Young ones on YouTube? ðŸ‘¶ðŸÅ½® The under-5s encounter digital devices – and therefore #OnlineSafety risks – at a crucial phase in their development. Our #WakeUpWednesday guide has top tips for parents and carers ðŸ›¡— National Online Safety (@natonlinesafety) May 11, 2022
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“National Online Safety reacted to your message” âÂÂ¤ðŸ‘ÂÂ Group chats are an easy way to stay in touch with friends and family – but how safe are they for children and young people? Our #WakeUpWednesday guide looks at the #OnlineSafety risks ðŸ“±— National Online Safety (@natonlinesafety) April 27, 2022
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Eight billion messages every day ðŸ˜²ðŸ“± How many of those are potentially harmful? This week’s #WakeUpWednesday guide highlights some #OnlineSafety dangers that trusted adults need to be aware of to protect young people on Facebook Messenger ðŸ›¡— National Online Safety (@natonlinesafety) April 13, 2022
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Is sharing, caring? ðŸ“±ðŸ“¢ This #WakeUpWednesday, we're taking a closer look at Facebook! ðŸ”Å½ It's one of the world's most popular social media platforms, but with no age verification, it's important to be aware of the #OnlineSafety risks...— National Online Safety (@natonlinesafety) March 30, 2022
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What do YOU know … about Yubo? ðŸ§’ðŸ’¬ This chat and livestream app for teens has caused concern after revelations of #OnlineSafety hazards such as inappropriate content and bullying. Our #WakeUpWednesday guide brings you the lowdown âš— National Online Safety (@natonlinesafety) March 9, 2022
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TikTok is one of the most popular Social Media platforms with a younger audience.— OpenView Education (@openviewed) March 7, 2022
That's why we have created this TikTok Parent Guide with steps that parents can use to help keep their young people safe on TikTok:https://t.co/LUVc5cG6Aw@ABAonline @YMCAEastSurrey #onlinesafety pic.twitter.com/uc2vTtakmS
“National Online Safety is typing …” ðŸ“±âœ”âœ” Updated for 2022, it’s one of our most-downloaded #WakeUpWednesday guides – telling trusted adults everything they need to know about the world's most popular messaging service: WhatsApp ðŸ’¬— National Online Safety (@natonlinesafety) March 2, 2022
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Year 2 have been learning about staying safe online and making good choices when using online services. They read two educational stories about being kind online and looked at whether the Internet is always a reliable source of information. @UK_SIC #SaferInternetDay pic.twitter.com/HH0YPauWXQ— Mellor Community Primary School (@mellorschool) February 8, 2022
It only takes seconds, but its effects could last a lifetime âÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ±âÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ¤ Our #WakeUpWednesday poster for #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek illustrates how checking in with friends online can support their mental health ðŸ¤—— National Online Safety (@natonlinesafety) February 9, 2022
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3 of Mellor's awesome Digital Leaders this week presented an online assembly to all KS2 classes about #SaferInternetDay The theme this year is all about staying safe whilst online gaming. Pupils learnt the importance of being responsible and secure in an online world @UK_SIC pic.twitter.com/cg5YrnHP0g— Mellor Community Primary School (@mellorschool) February 4, 2022
ðŸÅ½µ R-E-S-P-E-C-T, integral to online safety! ðŸÅ½µ Get prepped for #SaferInternetDay with this week’s special #WakeUpWednesday guides: full of top tips for parents & children on communicating positively and respectfully online ðŸ¤—âÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ¤— National Online Safety (@natonlinesafety) February 2, 2022
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Useful Online Safety Websites: