At Merdon, we highly regard the safeguarding and wellbeing of our children and staff. In order to ensure that we maintain high standards in safeguarding, every member of staff undertakes high qualify training to support our approach.
All of our staff have received safeguarding training and we have clear guidelines within our safeguarding and child protection policies which we adhere to.
Please come and speak to a member of staff at any time if you have any concerns about the welfare of any of our children. We can also support you with advice and guidance on safeguarding including E-Safety.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Sarah Cunningham, Deputy Headteacher.
The Deputy Safeguarding Lead is Donna Tones, SENCo/Inclusion leader.
Helpline to report abuse in education
The Department of Education has worked alongside the NSPCC to launch a new helpline called Report Abuse in Education. This helpline is available for children and young people who:
The helpline is also available for parents and carers who have concerns or need support or have experienced non-recent abuse.
At Merdon, children are encouraged to 'Tell a trusted adult' if they feel uncomfortable, worried or have any concerns. This could be a teacher, LSA, office staff or member of the Senior Leadership Team. It might also be an adult or relation at home over the age of 18. These messages are shared through regular assemblies and within classroom practice.