We take a whole school staff approach to safeguarding the pupils here at Mellers, and you can find details of our safeguarding team and our Child Safeguarding Policy here.
We have a professional and personal duty and responsibility to ensure that all our children and adults are safe and happy at Mellers. Below you will find information about the work we do, and the guidance that supports this work. You can find our safeguarding and child protection policies under the Policies section in Resources.
Andrew Hall is a highly-regarded safeguarding and child protection expert, who has a website with materials, training and advice for educational and safeguarding professionals. Our safeguarding training for DSLs, governors and the whole staff team (including midday supervisors and site staff) is delivered online with Andrew Hall. He sends out a weekly update, which is very useful. Here’s the link to his website:
Keeping Children Safe in Education is the document that underpins all our safeguarding work, and all our staff members have read and understood their roles and responsibilities. This guides our work in safeguarding children.
We make sure that all members of our safeguarding team, which consists of: Headteacher (DSL), Deputy Head (DSL), 2 Assistant Heads, Family Support Worker (DSL), Early Years Lead, Place 2Be Project Manager, Office Manager and Behaviour Mentor, are kept up to date with current research and relevant reports. The Designated Safeguarding Leads attend the Nottingham LA DSL termly networks. Femi Folorunso is our nominated safeguarding governor; he has attended specific LA training for safeguarding governors. Our safeguarding team meets monthly; we devote the beginning of the meeting to relevant training or discussion about new developments or things to be aware of, then we discuss the cases of all pupils we have concerns about, with actions recorded on the minutes. The minutes are then distributed to all teachers, in an encrypted email
In light of the Ofsted Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges, here’s a link to the report itself and to the NSPCC helpline which offers guidance and support to adults and professionals who work with children in education:
And here is Andrew Hall’s summary of the findings:
Place 2 Be’s Parenting Smart website has great advice for parents about how to talk to your children about a whole range of parenting issues: