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.
More information can be found in our policies and procedures relating to Child Protection, Safeguarding Policy and E-safety.
Within school we have seven DSLs who are; Nik Foster - Headteacher, Asif Esat - Deputy Head KS2, Lisa Cooke - Deputy Head KS1/EYFS, Stephanie Chamberlain - Assistant Head KS1, Antony Hibble Assistant Head KS2, Jade Pope Assistant Head EYFS and Kelly Stone - Safeguarding and Welfare Lead. All DSL's undertake regular Designated Safeguarding Lead training. Bhavesh Chouhan is the school's nominated Safeguarding Governor. The Headteacher takes the lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection. However day to day management of child concerns and related safeguarding activities are delegated to the Safeguarding and Welfare Lead.
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.
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.
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