Merrill Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We are fully committed to ensure that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at the Academy
If you have a concern about a child outside of school hours, including school holidays, please contact Children and Young people's services on 01332 641172
These professionals in school are all here to help:
School health team:
- Lesley Smales, Julie Straw and Terrie Bottomley
- C Card drop in service- Wednesday
- School nurse drop in service – Thursday
Useful Links and Documents
New Current Safeguarding Policy 2019 -2020
Safeguarding and Child Protection COVID-19 school closure amendments – Appendix 14
Emotional and mental health support pack for staff and students
NHS Schools Health Team delivered activities/campaigns 2019/2020
Gaming: What parents and carers need to know
Sharing pictures of your children online
Keeping your under 5's safe online
Live streaming: responding to the risks
Using parental controls
CSE letter to parents
What is Instagram English leaflet
What is Instagram Slovak leaflet
Think u know 14 home activity sheet 1
Think u know 11 -13 home activity sheet
Online safety support for families
Think You Know 11-13 Online Safety
Think You Know 14+ Online Safety
Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be accessed via the Government document below. This document also offers support regarding financial concerns for any parent or carer.
The Home office has provided guidance and support for parents and carers to keep children safe from different risks online, it includes:
Keeping your child safe online
What harms might my child experience online?
Child sexual abuse
'Sexting' (youth -produced sexual imagery)
Age-appropriate content and parental controls
Support for children
Online safety advice regarding radicalisation online, please see the website 'Let's Talk About It' on https://www.ltai.info for up to date information on what radicalisation is, how to spot the signs as well as resources and support for any parents who may have concerns.
Keeping the family entertained with In Derby
Keeping children of all ages busy is one of the challenges facing families during the COVID-19 pandemic, so the team at In Derby are looking closer to home during the restrictions brought in to keep everyone safe. While all local venues remain closed, the In Derby website is focusing on things to keep families entertained at home.
- Ideas for families with younger children and ideas for older children and teenagers
- Top ten books for children, available to borrow for free as ebooks or audiobooks
- Family days out in the city centre includes virtual tours of Derby Museum and Art Gallery, climbing up Derby Cathedral Tower, tours of exhibitions at QUAD and Déda
- The Woodland Trust activities
- Harry Potter At Home – official, online wizarding activities
- Let’s Create, a Facebook page set up by Babbling Vagabonds Storytelling Theatre, for fun and creative things to do.
- Swim England activities to download, including activities to teach about water safety
- Crafty ideas for older children
- Derby Active at Home, packed with online workout classes to try at home, including a basic gymnastics routine that is suitable for children.
Crimestoppers (A blog repost) Take Five to Stop Fraud
Just like this virus, criminals are targeting the vulnerable.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 there has been an increase in cybercrime and fraud. Take Five is a national campaign that offers advice to help everyone protect themselves from preventable financial fraud