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Safeguarding at Merrill Academy

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:

Mrs Matthews

Director of Safeguarding/Child Protection

Mrs Scothern

Safeguarding/Child Protection Officer

Mrs Griffiths

Deputy Safeguarding Lead/Child Protection Officer

Richard

Counsellor

Fran

Counsellor

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

Self care summer booklet for students

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-from-abuse-and-harm

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. 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing

 

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
  • Radicalising content
  • 'Sexting' (youth -produced sexual imagery)
  • Cyberbulling
  • Age-appropriate content and parental controls
  • Suicide content
  • Support for children 
 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-parents-and-carers-to-keep-children-safe-online

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.

 

Content includes:

  • 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.

https://news.derby.gov.uk/keeping-the-family-entertained-with-in-derby/



 

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

https://news.derby.gov.uk/covid-19-on-and-offline-scams/

 

Bereavement support

 

Supporting  Bereaved Children During  The Outbreak Of Covid-19

 

Health Chat Line support

 

  

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