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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

Mrs D Illston

Mental Health Lead

School health service within Merrill Academy:

Merrill Academy work in close partnership with the Specialist Community Public Health Nurse team and benefit from school drop ins and arranged appointments on a weekly basis. These are delivered by our current school health team which consist of Joanne Mitchell, Diane Smith, Terrie Bottomley and Debbie Adams. The school health service provides an opportunity for students to talk about a range of topics such as sexual health, relationships, emotional health, drug and alcohol use and physical health. Please see below a You Tube clip on what to expect if your child attends a drop-in session with the school health team:



There is also an option for students to attend a virtual school nurse drop-in service. The service is for children aged 13-19 years, it’s available each weekday from 3pm until 5 pm and it’s an Attend Anywhere video consultation with a member of the school nursing team. 



In addition to the above, students and parents can access 'ChatHealth' if:

  • You are a student aged 11-19 and want advice or have any worries about sexual health, relationships, emotional health, drugs and alcohol use or physical health, text the Young People's ChatHealth service on 07507 327104


If you are a parent or carer for a child aged between 0 -19 and want advice or have any worries around bedwetting/soiling, concerns about hearing or vision, emotional wellbeing, behaviour or speech concerns, you can text the Parents and Carers ChatHealth service on 07507327754 


Useful Links and Documents 

Safeguarding Policy 2020 - 2021

Mental Health Policy

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

Lock Down 3.0

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
  • Radicalising content
  • 'Sexting' (youth -produced sexual imagery)
  • Cyberbulling
  • Age-appropriate content and parenta
  • l controls
  • Suicide content
  • Support for children

Online safety advice regarding radicalisation online, please see the website 'Let's Talk About It' on 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.


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


Bereavement support


Supporting  Bereaved Children During  The Outbreak Of Covid-19



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