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:
Director of Safeguarding/Child Protection
Safeguarding/Child Protection Officer
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
In addition to the above,
students and parents can access 'ChatHealth' if:
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
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.
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