Safeguarding Our Pupils
Keeping our children safe is our number one priority!
Florence Melly Community Primary School is committed to safeguarding children and promoting children’s welfare and expects all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment and maintain a vigilant and safe environment. Everyone has a responsibility to act, without delay, to protect children by reporting anything that might suggest a child is being abused or neglected. It is our willingness to work safely and challenge inappropriate behaviours that underpins this commitment. The school seeks to work in partnership with families and other agencies to improve the outcomes for children who are vulnerable or in need.
At Florence Melly Community Primary School we strongly believe that:
‘Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.’ (Keeping Children Safe in Education).
On this page you will find information relating to how we safeguard all stakeholders at our school. We are very proud of our effective policies and procedures and these help to create a strong safeguarding culture at Florence Melly Community Primary School. This was recognised during our most recent Ofsted inspection (June 2019) and in our Autumn term parent/carer questionnaire:
- The school’s pastoral team provides excellent support for vulnerable pupils and their families. There is a clear and effective focus on early intervention. When concerns do arise, staff do all that they can to support pupils’ safety and welfare.
- Leaders provide regular updates for staff on safeguarding matters. Staff fully understand the school’s systems for raising any concerns they might have about a pupil’s safety or well-being.
- Safeguarding records are detailed and well maintained. Appropriate checks are made on all adults who work in school.
- Pupils are taught how to keep themselves safe. Those who met with an inspector had a good understanding of e-safety. Pupils are also taught how to stay safe while out of school, for example, through the cycling course pupils in Year 5 recently completed.
The vast majority of parents who responded to Parent View said their children are safe and well looked after while in school.
- 98% of parents/carers either strongly agreed or agreed that their child feels safe at Florence Melly Community Primary School (Parent/carer questionnaire – October 2023).
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is: Mr Leach. He replaces Mr Baillie, who left our school in January 2024.
Our Safeguarding Team
Mr Leach can be contacted via the school office or email at: email@example.com. Mr Leach is supported by a dedicated team of staff, who will be more than happy to help with any concerns you may have. If you need any safeguarding help or advice, please feel free to contact them.
Mr J Doyle is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and is suitably trained to deputise in Mr Baillie’s absence. He can be contacted via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miss M Campbell is the school’s EHAT Lead. She is also trained to deputise for Mr Baillie as Designated Safeguarding Lead. Miss Campbell can be contacted via: email@example.com.
Mrs O’Keefe is our SENCO and part of the Safeguarding Team at Florence Melly. Mrs O’Keefe can be contacted via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Link Safeguarding and Prevent governor is: James Kilburn. He can be contacted via: email@example.com.
Our school has also trained all members of the Senior Leadership Team to deputise for Mr Leach in his absence, such is our commitment to safeguarding our pupils.
Key Policies and Information
Please access key/statutory policies relating to safeguarding below. Should you require paper versions, please contact the school office. Our Child Protection Policy was updated on 09/01/24 following Mr Baillie (our former DSL) leaving our organisation.
Our Child Protection Policy follows the statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment as set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education (2023). You can access this statutory guidance by clicking this link: Keeping Children Safe in Education.
Worried or concerned about a child or young person?
If you are worried that a child has suffered harm, neglect or abuse or, you are worried that a child may be at risk if suffering harm should contact Careline (0151 233 3700). If you think a child is in immediate danger call for police assistance.
Additional Advice and Guidance
If you require further advice, guidance or information about any safeguarding issue or subject. Please come into school to discuss the matter further.