Safeguarding Our Pupils
Keeping our children safe is our number one priority!
Child Protection Statement
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 – DfE, 2019)
We are committed to ensuring the safety of all our children. We have a detailed New Child Protection Policy 2019/20 which explains the procedures that the staff must follow in order to protect our children. This policy follows new statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment as set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education..
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr A Leach, Designated Safeguarding Lead. Mr Leach can be contacted on 0151 226 1929 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Leach is supported by a dedicated team of staff, who will be more than happy to help with any concerns you may have.
Mr J Doyle is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and is suitably trained to deputise in Mr Leach’s absence. He can be contacted via email at: email@example.com
Miss M Campbell is the school’s EHAT Lead. She is also trained to deputise for Mr Leach as Designated Safeguarding Lead. Miss Campbell can be contacted via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Findell is our SENCO and part of the Safeguarding Team at Florence Melly. Mrs Findell can be contacted via email at: email@example.com
Our school has also trained two further senior leaders to deputise for Mr Leach in his absence. They are: Mr Baillie (our Assistant Headteacher and Inclusion Lead): firstname.lastname@example.org and Miss Foley: email@example.com.
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 on 0151 233 3700. If you think a child is in immediate danger call for police assistance.
Please use the links below which signpost you to some key documentation relating to safeguarding:
Safeguarding Across the Curriculum
Please use the links below to see how we at Florence Melly Community Primary School provide opportunities to teach safeguarding across our curriculum. This is the ‘Safeguarding Calendar’ for the 2017/18 academic year. This year’s Safeguarding Curriculum Map is currently being developed and is very much a working document. We are always looking for new opportunities to teach our pupils about safeguarding and these are added to the calendar as the year progresses. Keeping Children Safe in Education (2018) sets out our statutory responsibility to do this in paragraphs 85 and 86:
Opportunities to teach safeguarding
85. Governing bodies and proprietors should ensure that children are taught about safeguarding, including online safety. Schools should consider this as part of providing a broad and balanced curriculum.
86. This may include covering relevant issues through Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education (formerly known as Sex and Relationship Education), tutorials (in colleges) and/or where delivered, through Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education.
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Additional Advice and Guidance
YOUNG CARERS – A young carer is defined in law as a “person under 18 who provides or intends to provide care to another person”. This includes “providing practical or emotional support” (Children and Families Act, 2014). The young carer may provide care or support to someone with a physical illness/disability, including mental ill health, sensory disability or has problematic use of drugs or alcohol. Young Carers are a vulnerable and disadvantaged group, who often experience difficulties in their education. They can often go unnoticed. Without support, they can struggle to attend school and make good progress. Identifying and supporting young carers is an effective way of improving the attainment and attendance of this pupil group. Our school are proactive in identifying and supporting young carers. Further information and support can be obtained via Barnardo’s Action with Young Carers or by speaking to a member of our safeguarding team.
A Sample of the Latest Safeguarding Activities/Events for our Pupils
A Sample of the Latest Safeguarding Activities/Events for our Parents/Carers and Staff
NSPCC Online Safety Workshop for Parents
Thank you to Zoe from the NSPCC and our wonderfully supportive parents for attending the online safety coffee morning this morning! This workshop formed part of our ongoing relationship with the NSPCC who have provided expert workshops and assemblies on ‘Share Aware’ and ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’. Keep an eye out on our website and Twitter feed for the up and coming PANTS themed week. Keeping our children safe is our number one priority!
Mermaids UK Training for our Staff
Our staff enjoyed a fantastic after school safeguarding training session from
Keeping our Children Safe and Florence Melly
A huge thank you to the School Improvement Liverpool Safeguarding Team (particularly Yvonne) for delivering our annual safeguarding and child protection training on Thursday 19th April 2018. The sessions were attended by all staff, governors and volunteers. At Florence Melly we pride ourselves on how safe our school is and how safe our pupils feel and updating the skills of our staff is an important aspect of maintaining a strong safeguarding culture.
Playtime with Pantasaurus
The NSPCC has partnered with Aardman Animations to produce a free app for iOS and Android devices to help keep young children safe from sexual abuse. Playtime with Pantosaurus features four fun mini games where players can test their skills against Pantosaurus and his friends whilst learning the PANTS rule to keep themselves safe. This is a great app, why not download it? You can find links to the Apple App and Google Play stores in the latest news section of our website.
Digital Parenting Magazine
Safeguarding our pupils is our number one priority at Florence Melly and we are delighted to bring you the new issue of Digital Parenting magazine. ‘Digital Parenting’ is an online safety guide for families as part of a partnership between Parent Zone and Vodafone and is distributed to families through schools and other youth and family organisations. The magazine has advice from teachers, parents and online safety experts on subjects ranging from Virtual Reality, to body image in the social media age, to live streaming. It has tips from online safety experts, parents and children and young people themselves. In this issue, they have an updated guide to setting parental controls on apps and devices and information on gaming and keeping kids safe while they play. The online version of the magazine can be accessed using this link: https://parentzone.org.uk/digital-parenting-online-safety-magazine-archive
Tackle Child Abuse
You may be aware of information published by the DfE regarding the ‘Tackle Child Abuse’ campaign. It revisits the key message that safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility. The campaign is regularly being aired on local radio stations. More information can be found by clicking this link: https://tacklechildabuse.campaign.gov.uk/
We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect. Many people do not act because they’re worried about being wrong. You don’t have to be absolutely certain; if you’re concerned a child is being abused or their safety is at risk, speak to someone. Following these simple steps and reporting your concerns to your local council could provide the missing piece of information that is needed to keep a child safe.
Child abuse. If you think it, report it. Anything you notice can help a child at risk!
Thank you for your continued support.
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. Alternatively, you can access a wealth of information online using the links below.