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Merton

Infant School

Aiming High, Achieving Together

About Safeguarding

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and expect all our school community to share this commitment.  Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility; staff, volunteers, Governors and parents.  We actively maintain a strong safeguarding culture, believing 'it can happen here' whilst implementing our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies. All staff and Governors are trained annually on Safeguarding practices and procedures.  Our policy and practice is in line with, and supports, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and all national statutory requirements.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare for example Children Services, Early Help Hub, health and police. We will ensure that our concerns about our children are discussed with his/her Parents/Carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

 

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is:

Headteacher - Mrs Larissa James

 

Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSLs) are:

            Deputy Headteacher – Mrs Zoe Wisken

            Inclusion Manager – Mrs Sophie Durbajlo

            School Business Manager – Mrs Paula Bennett

 

Our Designated Safeguarding Governor is:

            Chair of Governors – Mrs Emily Mean

 

What to do if you are concerned:

If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please contact the school office so that they can immediately find a DSL for you to talk to.

Alternatively, you can call Hampshire Children’s Services on 0300 555 1384 or the Police.

Equally if your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) please ask to speak to the DSL in confidence, or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Headteacher and procedures will be followed.

 

How to support your child - Reinforce the NSPCC PANTS rule which helps children understand that their body belongs to them and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/pants-underwear-rule/

 

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