Meriden CE Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We ensure that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as "Designated Safeguarding Leads" in school.
We are committed to educating the children in our care around E-safety issues, fully preparing them with life-long skills for the 21st Century. However, there’s lots that can be done at home!
Planning to talk to your child about sex, relationships and their lives online can be tricky. Thinkuknow is a fantastic resource for schools and parents to help guide their children in these difficult subjects. Simply click on the ‘Think U Know’ logo and filter by age on the side menu.
Innocent searches online can lead to not so innocent results. But parental controls can help keep your child safe. If you want to know how to set these up, have a look at this great guide from the NSPCC.
Do you know the risks around Child Sexual Exploitation? This video from the Blast Project seeks to highlight the warning signs of grooming.
Cause for Concern:
Teachers are asked to report any causes for concern to the School Safeguarding Team using an online recording process called CPOMS. Any concerns will be shared with parents as early as possible as more often than not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children ‘disclosing’ concerns. Serious concerns will immediately be referred to the Referral and Assessment Team for the Local Authority as per our Child Protection Policy.
All lateness and absences are recorded by the Attendance co-ordinators, Sarah Parker and Stephen Beamond. Reasons will be sought for all the absence or lateness. Attendance is monitored through these systems and referrals to the Safeguarding Team can be made. Parents will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point. If attendance concerns continue, the school will refer to the Education Welfare Officer.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Lucy Anderton, Headteacher. She is supported by Sarah Parker, Family Community Mentor and Sue Frankish, SENCO.
Our Safeguarding Governor is Rosie Weaver.
We have six qualified first aiders who will assess any injuries. They are Lisa Evans, Sarah Davis, Sarah Parker, Marie Woollard, Gary Leek and Ronnie Bradnock.
Our single central record is managed by Melanie Smith. All schools are required by the DfE to maintain a single central record (SCR) of recruitment vetting checks. It is used to log all safer recruitment checks, including details of List 99 and/or DBS checks. Checks are made on all staff who are employed to work in the school, all staff who are employed on a supply or causal basis, whether employed directly by the school or through an agency, all volunteers who have regular contact with children (this includes Governors) and people brought into the school to provide additional teaching or instruction for pupils who are not staff members, for example sports coaches or music teachers.