At Merriott School we take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously. A duty is placed on the school and governing body to protect and promote the welfare of children. We are strongly committed to promoting the safety and wellbeing of the children within our community by following the guidelines offered by Department for Education (DFE) and the Somerset Safeguarding Board. We are also committed to working in partnership with other agencies such as Social Care and Health, the local Health Authority, Parent and Family Support and the Police to keep children in our care safe.
If there is any cause for concern over the wellbeing of a child within our school community, all staff, pupils, volunteers and parents should be aware of who to contact within the school staff.
The school's designated person for Child Protection is Miss Anne Higginbotham (Executive Headteacher).
We also ensure all staff have undertaken basic safeguarding awareness training which includes being trained to spot the signs and symptoms of abuse or neglect in children. If a child discloses any concerning information to an adult working in our school, the adult is asked not to question the child or comment on the disclosure. A designated child protection person is informed as soon as possible and a factual record of the disclosure is made. All concerns which are brought to our attention are recorded confidentially as recommended by the Somerset Safeguarding Children's Board. Disclosures made which compromise the safety of an individual cannot be kept a secret. The Somerset Safeguarding Children's Board can be contacted directly on 0300 123 2224.
Our Child Protection Policy is available in our School Policies Section or from the school office on request.
Furthermore our school encourages its pupils to support the following rights and responsibilities. These agreed rights and responsibilities empower them to stay happy and safe.
STC rights and responsibilities.pdf