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.
To ensure we fulfil this responsibility at Melbourn Village College, all professionals are trained to ensure their approach is child-centred; what is in the best interest of the child at all times. No single professional can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns and the sharing of information, on a 'need to know' basis. The Safeguarding Team will ensure the information is collated and dealt with appropriately.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is: John Barnes, Assistant Head Teacher.
The The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) is: Caroline Deadman, Pastoral Liaison Officer.
The following members of staff have also received the Designated Person training: Emma Tidby, Kerry Sage, Vinnie French, Anna Ghale, Amanda Bentley, Zoe Glass.
Our Safeguarding Governor is: Sue Wiliamson (Chair of Governing Body)
For more information see Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy from the left menu.
In an increasingly digital world it’s important that our pupils, parents and carers feel that their information is protected and safe. This is why we have a robust Data Protection Policy.
A guide to Online Safety: Sexting and the Law can be downloaded here.
Guidance for parents/carers on the use of Parental Control settings can be dounloaded here.
The Breck Foundation is a self-funding charity which raises awareness about ‘playing safe’ while using the internet. www.breckfoundation.org
The following websites also help parents and children understand the risks associated with internet use and are aimed at different age groups.
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced, or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button below.
If you are experiencing online bullying or something else online has worried you please speak to an adult you trust, or you can talk to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk.