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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, Safeguarding Officer. 

The following members of staff have also received the Designated Person training: Ms N Smith, Mr V French, Mr S Pollock, Ms Z Glass. 

Our Safeguarding Governor is: Alice Hurrell

For more information see Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy from the menu.

Students, parents and other adults can report a safeguarding concern using the link available at the bottom right hand side of every page in this website.


In an increasingly digital world it’s important that our students, 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.

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

PREVENTion of Radicalisation

PREVENT Lead at Melbourn Village College is: Mr John Barnes – Assistant Principal –

We are all here to protect students and young people from harm. It can be hard to know when extreme views become something dangerous. And the signs of radicalisation are not always obvious.

It might be nothing, it might be something. But whatever you are worried about, here is some information and links to resources to help.

Radicalisation is the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies. If you are worried someone close to you is becoming radicalised act early and seek help. The sooner you reach out, the quicker we can protect the person you care about from being groomed and exploited by extremists.

Police forces across the country have specially trained Prevent Officers who work alongside other organisations through a Home Office programme called Prevent to help people vulnerable to radicalisation move away from violent extremism.

Friends and family are best placed to spot the signs, so trust your instincts.

Radicalisation can be very difficult to spot. Signs that may indicate a child is being radicalised include:

  • Social withdrawal and isolation.
  • Difficult and moody behaviour.
  • Increased internet use.
  • New friends, clothing, change of appearance.
  • Loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy.
  • Following extremist material through social media.
  • Resentment to authority figures and “use” vs “them” mentality.
  • Increasingly secretive.
  • Inappropriate language.
  • Scripted speech.
  • Intolerance to views of others.

To find out more about how to help someone close to you below are some resources to provide guidance and support:

Staff at Melbourn Village College are trained on PREVENTion of Radicalisation to be aware of the threat, spotting the signs and how to report any concerns.

Report a Concern

If you are concerned about a student or young person at Melbourn Village College email the PREVENT Lead, Mr John Barnes

If this is of an urgent matter, please call 101 or in an emergency always call 999.


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