Melbourne Infant School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. We want all children to enjoy school, develop active and healthy lifestyles and feel safe. Safeguarding and promoting excellent behaviour are key priorities to ensure that children feel happy and safe at school at all times and are free from incidences of bullying.
Parents should be aware that the school is required to take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils. In cases where the school has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, the Headteacher is obliged to follow the Child Protection procedures established by the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children board and inform Children’s Social Care of the concern.
We are committed to giving our children a secure and encouraging environment where children's spiritual, moral and cultural development is enhanced through delivery of the curriculum in general and through our PSHCE and Computing Scheme of works. If you wish to view our Safeguarding Policies please click here.
Our Designated Safeguard Lead and Deputy are
Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Our Designated Safeguarding Governor is Sarah Butler.
We asked some children from the Blue Learning Team to design a poster so the rest of the children in school know and understand who they can talk to if they are feeling worried or unsafe about things at home or at school. The children then explained the poster to all the different classes.
There may also be times when adults are concerned about children in the community.
If so, then you can contact:
DCC's Child Protection department on 01629 533190 or The NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.
Please don't ignore concerns; child protection is everyone's responsibility.
Early Help is the identification of, and response to, emerging problems for children, young people and their families. It is a way of working that supports families, children and young people to overcome difficulties and build their resilience so that problems do not escalate. Supporting children and families to thrive, live and engage happily in their communities.
Effective delivery of Early Help is based on a clear understanding of local needs and appreciation of local conditions influencing the lives of children, young people and their families. Schools and locally based professionals contribute to the development of a rich local Early Help offer; working across domains of health, education, community safety and the voluntary sector.
Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership has developed policies, procedures and guidance to support all professionals to provide Early Help. This includes the Early Help Assessment (EHA) and Team Around the Family (TAF) processes. They provide support for schools to initiate their Early Help work; Early Help advisors and youth and community engagement workers can provide local support to connect with community based services.
If a child’s needs require a more targeted support package then schools can complete the online request for support form with Starting Point. This request will be triaged and a decision will made on how best to support the child and family.
Teams across the county focus on:
- 0-5 year olds including a children's centre offer helping families with bonding and attachment during pregnancy and infancy, development milestones including speech and language and school readiness.
- Family and youth support, providing parenting support in groups or at home and targeted youth groups in community settings.
Melbourne Infant School uses Children First, Derby, to support families in need of early help support. Please see their website for more information and to access their complaint procedure.
Please contact Mrs Gibbs if you would like more information.
We recognise that parents, carers and family members may wish to record events such as school plays, sports day etc, to celebrate their child's achievements. Mobile phones are only permitted in school on these occasions. It is important that such records remain private and for family and personal use only. Please be very careful if putting your children's images on the internet, including social networking sites. If you wish to put these images online, please ensure there are no other children within the picture, or you have obtained permission of the parents or carers of other children concerned.
Important Contact Details
Starting Point (For all Safeguarding Concerns)
Telephone: 01629 533190
NSPCC - National Helpline
Resources To Help Parents
Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors
At school we teach online safety skills as part of our computing curriculum. It is also taught throughout the curriculum as and when teachers need to access the internet.
The children have come up with some top tips that we all follow in school. This is the poster we use;