Merrydale Junior School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed here.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Catriona Mugglestone (Headteacher).
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
Mr Antony Corbett (Deputy Headteacher)
Mrs Helen Smith (SENDco)
Mrs Donna O’Connor (Family Support worker)
TBC (Pastoral Support Officer)
Mrs G Williams (Assistant Head)
Mrs Laura Hackett (Assistant Head)
Photographs and Videos
Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.
Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites. This is emphasised before performances.
We understand that in exceptional circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way. Please ensure that the school office is aware of this for our records.
Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We like to use photographs of our children on our website, in school documents, for parent information meetings, newsletters and on our display screens around the school. If you do not wish photographs of your child to be used for these purposes then please contact the school office to ensure that their information is updated.