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Safeguarding

The health, safety and well-being of all our pupils and staff at The Marvell College is paramount.

Our priority is to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We know that children thrive better and are able to reach their full potential when we all work closely together. Child Protection is a crucial part of school life. All staff receive regular training on how to keep children safe. Every member of the school community has a responsibility to keep all children safe.

Staff at The Marvell College have a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it may have about a child in need of protection with other agencies and in particular Children’s Social Care, Police or Health. Our priority is to work with parents/carers, there may be times however, when we have to involve other people. Schools are not able to investigate concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances, the school will be able to inform the parents/carer of its need to make a referral. There are occasions when the school is advised by children’s social care or police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter. We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the interests of the child.

Parents are the most important people at keeping their children safe.  You should always:

  • Feel confident to raise concerns about your child.
  • Talk to us if you need help or support.
  • Read the our policies about safety issues
  • Let the us know if your child has a medical condition 
  • Let the school know if there is a change in your circumstances such as a house move, a new contact number, a change of name, a change of parental responsibility, emergency contacts  
  • Let the school know if you have any court orders relating to the safety of your child

The Designated Safeguarding Lead at Marvell College is:

Lisa Allen

Senior Assistant Headteacher                                                    

What to do if you have a concern about a child attending The Marvell College

During school hours:

  • Contact the school and speak to the Child Protection Coordinator. Please contact Julie Trotter on 01482 799132

or

  • Contact the Access and Assessment team for Hull on 01482 448879

Out of school hours and during school holidays:

  • If your concern is urgent and there is an immediate risk of harm, then contact the police on 999.
  • If your concern is less urgent but you are worried about the welfare of the child, then contact the Access and Assessment team for Hull on 01482 448879.
  • If you have concerns about a child at Marvell College, which you believe the school needs to be aware of, then email 

Suzanne Wilson (Strategic Safeguarding Lead for HCAT):     swilson@hcat.org.uk  

Mrs Wilson will make contact with a key member of staff from the school on your behalf.

At The Marvell College we are committed to this and look forward to our continuing close partnership with you in the future

For further guidance please refer to:

The Hull Safeguarding board:    http://www.proceduresonline.com/hull/scb/).

NSPCC.org.uk  https://www.nspcc.org.uk

Talk to FRANK:  http://www.talktofrank.com/

Childline:  https://www.childline.org.uk/

Educate against hate crime: http://educateagainsthate.com/

Bullying

We take all cases of bullying very seriously and will work with children and families to try and resolve any problems. We ask that if you suspect your child or any other child at The Marvell College is being bullied, you report it as soon as possible to the relevant Year team. We have an anti-bullying policy, which can be accessed on request via our school office.

You know your child best so will be aware if something seems wrong. Spotting the signs that a child is being bullied;

The type of behaviour that might be an indication of bullying includes 

  • a reluctance to go to school;
  • unexplained tummy upsets or headaches;
  • showing signs of distress on a Sunday night or at the end of school holidays;
  • becoming either quiet or withdrawn, or playing up;
  • torn clothes and missing belongings;
  • seeming upset after using their phone, tablets, computers etc; and 
  • wanting to leave for school much earlier than necessary or returning home late

Please see below some useful links for further information.

https://www.anti-bullyingallia...

https://www.kidshealth.org/en/...

https://www.bullying.co.uk

Online Safety

As a parent/carer, the world of online safety can be confusing and overwhelming. There is so much information out there and often the children are so much further ahead in their understanding.

E-Safety is just as important as teaching your child about stranger danger or what to do in a fire. As a school we promote e-safety in all aspects of ICT usage. Below are some useful links for national organisations that offer practical advice and guidance on how to keep your child safe on-line.  

http://www.thinkyouknow.co.uk/...

www.childnet-int.org

www.getsafeonline.org/

www.kidsmart.org.uk/

http://parents.vodafone.com/

Online Gaming

Childnet International is an organisation who works with others to help make the internet a safe place and offer the latest advice.

Childnet have updated their guide to help parents and carers get to grips with their children’s online gaming.

The guide offers basic, but extremely useful hints and tips on how they can keep their children safe online.

http://www.childnet.com/blog/o...

Self Harm.

Understanding self-harm

Self-harm can cover a range of things that people do to themselves in a deliberate and harmful way. Although cutting is the most common form of self-harm, other methods include head banging, hair pulling, burning and scalding, biting, scratching, stabbing, breaking bones, swallowing objects, self-poisoning and overdosing.

By injuring themselves, children and young people are asserting a form of self- control on their life which they feel is otherwise chaotic and meaningless. Self-harm is a way of coping and of channelling frustration and other strong emotions. In the vast majority of cases, it is not a suicide attempt, but rather a way to let off steam.

Apart from the physical symptoms of self-harm, there are other clues to watch out for if you are concerned about your child. Your child may seem very down and talk about being a failure or feeling unhappy. They may take to wearing many layers of clothes, or trying to hide or downplay injuries.

What you can do about self-harm

  • Show you understand. Whatever your relationship to a child, discovering they're self-harming will inevitably have a big emotional effect on you.
  • Talk it over
  • Discover the triggers.
  • Build their confidence.
  • Show you trust them and they can trust you.
  • Help them find new ways to cope.

Useful websites:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preve...

https://youngminds.org.uk/find...

https://www.childline.org.uk/

https://www.mind.org.uk/Self-H...

Radicalisation and Extremism.

There have been many reports in the media recently of young people being targeted by adults and peers who hold extreme views that advocate violence. Some young people have been persuaded to leave the country in secret and against the wishes of their family, putting themselves in extreme danger as a result. ‘Extremism’ is where someone holds views that are intolerant of people who are of a different belief, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender or sexual identity. For young people, a key part of growing up is exploring new ideas and critically questioning the world around them, and this should be encouraged in order to help them develop their understanding of the world and learn the values of tolerance and acceptance. However, this needs to be balanced against the need to protect young people from radicalisation and extremism.

What to look out for;

  • Out of character changes in dress, behaviour and beliefs.
  • Changes in their friendship group or associating with people who hold extremist beliefs.
  • Losing interest in previous activities.
  • Changes in use of social media with increased secrecy.
  • Showing sympathy for extremist causes.
  • Advocating extremist messages.
  • Glorifying violence.

How to help keep them safe;

  • Make sure you know where your child is and who they are with; find out about your child’s friends and their families.
  • Be aware of your child’s online activity and check which social media sites they are visiting; report any sites that you have concerns about.
  • Talk to your child about their lives and their interests; encourage them to take up positive activities with local groups that you trust.
  •  Help your child to be critically aware of what they see on the TV or the internet; encourage them to see different points of view and help them to develop tolerance for others.

Useful websites:

http://educateagainsthate.com/...

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-...

https://www.humberside.police....

Alcohol and drugs

Most teenagers have begun experimenting with alcohol by their mid-teens but this doesn’t make it any less worrying for parents. Relate family counsellor, Denise Knowles said:

“Underage drinking can have a huge impact on teenager’s lives. Not only are young people who drink regularly at risk of liver damage but alcohol can also affect their mental health, sexual behaviour and achievement in the classroom. Lots of parents have concerns about their teenagers and alcohol but find it difficult to communicate effectively, which can put the relationship under strain. The truth is it’s never too early or too late to have an open conversation about drinking and to lay down some ground rules.”

  • Talking to your teenager about alcohol: Relate’s tips for parents
  • Talk to your teen openly and honestly about the risks associated with alcohol.  The Drinkaware (drinkaware.org.uk) website is a good source of information.
  • Put rules in place - research shows that teens that have rules around alcohol are less likely to get drunk.  Sit down with your teen and agree some boundaries together.
  • If your teen does come home drunk, don’t talk to them about it until they’ve sobered up.  Your son or daughter is unlikely to be able to think clearly while under the influence and the conversation is more likely to end in an argument.
  • If they’ve been drinking, explain why you’re upset or concerned - tell them that you really love and care about them and that you’re scared for their safety when they drink. 
  • Avoid adopting a blaming position. It may help to reflect on your own experiences of alcohol as a teenager.
  • Bear in mind your responsibility as a role model when it comes to your own drinking.  This may affect their response to the way you communicate with them.

Useful websites;

www.familylives.org.uk/advice/...

https://www.relate.org.uk/rela...

www.talktofrank.com/worried-ab...

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preve...

Child Sexual Exploitation

Child sexual exploitation can be hard to detect and abusers are very clever in their manipulation. Some young people won’t even be aware that it is happening to them.

It’s not always easy to know what our children are up to or if anything is bothering them, but any combination of these tell-tale signs is a strong indicator that something is wrong and you should get help.

Some signs may be;

  • Regularly using drugs or drinking alcohol
  • Mood swings, aggression towards others
  • Truancy or a drop in performance at school
  • Self-harm – e.g. cutting or eating disorders
  • Change in appearance, or borrowing clothes from others
  • Unexplained relationships with older people
  • Staying out late, not returning home
  • Unexplained gifts, expensive clothes, mobile phones
  • Unexplained money, frequently taking part in activities requiring money



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