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At The Marvell College we endeavour at all times, to provide a happy and stimulating environment where staff, pupils, parents, carers and visitors feel safe and welcome. 

All adults are vigilant in ensuring that the safeguarding of our school community is at the forefront of all we do. Any concerns regarding the wellbeing of children are appropriately shared with the safeguarding team specifically concerning physical and emotional abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse. 

We are committed to promoting the welfare of all children by working in partnership with parents, with the Local Authority and with all relevant agencies and partners in Child Protection in accordance with locally agreed procedures and practices.   If we are concerned that your child may be at risk of abuse or neglect, we must follow the procedures outlined in our Child Protection Policy.  In most circumstances, we will inform you of our concerns and tell you if we feel we must make a referral to Children’s Social Care or the police.  However, if we think that talking to you first might in some way increase the risk to your child, we will report our concerns to Children’s Social Care and take advice on the best way to proceed.

Support for students with additional needs

At The Marvell College we are able to meet the needs of students with a range of abilities including those with physical, learning, social and speech and communication difficulties.  Led by our experienced Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and highly qualified and dedicated support staff, we ensure these students are provided with the intensive support and care that they require to take part, achieve well and feel safe. Specialist teaching provision provides a nurturing environment for some of our most vulnerable children and an extended transition period is available to ensure that these children have the best start to secondary education.

During our induction period and throughout their time at our school, we are focused on building particularly strong relationships with the families of these students and have staff who work with families to ensure an holistic approach is taken to meet the needs of each child. 

 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 Children’s Social Care, Access & Assessment Team on 01482 448879

·  If you have concerns about a child at The Marvell College which you believe the school need to be aware of, then email Suzanne Wilson (Strategic Safeguarding Lead for HCAT): Ms Wilson will make contact with a key member of staff from the school on your behalf.