The health, safety and well-being of all our students 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:
The Designated Safeguarding Lead at Marvell College is:
During school hours:
Contact the school and speak to the Designated Safeguarding Leads. Please contact Julie Trotter on 01482 799132
Out of school hours and during school holidays:
For further guidance please refer to:
The Hull Safeguarding board: Procedures online.
Talk to FRANK: Talk to frank
Educate against hate crime: Educate against hate
Keeping Children Safe in Education: Keeping children safe in education
Working together to Safeguarding Children: Working together to safeguard children
Duty number of the school Nurses:
Tel: 01482 344301 / 336634
Text messaging number: 61825
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The type of behaviour that might be an indication of bullying includes
Please see below some useful links for further information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
How to help keep them safe:
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.”
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:
Tik Tok is a media app that allows pupils to create and share short videos. Below is a link with some tips on how to ensure your child can stay safe if using Tik Tok and is relevant to other social media sites.
1. Designated Teacher for Safeguarding - Miss Amy Wiles
2. Designated E Safety Lead - Miss Amy Wiles
3. Trust Safeguarding Lead - Suzanne Wilson contact Swilson@hcat.org.uk
But now we are in the 21st Century and your children need to be taught e-safety Children access the Internet on: Computers
They blog, chat, enter competitions, social network, email, watch TV online, download and upload information. They are creative at making music, making films and making web content.
Are you worried about their safety whilst accessing the internet? This leaflet will provide you with some basic information to help you feel more confident in supporting your child to be e-safe.
There are many benefits of having access to digital technologies. Here are some of them:
Used effectively, these can improve children’s achievement.
Using them at home and at school develops skills for life.
Children with supportive and involved parents and carers do better at school.
Children enjoy using them.
Using technologies provides access to a wider and more flexible range of learning materials.
You can make a huge difference if you talk to your child about how they use digital technology, let them know you are there to guide them and pass on essential safety advice.
Here are some do’s and don’ts:
A guide for parents about the potential dangers facing their children on the internet, plus advice on what parents can do to help counter these hazards: Internet Safety
Find the latest information on web sites, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it: thinkyouknow
The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) brings together organisations from industry, charities and the public sector to work with the Government to deliver the recommendations from Safer Children in a Digital World consultation:
Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the
Internet a great and safe place for children: www.childnet-int.org
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and providing advice for parents, young people and children about internet safety: CEOP
Or call 01482 616719 for further help and guidance.
Teach your child the internet safety code, Click Clever, Click Safe.
Zip It – Keep your personal stuff private and think about what you say and do online
Block It – Block people who send you nasty messages and don’t open unknown links and attachments.
Flag It – Flag up with someone you trust if anything upsets you or if someone asks to meet you online.