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 they 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 parents/carers 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 The Marvell College is:
Miss Sarah Willson, 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 Designated Safeguarding Leads. 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:
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: email@example.com
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.”
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
Please see below some useful links for further information.
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.
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.
The Marvell College is an inclusive school for all children. We are currently working towards The Rainbow Flag Award which focuses on positive LGBTQ+ inclusion and a commitment to improving the lives of all young people we work with.
We have currently obtained the skilled teacher award which identifies that all staff recognise and consistently challenge and report LGBTQ+phobia. In addition, staff confidentiality use positive and appropriate language around LGBTQ+ identities. Examples of this terminology can be found here: List of LGBTQ+ terms (stonewall.org.uk)
We offer two separate confidential Youth Groups for young people identifying as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or Questioning. We keep our membership confidential to protect your privacy, as not all of our group members are "out" to their families and peers.
You don't have to be sure which labels fit just yet; you still have a place with us. People come to the groups for all sorts of reasons, but one of the most popular is to make friends and meet other like-minded people.
Yorkshire Mesmac Hull deliver focused work with various communities including Gay, Bisexual and other Men who have Sex with Men (MSM).
Webiste- Home - Yorkshire MESMAC
Cornerhouse (Yorkshire) is a Young People's service offering support in Hull and East Yorkshire. They offer a range of services for the LGBT community including access to condoms and lubricant, information, one to one offering support on coming out, sexuality, HIV and gender issues and support in reporting hate crimes.
A safe and confidential space for LGBT+ young people between the ages of 14 and 25. They offer a space to have a laugh, get support and meet new friends.
Dedicated to supporting parents and their lesbian, gay and bisexual daughters and sons. They offer support to local parents groups and contacts, in their efforts to help parents and families understand, accept and support their lesbian, gay and bisexual members with love and pride.
PFLAG provides free support for parents, friends and family of LGBT+ people in the UK. They offer free resources for parents of LGBT+ children, information for friends and family of LGBT+ people, as well as useful and general support.
Children’s social, emotional mental health (SEMH) is paramount to their overall development. We are aware that a lot of children’s experiences’ can affect their SEMH including the impacts of Covid, and school closures.
The Marvell College educates young people about positive mental health through our pastoral and PSHE curriculum, but are aware that some children may require additional support. There is a wide variety of support available in school through specialised staff, as well as utilising outside agencies for more specialist support such as Camhs and Mind.
Please find below support available for both parents/guardians and students.
Please speak to your child’s year team or the safeguarding team regarding the support available in school.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are services that support young people experiencing poor mental health, or difficult feelings or experiences. CAMHS can work with schools, charities and local authorities.
Normally you need a referral from your doctor, but some services also accept referrals from:
If your child is in crisis please call this number- 0800 0516 171
24/7 information and advice or support to children, young people or their parents/carers. If you or someone you know is feeling down, please remember that you are not alone and we are here for you 24 hours a day. We are here to provide information, advice or support to children, young people or their parent carers.
Contact Details: 01482 240133 Freephone 0800 1380990 Text: 07520 633 477
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter @MindHEY
HOW ARE YOU FEELING?
There will be times when families need support. There are a group of services in Hull collectively known as Early Help who can support families at these times and make problems easier to understand and quicker to solve.
Families can seek support from a professional who is currently known to the family, for example a Health Professional or a member of staff at your child’s school or can make a self-referral.
North Locality Hub Tel: 01482 828 901
East Locality Hub Tel: 01482 708 953
West Locality Hub Tel: 01482 305 770
Please speak to your tutor, trusted adult, year team or the safeguarding team regarding the support available in school.
If you are concerned about a friend or another young person in school, also speak to your tutor, trusted adult, year team or the safeguarding team regarding the support available in school.
Young Minds provide young people with tools to look after their mental health. The website is full of advice and information on what to do if you’re struggling with how you feel. Support is also available for parents and adults who work with young people, to be the best support they can be to the young people in their lives.
Young Minds Textline: Provides free, 24/7 text support for young people across the UK experiencing a mental health crisis. All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors.rs.
Young Minds Textline: Text YM to 85258.
If you’re under 19 you can confidentially call, chat online or email about any problem big or small. You can sign up for a free Childline locker (real name or email address not needed) to use the free 1-2-1 counsellor chat and email support service. Hosts online message boards where you can share your experiences, have fun and get support from other young people in similar situations.
Contact number: 0800 11 11
Website: Childline | Childline
Contact number: 116 123
The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. We are here to help you take on any challenge you are facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to us via our online community, on social, through our free, confidential helpline or our counselling service.
Kootth is an online service offering free, safe and anonymous support.
WEBSITE- Home - Kooth
Turn 2 Us for young people aged 11-16yrs (secondary school age) offering young people the opportunity to have a chat with a youth worker who can provide information advice and guidance (IAG) and support with low level emotional well-being issues.
Turn 2 Us is 1x weekly lunch time drop in available in every Secondary school in Hull during term time and during the holiday periods as Turn 2 Us outreach in open spaces within local communities.
Turn 2 Us is also available as 121 bookable chats (up to 5 sessions) with a youth worker in local HCC youth centres and in some secondary schools. Young people can contact their local youth centre to book a Turn 2 Us appointment without referral.
Setting: East Hull - Andrew Marvell Youth Centre
Contact number: 791226
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.
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.
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.
Show you understand. Whatever your relationship to a child, discovering they're self-harming will inevitably have a big emotional effect on you.
SCHOOL SPECIFIC INFORMATION
1. Designated Teacher for Safeguarding - Miss Sarah Willson
2. Designated E Safety Lead - Miss Sarah Willson
3. Trust Safeguarding Lead - Suzanne Wilson contact Swilson@hcat.org.uk