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Safeguarding

The School's first responsibility is to keep all children safe and we can only do this with your full support and cooperation.

If you have any concerns about the wellbeing or safety of any child in our case, please contact the school' Designated Safeguarding Lead or one of their deputies.  Contact details are listed below.

 School Email

 safeguarding@marstonvalemiddle.co.uk

 School Telephone Number

 01234 768224

 Designated Safeguarding Lead

 Mr C Eldridge

 Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs E Ellis (KS3)  / Mrs S Smith (KS2)

 Designated Person for Looked after Children

 Mrs C Bellwood

 Headteacher

 Mrs E Jennings

Safeguarding Governor

Mr J Bryce

 Operation Encompass

Our school is part of an operation that will run jointly with Bedfordshire Police and Bedfordshire’s Children’s Social Care. This system will allow a formal exchange of information and intelligence between Bedfordshire Police, Bedford Borough Council/Central Bedfordshire Council, and Marston Vale Middle School. This will:

  • Raise awareness of the circumstances under which a child or young person may be attending school and how subsequently they may present in terms of their behavioural and emotional responses throughout the school day, following a domestic incident.
  • Raise awareness of the circumstances under which a child or young person may be attending school and how subsequently they may present in terms of their behavioural and emotional responses throughout the school day, following a missing incident.
  • Where appropriate provide an early help source of support through the educational setting for families/ children impacted by domestic abuse.
  • Make referrals where threshold has been met for child protection purposes to the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), or where parental consent is given; and where it is appropriate to do so, complete an Early Help Assessment for additional support.

 

Operation Encompass has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur in which a child was present, ordinarily resides at the incident location or with an involved party. We know that children can be significantly affected through witnessing or being exposed to domestic abuse and this operation will allow us to better support our pupils and their families.

A nominated member of staff, known as a Single Point of Contact (SPOC), will be identified to receive the information. At Marston Vale Middle School our SPOC is our Early Help and Safeguarding Officer (EHSO) Mrs Alison Allen. She will be able to use information that has been shared with her, in confidence, to ensure that the right support is available should it be required by a child.

We are keen to offer the best support available to our pupils and we believe this is going to be extremely beneficial for all those involved.

If you would like to find out more about Operation Encompass the following website will be able to give you more information:

https://www.operationencompass.org/

If you have any concerns or questions then please contact Mrs Guiney who will be happy to help through calling Marston Vale Middle School.

Safeguarding Links and Information

In this section, parents will find useful links and websites to help them support their child in every aspect of their education and emotional well-being.

 

Childline

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

NSPCC

www.nspcc.org.uk

Kooth online counselling service

www.kooth.com

Young Carers

www.carersinbeds.org.uk

Family Lives

Online advice and information on all aspects of family life with support groups/workshops. Free 24-hour confidential helpline (08088) 002222 or visit:

www.familylives.org.uk

Relate for parents and families

Useful information and advice for parents, or anyone in a family to help with the most important relationships - the ones you have with your family.

www.relateforparents.org.uk

Netmums

A social networking site connecting parents with each other with help from experts on specific issues through private on-line messages or conversations. 

www.netmums.com

Families United Network/Family Voice

Offers support to Bedfordshire families who have a child with a disability, special need or additional needs.

 www.familiesunitednetwork.co.uk

Really Flexible Care

www.reallyflexiblecare.co.uk

The National Autistic Society

www.autism.org.uk

Bedford Open Door

www.bedfordopendoor.org.uk

CHUMS

www.chums.uk.com

Hear2Listen

www.hear2listen.org.uk

Counselling Directory

www.counselling-directory.org.uk

Mencap

www.bedfordmencap.org.uk

Young Minds

www.youngminds.org.uk

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)

www.ceop.police.uk

Internet Watch Foundation

www.iwf.org.uk

Thinkuknow

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Bedford and District Cerebal Palsy Society

www.bdcps.org.uk

Bedford Institute of Learning Disabilities

www.bild.org.uk

Change

www.changepeople.co.uk

Disabled Living Foundations

www.dlf.org.uk

Mencap

www.bedfordmencap.org.uk  or

www.mencap.org.uk

National People First

www.peoplefirstltd.com

Single Parents Gingerbread

www.gingerbread.org.uk

E-Safety

E-safety is a vital area of modern life.

As such we feel it is important to cover with pupils in every year group through age appropriate activities. 

We cover aspects such as using personal information online, passwords, social media, identity theft and data protection laws.  However, despite our best efforts there will always be new risks and threats which occur.  As such we would encourage you to cover this area in your own sessions with you child.

Please  find up to date information on the following website:

https://nationalonlinesafety.com/

 

Below are suggested sites and organisations that provide support to parents and carers and children

 

Prevent

WRAP – Anti-Radicalisation Training

As part of our commitment to safeguarding pupils and all stakeholders of our school, every adult working in school must undergo a Prevent Duty Training course to raise awareness, to support people vulnerable to radicalisation and know how to refer/report.

Prevent is part of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy designed to tackle the problem of terrorism at its roots.