Ofsted (November 2016):

"The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. All staff are committed to keeping pupils safe. Leaders have implemented a programme of training and thorough induction procedures to ensure that all staff have a very good understanding of their responsibilities and what is expected of them."

"There are clear processes for staff to report any concerns and record-keeping is detailed. Well-established relationships with other agencies mean that communication about support for vulnerable pupils is strong."

Merlin Top has three designated safeguarding staff in school and one safeguarding governor. Links to policies are listed below. If any would like to discuss safeguarding arrangements or concerns, they should ask to see either Mrs. Heathcote or Miss. Whitcombe.

Safeguarding Policy

E-Safety Policy

Guidance on safeguarding can be found by following the links below;

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018

Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children and Young People in Education Settings

Parental Responsibility Advice for Schools

The Prevent Duty

What to do if you're worried a child is being abused - Advice for practitioners

Serious Crime Act 2015 - Protection of Children and Others

Bradford Thresholds of Need

Other Useful Information

Childline - Telephone 01274 437500

Social Care Initial Contact - Telephone 01274 437500

West Yorkshire Police - Non Emergency Call 101 or 999 for Emergency

Getting through Tough Times - A guide for young people in Bradford