Merstham Park School recognises our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all students. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice. Child protection forms part of our safeguarding responsibilities.
"Teachers are exceptionally caring and go above and beyond for my child! As do the support staff and the office staff, they all really care about my child!" Year 10 Parent
Merstham Park School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Should students or parents require further information about external agencies or support on offer in school, or wish to share a concern, this can be accessed via the MPS Sharp System via this link: https://mersthampark.thesharpsystem.com/
We have a Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy and procedures in place; these can be viewed on our website under the our school/policies section or via this link:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rw52GK3rh2MMpJ2VxVuwyHac4spmVIfJ/view?usp=sharing. All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and governors) must ensure that they are aware of these procedures.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a student’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our students are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the student’s welfare.
"The teachers ability to "talk" and "listen" to your child when they have concerns or worries is fantastic. The children are treated with respect by the teachers - a major point in them feeling grown up." Year 10 Parent
Our dedicated safeguarding team can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concern, and any observations or conversations heard, and report to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or one of the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL) as soon as possible the same day. Do NOT conduct your own investigation.
If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then you should report this to the Head of School or the School Governor if the concern relates to the Head of School, who will consider what action to take.