Safeguarding at St Merryn School

Safeguarding Statement

St Merryn School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as "Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL)".

If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at St Merryn Primary School please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead who knows who to contact for the best advice and help and is experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.

The designated safeguarding lead is the person appointed to take lead responsibility for child protection issues in school. The person fulfilling this role must be a senior member of the school's leadership team, and the DSL role must be set out in the post holder's job description.The Designated Safeguarding Lead for St Merryn Primary School: Alison Brook


The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Tors Golay
 The Designated Teacher for Children in Care: Alison Brook
The Safeguarding Governor: Hannah Foden Clark
The Whistleblowing Governor: Nicola Soden

If you have concerns about a professional or volunteer working with a child you need to contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on 01872 326536.


Click here to view the OSCP (Our Safeguarding Children’s Partnership) website. On the website there are areas for parents/carers, young people and professionals can be found, as well as a dedicated Coronavirus information area to offer advice links to families who may need support with emotional health and wellbeing issues at the moment.


Our Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (OSCP) have launched ‘CE the Signs’. It’s a new campaign aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of child sexual exploitation and child criminal exploitation across Cornwall. This campaign aims to increase public understanding of child exploitation, raise awareness of the signs and indicators to watch out for and to educate people on the routes for reporting concerns. Through the campaign, they aim to encourage people to take a second look at any. 


Who to contact if you have concerns about a child:

  • Multi-agency Referral Unit: 0300 123 1116
  • Out of Hours Service: 01208 251300
  • Police 101
Operation Encompass

St Francis is an Operation Encompass School.

Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.

Operation Encompass ensures that a member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared in confidence. This enables us to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.