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Mersea Island School

Keeping Children Safe


“Schools and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.”

(Keeping Children Safe in Education – DfE, 2019)

Safeguarding our pupils is our number one priority.  Our Child Protection policy is for all staff, parents, governors, volunteers and the wider school community. It forms part of the safeguarding arrangements for our school and can be defined as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes


We will always communicate any concerns we may have with you directly, where possible. We are aware that sometimes these conversations may be difficult but want you to know that we are having them with the best interests of your child at heart. 

If you have concerns about any child please do not hesitate to act.  Contact 999 if you feel the child may be in imminent danger. If you have general concerns please ensure they are communicated to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leaders within school (Mrs Wright, Miss Poole, Mrs Williamson or Mrs Ward or to the Early Help and Advice Hub on 0345 603 7627.