Meersbrook Bank Primary School

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The school's Designated Safeguarding Person is Rachel Edwards, the Headteacher. In her absence it is Clare Shaw (Deputy Headteacher) or Anne Hinchcliffe (Inclusion Manager). If you have any concerns about safeguarding please report them immediately to these members of staff.

Please also refer to our Child Protection policy in the 'About Us' then 'Policies' section. This has detailed information on safeguarding procedures in school.

You can also obtain more information about safeguarding from the website link below:



SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN - It's everyone's business! We all have a statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.

Prevent Duty Guidance for Schools and Child Care Provider Settings

The Prevent Duty Guidance (under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015) which places a duty on schools, and child care providers, to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.  This legal duty came into force on 1st July 2015.  The duty placed on schools covers 4 areas:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Working in Partnership
  • Staff Training
  • IT Policies

The training element of the Prevent Duty will make this training statutory for all staff in a similar way to Safeguarding training.  All our staff have received training this academic year. The Head teacher, Deputy Head teacher and Chair of Governors have also attended additional training from the Local Authority.

The Prevent Duty Guidance can be accessed here for your information:



The latest edition to the safeguarding section is:   Working Together to Safeguard children information leaflet for parents/carers please see below.




 Advice on Leaving Children Home Alone

Need-to-know: is my child ready to be left alone?

There is no legal age at which children may be left home alone, but parents can be prosecuted for neglect if it puts them at risk of injury or suffering.

This guide gives sound advice and useful tips to help parents decide in which situations they may leave their children home alone, and what they need to do to ensure their safety and wellbeing.

It explains the risks of leaving babies and younger children unattended, and provides helpful advice on what qualities and experience to look for when choosing a babysitter or appropriate childcare.

There is a quiz for parents and children which explores how the child feels about being left at home alone and what they might do in different scenarios, such as a power cut or if someone came to the door. Parents can fill in the ‘while I’m away’ pull-out with times and contact numbers and stick it on the fridge before they go out.

Also useful for any service or professional offering parenting advice to new parents and those caring for young children or teenagers.


Download Home alone: is my child ready to be left alone? (PDF)


Sheffield Flourish have launched the Sheffield Suicide Support website, which is available here: