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Melbourne Primary School

Melbourne Primary School Melbourne Primary School




  • Our School Community fully recognises our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all of our pupils.
  • We believe that not only is this a moral and statutory responsibility but we know that children who feel safe and secure at school are more likely to achieve their full potential.
  • We understand that the standards for positive and appropriate behaviour and mutual respect are set by example by our staff.
  • Vulnerable children and those with additional needs are supported.
  • We accept and carry out our responsibility to act on any suspicion, disclosure or belief that a child is suffering or at risk of suffering harm.


If you have a concern about any of the children in our care, we urge you to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) – Mrs Vicky Burdett, Headteacher, no matter how minor you think your concern may be.

  • Please be assured that any concerns or information given will be treated in the strictest confidence.
  • We will investigate as necessary with any relevant parties, be this external agencies, staff, parents or other.

Role / Agency

Name & role

Contact details

*School Designated Safeguarding Lead  / Child Protection Coordinator

Vicky Burdett Headteacher

01759 318369

*Deputy DSL / Child Protection Coordinator

Rebecca Winlow

01759 318369

  Child Protection / SafeguardingGovernor

Rebecca Major

 01759 318369

Chair of Governors

Jane Henley


Looked After Children

Designated Teacher

Vicky Burdett

01759 318369

E Safety Coordinator


Yvonne Goulthorp

01759 318369

Safeguarding and Partnership Hub (SaPH)

CP initial referral Support & Advice

Mon to Thu 8:30am – 5:00pm 

Fri  8:30am – 4:30pm        Tel: (01482) 391700 

East Riding Safeguarding Children Partnership

ER School Safeguarding Adviser  & Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) (Schools)

 Referral of allegations against staff  & volunteers

General strategic and operational School Safeguarding & CP advice


Room AF 56, County Hall


What is abuse and neglect?

Abuse and neglect are forms of maltreatment of a child. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm. Children may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting, by those known to them or, more rarely, by a stranger for example, via the Internet.

They may be abused by an adult or adults, or another child or children. The following definitions can be found in the Procedures and Guidance (28. Procedures and Guidance).

Physical abuse

Physical abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating, or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces, illness in a child.

Emotional abuse

Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It may involve conveying to children that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person. It may include not giving the child opportunities to express their views, deliberately silencing them or ‘making fun’ of what they say or how they communicate. It may feature age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children. These may include interactions that are beyond the child’s developmental capability, as well as overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing the child participating in normal social interaction. It may involve seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another. It may involve serious bullying (including cyberbullying), causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children.

Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, though it may occur alone.

Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving a high level of violence, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration (for example, rape or oral sex) or non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside of clothing.

They may also include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual images, watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet). Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males. Women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children.


Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse. Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to:

  • provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment);
  • protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger;
  • ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care-givers); or
  • ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment.
  • It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.

Parent Links

Think You Know:

Children’s Social Care:

Safe After School:


NSPCC Home Page:

NSPCC Online Safety:

Net Aware E-Safety Advice:

Child Sexual Exploitation:

Key Documents

Click here to access Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023.

Click here to access the visitor and volunteer leaflet.

Click here for the WLP child protection and safeguarding policy 2023.

How do we teach children to stay safe?

At Melbourne Primary School, we provide a curriculum that supports children in understanding how they can keep themselves safe both in school and at home. This covers health: keeping fit, healthy eating and looking after our bodies; Online safety: using the Internet appropriately, social media and cyber-bullying; Emotional wellbeing is also a key aspect of keeping safe at Melbourne Primary School. This is taught through our PSHE curriculum where pupils learn through scenario based learning, discussion and real life situations.

We have a pastoral teaching assistant, and dedicated space, who provides emotional support for pupils who may require support with friendships, managing emotions or navigating difficult times. 


Keeping Safe online

We take Internet Safety extremely seriously. Our curriculum therefore places equal emphasis on teaching ‘Online Safety’ in line with the expectations of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023(KCSIE 2023) and Guidance on Safeguarding and Remote Education During Coronavirus. We not only want our pupils to be competent, confident and creative users of technology but also safe and responsible digital citizens who can apply the British Values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, rule of law and liberty.

Online Safety

To find out more about how to keep your child safe online follow this link: Melbourne Primary School - Online Safety

Melbourne Primary School
Melbourne, York, East Riding of Yorkshire
YO42 4QE
01759 318369
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