Merton Bank Primary School

'Never less than our best'

Merton Bank Primary School, Roper Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA9 1EJ



Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children keeping them happy, healthy and safe. 


Here at Merton Bank, we recognise the significant and important role we play in identifying concerns early and providing help for children and their families, to prevent concerns from escalating. 

We have very stringent and rigorous procedures and systems in school that support safeguarding and these are regularly updated with all staff.

If staff or parents / carers have concerns about any child under the age of 18,  they have a duty to inform the Designated Safeguarding Lead:


Mrs J. O’Brien – DSL

or in their absence

Mrs King, Mr Bullough or Mrs Weatherby –  DDSL


The designated DSL and DDSLs are responsible for supporting staff, parents and carers to:

Refer a child if there are concerns about the possible abuse of a child, to the Local Authority, acting as a focal point for everyone to discuss concerns.  Referrals should be made in writing using a professional referral form, following a telephone call to the Contact Centre on 01744 67 67 67.  

Please remember: Anyone can make a referral.

Please see our Safeguarding Policy below for further information on how to  make a safeguarding referral to the Local Authority (Pg 15-16, Paragraph 4.10), or visit the St. Helens Safeguarding Children Partnership at for advice, guidance and information on how to promote the wellbeing and safeguarding of a child.

Further support can be found on the NSPCC website:

Advice to Parents and Carers on Keeping Children Safe from Abuse and Harm