Safeguarding and Pastoral Care 

Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mr Griffiths

Deputy Safeguarding Leads- Mrs Pickford and Mrs Clark


My name is Liz Pickford I am the Pastoral and Safeguarding Lead here at Merton Bank.

The majority of my role is one of support. I am able to support you and your children in a variety ways. Please feel free to pop in and see me. I can help signpost you to various outside agencies should you need any external support.

On some occasions I may feel you need more of a coordinated plan of support in which I may suggest a EHAT (Early Help Assessment Tool).
This is a process that helps to identify any support needs your child may have and includes your thoughts and ideas.  This information can also be shared with others working with your child to save you explaining things over and over again. It will usually involve one or two meetings where a Common Assessment form is completed with you.  This assesses your child’s individual circumstances and helps to identify any needs, prompting a discussion about how they may be met.

Useful guides:


There are times when I may need to contact Peoples Services if there are any Safeguarding concerns regarding your child.

If you having any safeguarding concerns regarding your child or any other children you may find this website useful:

 If you suspect a child is at risk of harm, please call: The Contact Centre on 01744676600


How we can support you:

Merton Mini Market

We are very lucky to be supported by the charity Teardrop this year, along with 2 other schools in St Helens. This has enabled us to have our very own Merton Mini Market which is stocked with a variety of goods. Any family can access this at any time please feel free to come in and have a look. This is an excellent facility that we would like all families to benefit from, so please use it before we lose it!

Your visit to Merton Mini market is confidential and discreet.

Food Bank Vouchers

I am also able to provide food bank vouchers. Again this is a confidential process 

Helena Housing

The Community Investment Officers offer a range of support services and are currently running a cooking course within school. If you would like any more information on this please contact Liz Gauckwin 01744 417646 - 07525766335


CAB Is a great service and offers support for families


Please drop in and see me should you need any support.