Safeguarding at Birchensale Middle School

Birchensale Middle School have safeguarding policies and procedures to ensure that every child, regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation, has a right to equal protection from harm. By setting up and following good safeguarding policies and procedures this means our students are safe from adults and other children who might pose a risk.

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.

Meet the Safeguarding Team

The Team is here to help you keep safe in school and out of school.

Mr Kearns is the Designated Safeguarding Lead who has strategic responsible for ensuring the safety of both students and staff.  

Mrs Pugh is our lead Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead who manages most operational matters to ensure children are protected and kept safe. 

The additional Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs James, Mr Clifton and Mrs Smith who support Mr Kearns and Mrs Pugh to ensure everyone in our school community is safe and well. 

Safeguarding Contacts

Internal Contacts

You can contact us using the information below or report a safeguarding concern using our online form here.

External Contacts

Here are a selection of useful numbers or you can find more information on the parents and carers section of the Worcestershire website here (here links to Parents & Carers – Worcestershire Safeguarding Boards (safeguardingworcestershire.org.uk))

Worcestershire Children First Family Front Door (FFD) Tel: 01905 822666
Email: childrensteam@worcestershire.gov.uk
Emergency Duty Team (EDT) – out of office hours Tel: 01905 768020
Police – Prevent (extremism and radicalisation) team: Tel: 01386 591835
Email: prevent@westmercia.pnn.police.uk
Police (non-emergency) Tel: 101
Police (emergency) Tel: 999
Childline Tel: 0800 1111
NHS (non-emergency) Tel: 111
Women’s Aid (24hr. Helpline) Tel: 0800 980 3331
West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (WMRSASC) Tel: 01905 724514
PAPYRUS (young persons suicide prevent team) Tel: 0800 0684141
Messaging Service: 07786 209697
Samaritans Tel: 116 123 (Free)
Young Minds (wellbeing) Messaging service: 85258
Chat Health Messaging Service: 07507 331750
Illegal Money Lending Team 0300 555 2222

If you are concerned your child or a child, you know is being bullied there are several services and useful links which can help you support your child as a parent. In the first instance if bullying is happening at school, please speak to a member of staff who will be able to help.

Supporting Children at Birchensale

Tutor System

All students have an allocated form tutor who they see daily. This is their first point of contact for any issues, and parents also have email access to their child’s tutor. In addition, there are scheduled parental meetings, but parents are encouraged to liaise more regularly as required. Tutors are responsible for overseeing the academic and pastoral wellbeing of their group and liaising with other staff within the school as required to ensure that the appropriate support is in place as soon as a need is identified.

Heads of Year and Pastoral Managers

All students have an allocated Head of Year. Our Heads of Year are skilled and experienced professionals who work hard to support students and their families, having oversight for all pastoral, behavioural and attendance matters. If you or your child needs someone to talk to or you need support with particular difficulties, they can be contacted at the school. Heads of Year can help with Early Help can support children and their families who may be struggling with: –

  • Routines and family rules
  • Families who may not be eating healthy food
  • Keeping to a healthy lifestyle – Children who are caring for a family member
  • Children who may not want to go to school for different reasons
  • Disability within the family including children being a young carer
  • Children in the family have special educational needs (SEND)
  • Children who may becoming involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour
  • Children who go missing from home
  • Children or parents / carers misusing drugs or alcohol
  • Children at risk of being tricked, forced, or made to work in the criminal world
  • Children who may need support because they may live in a home and see drug or alcohol abuse or adult mental health problems.
  • Children who have parents who argue a lot (and sometimes might hurt each other) whether the parents live together or apart.
  • Children at risk of being groomed to join groups which support illegal views
  • A privately fostered child (a child from another family living within your family home) a range of things, including problems with coming to school, friendship issues and issues around confidence.

Heads of Year are also there to help our parents and give support with parenting issues; remember, from time to time we all experience difficulties. Having someone to listen and offer support can be of great help

Our Year Teams

Year 5 – Miss Evans & Mrs Nelsey. 

Year 6 – Dr Austin & Miss Brookes. 

Year 7 – Mr Neale & James Watson. 

Year 8 – Miss Edwards & Miss Kelly.

Policies

Please read our safeguarding policy on our policies section here