At Birchensale Middle School our Governing Body takes seriously its responsibility under Section 11 of the Children Act and duties under “Working Together to Safeguard Children” to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements exist within our setting to identify and support those children who are suffering harm or are likely to suffer harm.
We recognise that all our staff and governors have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm, and that the child’s welfare is our paramount concern.
Our school provides a safe, caring, positive and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child free from discrimination or bullying where children can learn and develop happily.
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Child protection is an aspect of safeguarding but is focused on how we respond to children who have been significantly harmed or are at risk of significant harm.
The Safeguarding Team
Rachel Smith (Acting Deputy Headteacher): Designated Safeguarding Lead
Pete Clifton (Acting Headteacher): Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Sarah Pugh (Pastoral Support Mentor): Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Andrew Evans (Governor): Named Acting Safeguarding Governor
In our school everyone has a responsibility to safeguard children.
The Raising of Concerns
When a safeguarding concern is raised, our first priority is the welfare of the child. We are required to take any reasonable action to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our pupils. Where we are concerned about a child we will always aim to discuss our concerns with a parent, unless we believe that such an action would be detrimental to the child’s welfare. In all cases of concern we follow the procedures outlined in our Safeguarding Policy; gaining advice or making referrals to other agencies as appropriate. We work very closely with the various agencies to protect our pupils and support them and their families.
If you are worried about a child’s safety or welfare please do not hesitate to contact one of the Designated safeguarding leads at the school.
Click to Download: Safeguarding Policy
Click to Visit: Worcestershire Children First Website
Click to Visit: Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Partnership
Click HERE for information about Operation Encompass
Click HERE for Birchensale Middle School Early Help Statement
Click HERE for Parent Information on GET SAFE – multi-agency support and protect for children at risk of exploitation
Click HERE for GET SAFE information for pupils
“You have ensured that all staff are aware of their responsibility to be vigilant on safeguarding. The leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. There is a strong safeguarding culture across the school.” Ofsted 2018