King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its students.
We believe that:
- All young people have the right to be protected from harm;
- Young people need to be safe and to feel safe in school;
- Young people need support which matches their individual needs, including those who may have experienced abuse;
- All young people have the right to speak freely and voice their values and beliefs;
- All young people must be encouraged to respect each other’s values and support each other;
- All young people have the right to be supported to meet their emotional, and social needs as well as their educational needs – a happy healthy sociable young person will achieve better educationally;
- Schools can and do contribute to the prevention of abuse, victimisation, bullying, exploitation, extreme behaviours, discriminatory views and risk taking behaviours; and
- All staff and visitors have an important role to play in safeguarding children and protecting them from abuse.
Staff are vigilant and are confident in applying our Safeguarding and Child Protection procedures to avert and alleviate any such problems.
Safeguarding is defined as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment;
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best life chances.
Safeguarding includes child protection, health care plans, health and safety, site security, safety on school trips, anti-bullying work and so much more.
The school’s key members of staff are: Miss Jane Glendenning (Designated Lead for Safeguarding, Assistant Headteacher) Miss Clare Berry (Deputy DSL, Deputy Headteacher) and Mr Nick Heppel (Deputy DSL, Assistant Headteacher)
We will fulfil our local and national responsibilities as laid out in the following documents:-
- Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE July 2018)
- Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory guidance for schools and colleges (DfE September 2019)
- The Education Act 2002 s175 / s157
- Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools (DfE November 2018)
- Birmingham Local Safeguarding Partnership Model Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy version 2019.
- ‘Promoting Fundamental British Values as Part of SMSC in Schools’ (DfE Nov 2014)
- Children’s Social Care in Birmingham: Right Help, Right Time (January 2018)
- The Prevent Duty (DfE March 2016)
The Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is available to parents and students on the school website here. All staff receive annual Safeguarding and Child Protection and Prevent update training and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns within school.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Our first priority is your daughter’s welfare and therefore there may be occasions when our concerns about your child means that we have to consult other agencies even before we contact you. The procedures we follow have been laid down by Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership. As a result, we may also have to provide your daughter’s data to statutory bodies where it is considered necessary and within General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (May 2018).
Whilst it is our responsibility to monitor students’ behaviour in school, inappropriate online activity that takes place outside school is a matter for the police. If your daughter receives any inappropriate communication, it is your right to seek external advice and support. Anyone can, and must, report concerns that a child:
- is being contacted online and spoken to in a sexual way;
- has shared, or is being blackmailed to share an indecent image(s) of themselves online;
- is arranging to meet someone they have met online;
- is being groomed online
Any concerns around cyber-bullying and malicious online content, please contact the police directly or Childline on 0800 1111.
Other safeguarding concerns that have specific reporting procedures are:
- Forced marriage – contact fco.gov.uk or call 020 7008 0151
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) – contact NSPCC FGM Helpline 0800 028 3550. Call 101 to report.
- Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) – report sexual exploitation by calling 999 if the child is at immediate risk or 101 if you think a crime has been committed. Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
If any members of the school or local community have concerns about the welfare of a child in the school, please pass them on to the School Safeguarding and Child Protection Team: Miss Glendenning (Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)); Miss Berry (Deputy Head and Deputy DSL) or Mr Heppel (Director of Post-16 and Deputy DSL).