Safeguarding children is EVERYBODY'S business
Penns Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our child protection policy which can be viewed in the policies section of our website.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.
We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
100% OF PUPILS IN KS2 SAID THAT THEY FEEL SAFE IN OUR SCHOOL (July 2021)
“Birmingham is a family friendly city where children will flourish, feel safe, listened to, learn and grow up, able to actively contribute to society.”
Penns Approach - It could happen here...
Worried about a child?
If you have any concerns about the safety and/or welfare of a child or young person telephone the Children's Advice & Support Service (CASS) on 0121 303 1888 or via secure email; CASS@birminghamchildrenstrust.co.uk. For more information on email security click here.
Outside of normal office hours please call 0121 675 4806 for the Emergency Duty Team For more information about making a referral and to access the Request for Support form - click here.
School DSLs can be contacted via the school office on: 0121 464 8014 or email@example.com
Lead DSL: Mrs A Unsworth
Deputy DSL's: Mrs Lowe and Mrs Sheffield
If you have concerns about a child in school, please do not hesitate to contact us no matter how insignificant you think it may seem.
Mrs Unsworth is available every Tuesday from 11am - 12pm should you wish to speak to her regarding your child's requirements.
Job Description for Safeguarding Lead at Penns
What children have said they need regarding safeguarding:
- Vigilance; to have adults notice when things are troubling them.
- Understanding and action; to understand what is happening, to be heard and understood and to have that understanding acted upon.
- Stability; to be able to develop an ongoing stable relationship of trust with those helping them.
- Respect; to be treated with the expectation that they are competent rather than not.
- Information and engagement; to be informed about and involved in procedures, decisions, concerns and plans.
- Explanation; to be informed of the outcome of assessments and decisions and reasons when their views have not been met with a positive response.
- Support; to be provided with support in their own right.
- Advocacy; to be protected with advocacy to assist them in putting forward their views.
- Protection; to be protected against all forms of abuse and discrimination and the right to special protection and help.
A Parents Guide to being Share Aware:
Links to additional information about safeguarding issues and forms of abuse:
Advice for parents and carers to help keep children safe from bullying, wherever it happens.
- What is bullying?
- What is cyberbullying?
- Signs of bullying
- Effects of bullying
- Who's at risk
- Support for parents, carers and children
- Prevent bullying
- If your child has bullied someone
NHS Alcohol Support
If you need Advice or support on your own drinking or have been affected by someone else’s alcohol problems, the below websites can provide further information and support:
Advice, support and resources for dealing with alcohol problems: www.nhs.uk/live-well/alcohol-support
Alcohol Change UK
Works to improve people's lives through reducing the harm caused by alcohol: alcoholchange.org.uk
Free confidential support for anyone with - or affected by someone else's - alcohol, drugs or gambling problems: aquarius.org.uk
Birmingham Community Healthcare Safeguarding Children Team
Welcomes enquiries from professionals and members of the public about all matters concerning the health, wellbeing and safety of children in Birmingham. If you are interested in training or other awareness raising opportunities using the Who's In Charge? materials and messages, please email firstname.lastname@example.org