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Safeguarding  

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 safeguarding@pennsji.bham.sch.uk

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.

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.

 

Job Description for Safeguarding Lead at Penns

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The Safeguarding Times - Information for Parents

April 2021 / Edition 1

May 2021 / Edition 2

July 2021 / Edition 3

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:

Share-aware NSPCC

Links to additional information about safeguarding issues and forms of abuse:

Issue Guidance
Abuse http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkphz/regional-safeguarding-guidance/abuse-linked-to-faith-or-belief

 

http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkost/regional-safeguarding-guidance/domestic-violence-and-abuse

http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkphl/regional-safeguarding-guidance/neglect

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/pants-underwear-rule

Bullying http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkphh/regional-safeguarding-guidance/bullying#

 

 See below for further information

Children and the Courts https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/young-witness-booklet-for-5-to-11-year-olds

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/young-witness-booklet-for-12-to-17-year-olds

Missing from Education, Home or Care http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkpls/regional-safeguarding-guidance/children-missing-from-care-home-and-education

 

http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkotx/regional-safeguarding-guidance/children-missing-education-cme

Family Members in Prison https://www.nicco.org.uk/
Drugs http://policeandschools.org.uk/KNOWLEDGE%20BASE/Psychoactive%20Substances.html

 

http://policeandschools.org.uk/KNOWLEDGE%20BASE/alcohol.html

Domestic Abuse http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkost/regional-safeguarding-guidance/domestic-violence-and-abuse
Child Exploitation http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkpll/regional-safeguarding-guidance/child-sexual-exploitation

 

http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkpsx/regional-safeguarding-guidance/trafficked-children

Birmingham Criminal Exploitation & Gang Affiliation Practice Guidance (2018)

https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/file/11545/birmingham_criminal_exploitation_and_gang_affiliation_practice_guidance_2018

Homelessness https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/homelessness-reduction-bill-policy-factsheets
Health

 & Wellbeing

http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkpht/regional-safeguarding-guidance/self-harm-and-suicidal-behaviour

 

https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/file/9462/medicine_in_schools_feb_2018

Online https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/file/8446/sexting_flow_chart_feb_2017

 

http://policeandschools.org.uk/onewebmedia/Searching%20Screening%20&%20Confiscation%20Jan%202018.pdf

https://parentsafe.lgfl.net/ 

Private Fostering https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/file/2792/private_fostering_in_birmingham_information_for_professionals
Radicalisation http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkpzt/regional-safeguarding-guidance/safeguarding-children-and-young-people-against-radicalisation-and-violent-extremism
Violence http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkplh/regional-safeguarding-guidance/sexually-active-children-and-young-people-including-under-age-sexual-activity

 

https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/file/8321/responding_to_hsb_-_school_guidance

https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/file/9504/children_who_pose_a_risk_to_children

http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk/pkpzs/regional-safeguarding-guidance/children-affected-by-gang-activity-and-youth-violence

https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/violence-against-women-and-girls

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:

Live Well 
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

Aquarius
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 info@bhamcommunity.nhs.uk
www.bhamcommunity.nhs.uk/professionals/safeguarding/safeguarding-children-in-birmingham