Safeguard Warnings for parents:
*** Please Note: ⚠️ Urgent AVAKIN Life Safeguarding Alert ⚠️
We have been alerted to the risk of potential grooming and abuse on the Avakin Life game.
Online safeguarding experts have reviewed and tested the game, and discovered a number of potential risks to young people. The major risk is that users can easily access children and young people online via private and public chats.
*** Parents and carers, please be aware of cartoons that contain adult themes. At a glance, certain cartoons can appear innocent and similar to children's animations but TV shows such as Rick and Morty contain content which is not appropriate for children including violence, inappropriate language and sexual content.
Our school will always discuss concerns with parents/carers and consent for any referrals should be sought unless to do so would:
Place the child at risk of significant harm or further risk of significant harm;
Place a vulnerable adult at risk of harm; and
Compromise any enquiries that need to be undertaken by children’s social care or the police.
The school will endeavour to ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibilities placed on the school and staff for safeguarding children.
In the best interests of safeguarding children there may be occasions when the school has to consult with other agencies without a parent or carer’s prior knowledge. Our first concern and responsibility is the child’s welfare and we have a duty to protect children first and always. Such consultation may result in a formal referral which could prompt visits from social care and/or the police. We fully understand that this can be a very distressing set of circumstances. Our school will follow the procedures required by the Walsall Safeguarding Children's Board.
Our school will employ the services of an interpreter if required.
Photographs and Filming at School Events:
Parents/carers are entitled to take photographs or short films of their children at school public events, but these are for their own personal use and must not be shared on social media.
When's the right time to talk PANTS?
You know your child better than anyone. And you'll know when they're ready and how much detail to go into. Some parents found these moments helped them start the conversation:
Follow the link below for further information:
Clever Never Goes
There is a new campaign at the moment to promote the message ‘Clever never goes’ rather than ‘Stranger danger’. This is because often abductions are with known people. The idea is that the children learn that they must never go anywhere with someone if it is unexpected or has not been arranged. Please click on the link below for further details:
Supporting our families by joint working with West Midlands Police.
In order to support our families we have signed up to Operation Encompass. This means that if the police are called to a domestic disturbance then school will be notified so we can support the child/ren and the family, in whatever capacity is required. Ms. M. Sharratt is the named person who will oversee the information and support network.
Domestic Abuse, both physical and verbal, is a traumatic experience for a child and can seriously affect them in later life. It is a sad fact that when the police are called to a domestic situation that 50% of the calls show that a child has been present in the property.
Black Country Women's Aid are also committed to this initiative and can provide support for victims as well as the children involved. You can contact them on:
The Cedar Centre Walsall
The Rock Centre
27-31 Lichfield Street
Walsall, WS1 1TE
More information is available from Ms. Sharratt upon request.
Walsall Children's Safeguarding Team (MASH) - 0300 555 2866
Emergency Response Team (MASH) - 0300 555 2922
NSPCC - 0808 800 5000
National Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0808 2000 247
National Centre for Domestic Abuse - 0207 186 8270
Walsall Adult Social Care Emergency Duty Team - 03005552988
Walsall NHS Walk-In Centre 01922 605730
NHS Direct re medical emergencies - 111
Action on Elder Abuse 0808 808 8141
For advice during the COVID-19 Pandemic please use this link:
Families not able to access free school meal support if they become eligible during the summer holidays:
Children’s minister Vicky Ford has said that given schools will be closed over the summer holidays children that become eligible during that period will not be able to access the government voucher scheme. She encouraged families to contact “their local council to find out what services were available in their area”. In response to a written question, children’s minister Vicky Ford said school offices would be closed during the summer holiday period. “If families are facing hardship, 3 they can access the local authority emergency assistance grant … If families need urgent help, they can contact their local council to find out what services are available in their area,” she said.
Domestic Abuse – Translated resources now available
The following resources below have been made available on the Walsall for All Website. https://www.walsallforall.co.uk/ Domestic abuse: get help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance about how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse. Available in the following languages below: