Safeguarding at Hartshill School
At Hartshill School the safeguarding of our children is our highest priority. Please use the links and information to view school policies and guidance for parents in relation to safeguarding issues. The list below shows the safeguarding team within school. You can also contact https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/childrenandfamilies
If you need help over the Summer please contact the Family Information Service (FIS)
The Family Information Service (FIS) is a helpful friendly service which supports families with a wide range of needs including childcare, finance, housing, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and family relationships. Not sure who can help? give the team a call, and they can offer advice and support.
They are available every Monday to Friday (except bank holidays) 9am to 5pm by phone 01926 742274 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also message on Facebook WarwickshireFIS.
Remember FIS are available when school is closed over the summer break, so please don't hesitate to contact them if you need any sort of support.
Safeguarding Officer: Mrs K Simpson - Email address: Kathleen.Simpson@midlandat.co.uk - 07929 783908
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Mr A Ward - Email address: Alexander.Ward@midlandat.co.uk
If you believe a child is in immediate danger call 999 immediately
There are a number of additional staff trained to support and safeguard students within the school.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility!
All staff receive training on an annual basis and are kept informed of any updates as they emerge. The guidance we follow is Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2019 (please see the link for this on the right) and Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2018.
We have a number of policies in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment all of which can be found in the links on the right.
We work to support the governments Prevent Agenda to counter radicalisation and extremism. Staff have specific training in this area.
Useful information for parents on the PREVENT agenda is available here: www.educateagainsthate.com/parents
If you are subject to online abuse, exploitation or made to feel uncomfortable online, you can contact the police via the CEOP Report Abuse button listed on the right under 'useful websites'.
If you believe a child is in immediate danger call 999 immediately
What is abuse?
A person may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm or by failing to prevent harm.
It is more often a person known to them and not a stranger.
There are many different types of abuse that can occur, the main categories of abuse are:
Physical Abuse: Physical abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child.
Emotional Abuse: Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional maltreatment of a child causing severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It may involve telling the children that they are worthless or unloved or inadequate. It may involve seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another. It may involve serious bullying causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children. Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, though it may occur alone.
Sexual Abuse: Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities whether or not the child is aware of what is happening.
Neglect: Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development.
What to do if you think a child is at risk of harm: If you think your child or any other child may have been abused you can contact the children's social care office direct (MASH). You may also ring the school’s DSL or the Safeguarding Officer.
We are all feeling the effects of the pandemic but our students rely on us to show them the way and be proactive in the way we offer support. The safeguarding team in partnership with pastoral team work tirelessly to ensure that our students feel supported and cared for. Our door is always open and we encourage students to talk about any worries or concerns they may.
We also want to empower parents and carers to support their children and so we have put together a list of support agencies.
We are here to help. Please contact the team if you have any questions regarding any of the sites listed below at Kathleen.Simpson@midlandat.co.uk or telephone 07970 413708 (9am - 4pm Term Time ONLY) or contact the school and a member of the team will be happy to help.
We aim to signpost you to the best support available to you both locally and nationally.
Please see below for some more information.
Mental Health Support Links
Ten ways to help your child with Mental Health: https://camhs.cnwl.nhs.uk/children/ mental-health-tips/
Anger Gremlins (book) https://uk.jkp.com/
Big White Wall https://togetherall.com/en-gb/big-white-wall/
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.
Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
Men's Health Forum
24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.
Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
Supporting Parents Helpfinder (Young Minds)
Times are tough for many people right now. Parents find themselves pulled in many different direction and children may be struggling being in the house for so much longer than usual.
A mixture of concern about covid, work from home and children at home, along with a possible financial impact make for a stressful household.
Young Minds have created a useful 'Supporting Parents Helpfinder'. By answering six questions, parents can find out how to support their child's mental health during the pandemic (and beyond).
Find the help finder here: https://youngminds.org.uk/supporting-parents-helpfinder/
When emotions explode (Young Minds)
Young Minds have also created a useful poster highlighting ways to give support to children when they have angry feelings or outbursts and may help families start a conversation and talk about each other’s feelings. Download the poster here: https://youngminds.org.uk/media/4291/when-emotions-explode-poster.pdf
Screen Savers: Looking after your eyes, body and mind when using screens (Beacon House)
We are spending more time online than ever before, possibly sitting and working with poor posture as we use makeshift desks and chairs. There is a tendency to take fewer breaks and less exercise and this is affecting our physical well-being.
Beacon House the specialist, therapeutic service for young people, families and adults has produced a series of six posters outlining ways to keep safe and alert when working at home, whether children or adults.
Download the posters here: https://beaconhouse.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Screen-Savers-1.pdf
Apps to help children stay safe online:
The BBC have a website and app called Own It. The website has a lot of content for children to help them navigate their online lives, and the free smartphone app comes with a special keyboard which can intervene with help and support in the moments that children need it the most. It can be downloaded for free in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
SafeToNet is an app for parents to help them safeguard their children from online risks like cyberbullying and sexting, whilst always respecting their child’s rights to privacy. The SafeToNet Foundation is providing UK families with free-for-life access to the SafeToNet safeguarding solution during coronavirus.
The Children's Commission and the Time Educational Supplement have put together the following information leaflets:
Child Exploitation and Online Protection
Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?
Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors - https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
If you are being bullied, or you are not ready to make a report to CEOP, you can talk to Childline anonymously online or on the phone - No worry is too big or too small. https://www.childline.org.uk/
Alcohol & Drugs
Some useful links:
Alcoholics Anonymous Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
A free self-help group. Its "12 step" programme involves getting sober with the help of regular face-to-face and online support groups.
Phone: 0800 917 7650 (24-hour helpline) / Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk
Al-Anon is a free self-help “12 step” group for anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else's drinking
Phone: 0800 0086 811 (daily, 10am to 10pm) / Website: https://www.al-anonuk.org.uk/
A free confidential helpline for people worried about their own or someone else's drinking.
Phone: 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm)
National Association for Children of Alcoholics
National Association for Children of Alcoholics offers free confidential advice and information to everyone affected by a parent’s drinking including children, adults and professionals.
Phone: 0800 358 3456 (Friday, Saturday and Monday 12pm to 7pm and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12pm to 9pm)
A free self-help group. Its "12 step" programme involves stopping using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances with the help of regular face-to-face and online support groups.
Phone: 0800 612 0225 (daily, 10am to 10pm) / Website: https://cocaineanonymous.org.uk/
Free, confidential information and advice about drugs, their effects and the law. FRANK's live chat service runs daily from 2pm to 6pm.
Phone: 0300 1236600 (24-hour helpline) / Text a question to: 82111 / Website: https://www.talktofrank.com/
A free self-help group. Its "12 step" programme involves stopping using marijuana with the help of regular face-to-face and online support groups.
Phone: 0300 124 0373 (callback service) / Website: http://www.marijuana-anonymous.org.uk/
A free self-help group. Its "12 step" programme involves stopping using drugs with the help of regular face-to-face and online support groups.
Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily, 10am to midnight) / Website: www.ukna.org
Anti Bullying Crew
This academic year sees a new group of students making up our Anti Bullying Crew (ABC). As a school, we do our level best to eliminate bullying and feel we deal with it both effectively and fairly. All members of the ABC have undergone professional training and are all looking forward to making a positive contribution to help any students who may be concerned. Members of the ABC are available each Thursday in the bungalow at break time for students to go and talk to in private. This year also sees members of the ABC wearing red high vis jackets at break- times and lunch- times to make them easily identifiable to all students.
CEOP Make A Report - https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/