Safeguarding at Merritts Brook
All children have a right to protection against abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence and many organisations have a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.
Child Protection and Safeguarding are a priority to everyone at Merritts Brook academy. If you have any or concerns that a child is being harmed or is at risk of being harmed, or if you receive a disclosure, please contact Joanne Hall, Jackie Ling (pastoral manager) or any other adult within the academy.
If it is felt that any child is at risk in any way, the designated safeguarding leads (DSLs) will take the necessary action. All DSLs have up to date training and it is their duty to take action depending upon the information shared with them. On rare occasions when a child is at risk it may be necessary to consult with other agencies prior to contacting parents.
The procedures we follow have been laid down by the Birmingham Safeguarding Children’s Board. All members of staff have had Level 1 Safeguarding training. Staff are required to read and sign for all necessary policies related to safeguarding, including the latest document related to child protection, Keeping Children Safe in Education – September 2020. Joanne Hall and Jackie Ling are Home Office accredited prevent trainers. All staff are up to date with the latest prevent training.
Please feel reassured that any information shared will be treated sensitively and with confidentiality.
Who to contact
During school holidays, if a safeguarding issue arises contact Children’s Services on 0121 303 1888
Talk to Frank 03001236600
Think you Know 03704967622
Crimestoppers 0800555111 or dial 101
NSPCC (to report abuse) 08088005000
Children learn best when they are happy and healthy. At MBA , we do our utmost to ensure that our pupils feel safe and enjoy coming to school. All members of staff take the welfare of our pupils very seriously and are vigilant in our checks and monitoring to ensure that safeguarding is paramount.
We have a dedicated Pastoral team:
Mrs Hall – Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Ling – Pastoral Manager and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Burford – Deputy Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Officer
Mrs Rudge – SENCo
Mr McDermott – Pupil Premium Champion
Merritts Brook Academy – Pastoral Care
The academy prides itself on an outstanding pastoral care service.
Our aims are:
- To ensure that every pupil feels that they are a valued and important part of our school community.
- To ensure that all pupils understand not only the importance of effective relationships, but how to build and sustain these.
- To promote an appreciation of life and respect for the world in which they live
- To encourage a sense of personal accountability for their own actions and learning
- To encourage families to value education and work in partnership with the school
Our Pastoral Care Manager – Mrs Ling is responsible for the day to day running of this service. Her position within the academy is to:
- Be the first point of contact for parents/carers who may wish to discuss any issues over and above general class teacher questions
- Deal with day to day child protection concerns
- Monitor attendance
- Liaise with all external agencies who offer support to children and families
- Contribute to academic meetings in an effort to support and identify barriers to learning
- Maintain current and accurate records with regard to child protection, incidents within school and other matters which link to the well-being of pupils and families.
- Support children in dealing with issues around relationships and behaviour
- Ensure that Headteacher is kept fully informed around all issues relating to safeguarding and vulnerable children
- Ensure that staff are kept informed on a need to know basis of any issues or concerns regarding children in their care.
- Any other issue that may arise across the academy that impacts on a child’s social and emotional development
It is recognised by all who work within the academy that the responsibility of care for our children lies with each and every member of the school community. In an effort to ensure that this is embedded across the academy a heavy emphasis is placed on values such as:
These and others are celebrated on a regular basis within a whole school approach to learning and have become embedded within the curriculum we deliver.
Evidence suggests that pastoral care is most effective when:
- Support is received from parents/carers
- The school’s provision for pastoral care is monitored on a regular basis.
- The pupils are given clear explanations of what is expected of them in terms of behaviour and social skills.
- Safeguarding is taught through the curriculum. This includes subjects such as PSHCE and ICT- technology is great, but we need to make sure our children are safe online. Please follow the link for support and helpful tips at home; Online-Safety-Leaflet-Parents-COVID-19- (1)
- Effective delivery of assemblies; our assemblies focus on the values previously mentioned, but during our assemblies we also discuss topics around ‘Keeping Yourself Safe’. For example, NSPCC support the teaching of PANTS- PANTS delivers and emphasises the message to the children that their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they are upset or worried. You can also discuss these topics at home, follow the link; https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/
- A whole school approach is undertaken, valued and delivered.
We are proud to be working with the Birmingham SEMH Pathfinder Model . Pathfinders provides specialist inter-agency support;
What is the Birmingham SEMH Pathfinder Model?
- A Tri-Partite model of Social Work, Education and Health collaborative approach (through schools) to supporting families with additional and complex needs.
- The Pathfinder recognises the correlation between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) such as: domestic abuse, substance misuse, mental health, parental separation, physical and sexual abuse etc.; disproportionately high instances of Children’s Services involvement, Criminality, SEND and Exclusions. The Pathfinder prioritises schools with such levels of disproportionality to be a part of the model.
- Offers sustained working (no cases are closed) creating a ‘live-line’ into the family, maintaining a ‘continuum’ of support and communication.
- Relational Model: the same school-based support worker retains case responsibility and can work with a family through the course of the young person’s statutory school life (5-7 years-and beyond), acting as the lead contact and a ‘conduit’ to introduce and help sustain intervention from other professionals and agencies.
- Longer periods of working and relationship building increases the likelihood of identifying the underlying causal factors of family’s difficulties, allowing the opportunity for sustained positive change.
- The Pathfinder is offered to the families on a voluntary basis through school, as opposed to an obligatory statutory referral.
We believe that our approach to pastoral care is second to none and have evidence to show that the impact from the work undertaken in school has had outstanding success and contributed significantly to the progress made by our children. The development of this work will be on-going and we will continue to celebrate our success on a daily basis, by watching our children learn, succeed and become inspirational citizens.
Please click on the link below to view our SafeGuarding Policy:
Keeping Children Safe in Education; please click link below