Walsall Studio School recognises that we have a vital role to play in multi-agency safeguarding arrangements and ensuring that the school is a safe, well ordered and caring environment for learning. We are committed to safeguarding children and young people and expect everyone in our school to share this commitment.
Our Safeguarding Policy applies to all adults, including volunteers working in or on behalf of the school and follows the child protection procedures as defined by Walsall Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB http://www.wlscb.org.uk) and multi-agency threshold guidance. We work with partners to ensure the best outcomes for children and young people.
Safeguarding arrangements in the school are underpinned by the 2 key principles:
- Everyone who comes in to contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. All Governors, staff, trainees and volunteers have a responsibility and role to identify concerns, share information appropriately and take prompt action. Staff members will maintain an attitude of “it could happen here” where safeguarding is concerned
- When concerned about the welfare of a child, staff will always act in the best interests of the child. The school operates a child centred approach taking into account children’s views and voices. The child’s wishes and feelings will be taken into account when determining what action to take and services to provide to protect individual children through ensuring there are systems in place for children to express their views and give feedback
Child protection is defined as safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children by:
- Protecting children from maltreatment;
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation, exploitation and other harms e.g. drugs, alcohol, gangs, neglect, sexual or criminal (county lines) exploitation;
- Ensuring children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Everyone working in, or for our school, takes all welfare concerns seriously and encourages children and young people to talk to us about anything that worries them. We share an objective to help keep children and young people safe by contributing to;
- Providing a safe environment for children and young people to learn in education schools;
- Creating a culture of vigilance where we always act in the best interests of the child;
- Identifying children who may be at risk of radicalisation, in need of extra help, or are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, and taking the appropriate action, working with other services as needed.
We will ensure that parents and our partner agencies are aware of our safeguarding policy by ensuring that it is available for all, by raising awareness at initial meetings with parents of new pupils/students.
Walsall Studio School Safeguarding Team
Walsall Safeguarding Children Board
If you have any concerns or worries whilst you are in school you can always speak to a member of the safeguarding team, your Personal Coach or Teacher. All staff at Walsall Studio School are always ready to listen if you have any worries.
We understand that sometimes you may need help and advice when you are not in school or you may want to talk to someone not connected to school. We still want to make sure that you are able to access support advice and help and have included links below that might help you.
External Support Agencies
Should you have concerns around any aspect of online safety, including sexting, online abuse or grooming, or you are concerned about someone that you are talking to online, please use the following links to access support:
Dealing with bereavement and loss
If you are worried about or have experienced bereavement or loss, be aware that you can access the following services for support from:
Domestic Violence & Abuse
If you or anyone in your family is experiencing Domestic Violence or abuse you can access support from:
If you are being bullied, either physically or emotionally, or are worried that someone else may be, you can access support from: