Safeguarding & Child Protection

Ensuring that our pupils are safe and well is something that we take very seriously at The Wordsley School. We recognise our legal duty under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002 to work with other agencies to ensure that pupils are protected from harm and to promote their welfare. We regularly work with CAMHS, counsellors, the NHS, local Primary Schools and the Police to ensure pupil safety and wellness.

All staff at The Wordsley School have been DBS checked, as are regular professional visitors to the school. As part of our responsibility to keep children safe, staff are regularly trained in safeguarding and to recognise the signs of pupils who need further attention to be kept from harm. The school has a very clear set of protocols that are followed to ensure concerns are followed up correctly, involving Social Services, Dudley Safeguarding Children Board or other agencies where necessary.

You can read our Safeguarding Policy, or request a copy from the school office.

Should you have any concerns about our pupils, please contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) either using the email address below or by calling the school reception on (01384) 816015 making it clear that your message is for the DSL.

If you are wishing to visit the school, please bear in mind the attached protocols we have in place.

Sally Ketteringham

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Scott Wright-Evans

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mel Curtis

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Safeguarding & Support for Pupils

Monday 30th March 2020

In these unprecedented times, we are aware that support will not be as easy to access, especially for those that have been asked to self-isolate. If we are asked to go into lock down in the future days, we want to help ease your worries that someone is here to help.

The following support for pupils is available:

This is an online counselling service that pupils and parents can access at any time. They are able to offer a range of support for those suffering from anxiety, depression and mental health concerns.

This is an information website that have child and parent areas. It can help you find information out about specific concerns or issues that are occurring at home.

Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership – 0300 555 0050

Children services can offer sign posted help for a wide range of issues and worries. They will offer guidance on where to access support.

Advice for parents and carers

On 30th March, the government released a document for parents and carers which aimed to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people during these difficult times. A copy of this document can be found at the link below.

Guidance for parents and careers on supporting children and young people's mental health during the coronavirus outbreak (2020)

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