Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy provides clear direction to all Academy stakeholders about expected practice in dealing with safeguarding issues. It makes explicit the Academy’s commitment to the development of good practice and effective procedures, ensuring that safeguarding concerns and referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in a way that supports and protects the needs of the child.
There are three main aims to our policy:
- Prevention: by creating a positive Academy atmosphere and providing high quality teaching and pastoral support to pupils;
- Protection: by following agreed procedures and ensuring staff are appropriately recruited, trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to Child Protection concerns;
- Support: by providing support for pupils and school staff and for children who may have been or are being abused.
All those working in education can contribute to the safeguarding and protection of the welfare of a child in need.
According to the DfE, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- protecting children from maltreatment;
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
- ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent withe provision of safe and effective care; and
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility at Landau Forte Academy QEMS and Tamworth Sixth Form.
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
This policy applies to all who come into contact with children at Landau Forte Academy QEMS and Tamworth Sixth Form including:
- Learning Support Assistants
- Administrative assistants
- Supply teachers
If in doubt, any one with concerns should seek advice from the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) using the contact details above.
From time to time in your life, you may feel stressed. This could be for a variety of reasons such as exam pressures, friendship troubles or issues outside of the Academy.
The following links take you to websites with apps that you can download for free on a phone or tablet as well as being able to access them through a computer.
There are a number of websites that can provide counselling and advice on a range of issues. You will also find apps that give you a way into mindfulness and basic meditation techniques such as breathing and focusing the mind to help you take control of stressful situations. They are also good to use if you are struggling to get to sleep in the evenings as they help you to relax.
Year 11 and Year 13 students across the country have used these apps when working towards their GCSE and A Level exams as some of them have found them to be really useful and they are a good tool for any student (or parent/carer) to use if they are finding it hard to relax and switch off. Mindfulness and meditation are techniques that you develop over time and these apps are designed to help you to do this. This is just one way you can help support your mental health.
If you have any questions or need support at the Academy please contact a member of the safeguarding team or email [email protected]
Action for children
- Self referral form | Action For Children | IAPT Portal
- Silvercloud (16+) https://actionforchildren.silvercloudhealth.com/signup/
- Can't Talk, Write. Writing things down has a positive effect on wellbeing and helps children and young people express what they are feeling and make sense of what is going on in their lives. Find the full range of toolkits available for free, here: https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/our-work-and-impact/children-and-families/good-mental-health/writing-for-mental-health/
B- Eat - The UK’s eating disorder charity. They have online support groups for anyone under 18.
Stop, Breathe & Think
CAMHS Digital Combined Wellbeing Portal For children and young people (up to age 18) who live in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire – North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare have launched a CAMHS Digital Combined Wellbeing Portal containing a wealth of self-help information for children, young people, parents / carers and professionals about mental health and the services we can offer. The digital platform facilitates access to routine online self-referrals for children and young people, without the requirement for them to go through their GP. This supports children and young people being able to access increased support and services whilst reducing waiting time for referral. There are specific pages around Coronavirus and other topics including bullying, body image, feeling anxious and school life and there is further guidance and signposting for support on topics.
Changes Welcome to Changes Tamworth
Cerebral Sandbox - Digital mental health service for children and young people in Cannock, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Stafford, South Staffordshire and Tamworth. Children and young people are matched with a therapist based on their preferences, for example: cultural or ethnic background; experience with trauma or abuse; or challenges commonly faced by the LGBTQIA+ community. Self-referrals are welcome (the consent of a parent or carer will be required for children under 12, or those 12 and over with a special education need or learning disability).
Child Bereavement - If you are suffering from the loss of someone close to you
Frank - Drugs Information and Support
Headspace - Live a happier, healthier life with just a few minutes of meditation a day on the headspace app
Hope Link UK - If you are a young person at risk of suicide or know someone who is
Kooth - Online counselling and emotional wellbeing support for young people
Runaway Helpline - Confidential advice and support for those contemplating running away/have done
Self-Harm Support - Struggling or worried about self harm and need some support and guidance
Stem 4 - Supporting teenage Mental Health
Stonewall - The UK Charity for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender People
Worries at Home - Worries at home or at school, advice and guidance about relationships
Young Minds - Looking for support and advice concerning mental health and emotional wellbeing
We provide a lot of support for our students. If required our students have access to the below.
All students receive support from:
- Form Tutor
- Student Support Officer
- Head of Year
If students require further support they can receive support from:
- School Councillor
- School Nurse
- Safeguarding Team intervention
- School Mentor
If a student needs outside agency support we can refer them to:
- XLM Mentoring
- School District Nurse Service
- St. Giles
- Malachi Family Support
- Action for Children
- DIP Councillor
For parents/carers who would like further information to help support their child these links and resources will provide you with information we hope you find useful:
- Action for Children - https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/
- Anti-Bulling Alliance - https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/
- Barnardo’s - https://www.barnardos.org.uk/
- CEOP ThinkuKnow - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
- Childnet - https://www.childnet.com/
- Childline - https://www.childline.org.uk/
- Internet Watch Foundation - https://www.iwf.org.uk/
- Modern Slavery - https://www.antislavery.org/slavery-today/slavery-uk/
- NSPCC - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
- Online Safety - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
- Parents Information - how to help and support your Children - https://parentinfo.org/
- Spongy Elephant – A free Parents Guide to protect Children Online - http://www.spongyelephant.com/learn/stayingsafeonline/
- Stop Hate Crime - https://www.stophateuk.org/
- UK Safer Internet Centre - https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/
While your child is using the internet, in whatever form, we hope these apps and information will give you peace of mind and help keep your child is safe.
Information you might find useful
- Parent controls offered by home internet provider - https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parental-controls-offered-your-home-internet-provider
- Setting up Devices Advice - https://www.internetmatters.org/
- Net Aware - Parents review young people’s social networks, apps and games - https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
Apps you might find useful
This app lets you sync to you child's phone remotely. You can monitor calls, texts and social media from the cloud. Its compatible with all iPhone, iPad and iPod devices.
Let you have more control over usage of any device. You can set limits per day, for example 4 hours. You can shut the phone down during school hours or at bedtime. You can also remove access for certain apps. The benefit of this app is it prevents the daily battle of taking the phone off your child. Whilst the phone is in lockdown you can still communicate with them through text or calls. However all apps like Snapchat and Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp cannot be used. You can set daily rules depending on the day of the week. Its quick to override if you want to allow more time for example.
Find my iPhone/find my kids
Both apps are great at knowing where your child is. It relies on them having data but you can ensure they have arrived safe to school or know they are where they say they are.
Whilst it is important to know where your children are going it’s also important to know who they are talking to. SecureTeen is a great app that helps you to monitor their calls and texts. It allows you to know who they are talking to, whether they are the right kinds of people and protect them from bullies or potential predators.
A great app enabling you to keep tabs on where your children are. It tracks their location and also if driving in a vehicle, the speed at which they are travelling, so you know that they are safe.
We host three Safeguarding and Mental Health Parental Information evenings per year. These are informative evenings about the dangers nationally and locally for our young people. As well as giving parents useful information and areas they can support their children.
Parents Information Evenings for the 2020/21 academic year:
- Wednesday, 18 November - 7.00 PM
- Wednesday, 10 February - 7.00 PM
- Wednesday, 12 May - 7.00 PM
All presentations take place over Zoom and access details will be sent to parents and carers before hand.
Landau Forte Charitable Trust and its academies fully encourages the use and access of the following website for parents, staff and school leaders, http://www.educateagainsthate.com/
This important site brings together the best advice, support and resources available for parents, teachers and school leaders who want to learn how to protect young people from extremism and radicalisation. This site provides helpful guidance and support to the information on this academy’s website about how tackle radicalisation and extremism and how to tackle signs of both. What is so important about this resource is that it does not just offer information for teachers and schools – but parents as well. While schools may be able to spot the signs of radicalisation, the truth is much of it takes place beyond the school gates, in families or friendship groups, in communities and increasingly online. That means parents must be equipped to help protect their children from extremism. They need to understand the threat that extremist organisations pose, how radicalisation happens, what the warning signs look like and who to turn to for support if they are ever worried. The information and advice available on Educate Against Hate will be an invaluable resource in helping them to do that and all are encouraged parents to visit the site and familiarise themselves with the information it provides.
Our academies also play a key role in spotting the signs of radicalisation – just as they do when young people experience other threats or difficulties, such as CSE [child sexual exploitation], eating disorders, mental health problems or drugs. Our academies can pick up those behavioural changes which may signal that a student is being radicalised before their peers or even their parents have spotted them. That is why it is so important that academies see protecting children from radicalisation as part of their safeguarding duties. The vast majority of staff in schools do this already and want to play their part. This website, Educate Against Hate is set to become a tool that helps schools do that.
This website provides up-to-date, practical advice that will help heads and governors understand the procedures their school should have in place to robustly tackle the threat, and will help teachers facing these issues in the classroom to understand radicalisation, its warning signs, and crucially where they can get further support.