Safeguarding at Glebefields
Who are we?
Mrs Kate Jenks – Head teacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Ms Lisa Charmwell – Safeguarding Advisor, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL), Prevent Lead, Key Adult for Operation Encompass and Key worker for Children in Care
Mrs Chris Wyer – Parent Support Advisor
Mrs Blair Woodward – Early Help Assistant
Ms Laura Bodin – Deputy Head teacher and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) in the absence of Mrs Jenks and Ms Charmwell.
Elaine Benbow – Chair of Governors/Safeguarding Lead Governor
What do we do and why?
Here at Glebefields we have a team of staff working with our families to ensure that all of our children are happy, healthy and developing. We also protect children from abuse and neglect and ensure they grow up in circumstances where there is safe and effective care, that enables them to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.
To do this we often work alongside agencies who can support children and their families.
Examples of these are:
At times, some of our families need additional support from a plan involving some these services and a group of professionals, this will also include safeguarding staff.
Child Protection: this would be led by a Social Worker, and Ms Charmwell will work alongside them and other agencies to support the family. Meetings will be every 6 weeks and held in school, other related meetings are held in Oldbury and are every 3-6 months.
Child in Need: this would be led by a Social Worker, and Ms Charmwell will work alongside them and other agencies to support the family. Meetings will be every 6 weeks and held in school.
Early Help: this would be led by a Family Support Worker, and Mrs Woodward will work alongside them and other agencies to support the family. Meetings will be every 6 weeks and held in school.
Looked after Child: this would be led by a Social Worker. Ms Heather and Ms Charmwell will work alongside them and other agencies to support the family. Meetings are held every term in school, and other related meetings twice a year.
As part of a child having support in this way, Ms Charmwell & Mrs Woodward will complete ‘Wishes and Feelings’ work. This enables the child’s voice to be heard and their feelings and opinions understood. Ms Charmwell and Mrs Woodward will then talk about this in meetings, acting as their advocate. They will also work closely with teaching staff so they can talk about how children are getting on in school in planned meetings.
There may be occasions when we speak to children who are not on plans. This could be when a member of staff has a worry or when Sandwell Children’s Trust request this work to be completed. We do not need parents/carers permission to carry out this work.
Chris’s role, as Parents Support Advisor, is to support families who are not on a plan and need low level support. This could range from housing issues to making appointments with the GP, and attending meetings to support parents/carers if required. Chris has an ‘Open Door’ policy, you can see her each morning at the school gate at ‘Meet and Greet’. Please see her if you have any queries, she is always happy to help.
Early Help is low level support that involves other agencies working alongside school to sort any problems families may have at the soonest opportunity. Mrs Woodward co-ordinates all of this work in school. She is always happy to speak with families that are being supported under an Early Help plan. Please go to the school office to make an appointment to see her.
Child Protection and Child In Need are plans when Sandwell Childrens Trust Social Workers support families where there is risk of/or actual harm, abuse and/or neglect. Ms Charmwell will co-ordinate all of this work in school. She is always happy to speak with families that are being supported under a Child Protection or Child In Need Plan. Please go to the school office to make an appointment to see her.
Looked After Children are those who are in the care of someone other than their parents. For example this could be a foster carer or a family member. These cases are led by a social worker as these children are in the care of the local authority. Ms Charmwell will co-ordinate all of this work in school. She is always happy to speak with families that are being supported under a Child In Care Plan. Please go to the school office to make an appointment to see her.
Safeguarding staff can also make referrals for support from local Children’s Centres. These professionals can come into families homes and support them with low level issues such as children’s behaviour, routines and boundaries. These families will not be on a formal plan so not meetings will need to take place.
When families are on support plans, safeguarding staff also work closely with schools Attendance Advisor Mrs Gillian Moustapha. This will include monitoring attendance for children on plans, and discussing this in meetings and completing home visits for children who are not in school, where no reason has been provided by parents/carers.
Safeguarding staff will also provide children with outside agency inputs to educate them on wider issues such as drugs and alcohol, gangs and knives and anti-social behaviour.
There may be times when school are instructed by Sandwell Childrens Trust and/or Police to be part of enquiries regarding children without the consent/knowledge of parents/carers. We endeavour to support families throughout this process, and appreciate that this can be a difficult time for parents/carers as well as children.
Some of our children need extra support alongside being on a plan. Safeguarding staff will assess this need and then refer for therapeutic 1:1 support to take place in school with parents/carers consent. Staff can also refer to a local therapeutic support team to work with them providing Family Therapy, which includes parents/siblings.
Quite often Social Workers, Family Support Workers and School Health Nurses come into school to see children and carry out wok with them, parents/carers are usually informed about this when they are on a plan.
Schools website has a ‘Whisper’ button facility, where parents/carers/children can report their concerns. This is monitored and responded to our schools senior leadership team.
Sandwell Childrens Trust – Telephone: 0121 569 3100
Tipton Cog – Early Help – Telephone:
Sandwell Victim Support - Telephone: 0300 303 1977
Emergency council house repairs – Telephone: 0800 844 112
Emergency help for homelessness - Telephone: 0121 569 6883
NHS - Telephone: 111
Police - Telephone:101
Benefits - Telephone:0121 368 1155
Council tax - Telephone:0121 368 1155
Children Centre - Telephone:0121 522 5150