At Shenstone Lodge School we do everything we can to protect children whilst in our care whether or not they are within the school environment.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility and a culture that promotes safeguarding is embedded within the school. We adhere to the guidelines set out by the Department for Education and have created our own policies relating to Child Protection and Safeguarding. To read these you can click on each of the documents shown here:

 Keeping children safe in education

 Safeguarding Policy

We have implemented a number of measures to help protect them. All staff are trained to identify signs of abuse or neglect and know what to do if they, or someone else, are worried about a child

Key Contacts:

 Leigh Bridgewater – Shenstone Lodge Site (leigh.bridgewater@shenstonelodge.co.uk)

 Allison Morling – The Brades Lodge Site (allison.morling@shenstonelodge.co.uk)

 

 

There are Safer Recruitment procedures in place when appointing staff and volunteers who night potentially work with your children

Our Child Protection and Safeguarding policy sets out the procedures to be followed if a teacher or other member of staff is accused of harming a child

 Report an issue

Or you can contact the school by telephone or email directly.

Dealing with Suspected Cases of Abuse:

Staff will listen to and work closely with parents to make sure children feel safe and protected within our school environment. If we suspect a child is being abused or neglected we will report it to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) which is part of Sandwell’s Children Trust. Once the specific authorities are notified, they will then decide the best way to proceed and the school’s role will be limited.

Staff at Shenstone Lodge School will not take part in any investigation, though they may be called upon to supply any information which may be deemed relevant. They may also be asked to provide additional support for the child.

Operation Encompass:

Our school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between Education and West Midlands Police.
Operation Encompass is a police and Education safeguarding partnership that supports children and young people 
to exposed to Domestic Abuse. It aims to ensure Schools are notified in a timely manner of any Domestic Abuse incident where a child was either present or registered at the address. This early notification should mean that, in most cases, schools are alerted in readiness for the children arriving at school the first working day following an incident.

Childline’s new tool helps young people remove nude images shared online:

The NSPCC’s service for children and young people, Childline, has launched the Report Remove tool with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) to help young people remove nude images of themselves from the internet.

https://bit.ly/3gSuD9o

Please remember that all staff at Shenstone Lodge school have a duty of care to report a child protection concern to the Sandwell Children’s Trust. We act on behalf of all our children to keep them safe

 

Safeguarding ALERT – Monkey Web

Safeguarding advisors have been alerted to an extremely dangerous website and app called ‘Monkey’, which allows users to have video calls with strangers. The platform markets itself as ‘an alternative to Omegle, with a TikTok vibe’. Our online safety experts reviewed and tested this platform and have found that it contains large amounts of inappropriate, disturbing, and harmful content transmitted via web cameras. More safeguarding details can be found here regarding the website

 

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