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:
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
Leigh Bridgewater – Shenstone Lodge Site (email@example.com)
Allison Morling – The Brades Lodge Site (firstname.lastname@example.org)
•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
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.
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.
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
Kaleidoscope Plus Group
Kaleidoscope Plus Group are really pleased to be able to share two new services that are launching in September to meet the needs in our community. If you could share this across your platform and teams to spread awareness, it would be greatly appreciated. First groups run on 7th September.
1- Midlands Parent Self Harm Support Group
We understand that supporting someone who self-harms, can be really daunting. Self-harm can be very complex and we understand families may need support and reassurance.
This new service will provide a safe, supportive environment in a non-clinical setting ,for those who are supporting someone who self-harms. Attendees are able to share their experience, their thoughts and meet others who are also supporting their loved ones. The service will help attendees understand self-harm, support conversation and to manage their wellbeing. We will be offering a variety of different mindfulness activities, along with resources for both parties relevant to their needs.
Please note the aim of this service is to support those caregivers and not those who self-harm directly.
Please see attached poster for distribution.
2- Midlands Suicide Bereavement Support Group.
The service offers a safe space for people aged over 18, who have been bereaved by suicide, to come together and talk openly about their experience and receive support.
Suicide knows no social, ethnic or cultural boundaries and neither do we. If you feel you have been affected by a suicide and you would like to talk about it, we are here to provide a place to listen, to share, to ask questions and to connect with others. This service can be accessed as often and for as long as needed. It is available to anyone regardless of their relationship to the deceased person, the cause of the death or the time that has elapsed since their passing.