At Moorcroft Wood Primary School the safety and wellbeing of all children is of paramount importance. Parents and carers send their children to school each day with the expectation that school provides a safe and secure environment in which their children can flourish.
As such we take our responsibility for safeguarding, including our statutory responsibilities, very seriously. Only if children are safe and happy are they able to fulfil their potential in their learning. We expect all staff and volunteers to share our commitment.
We achieve this objective by:
Safeguarding is Everyone’s Responsibility
In order to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, our school will fulfil our local and national responsibilities as laid out in the following documents:
Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2020)
Teaching Online Safety in School
Working Together to Safeguard Children (July 2018)
Walsall Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures
Walsall Safeguarding Adults Partnership Procedures
The Education Act 2002 s157/s175
What to do if you're worried about a child being abused (March 2015)
Information Sharing Guidance for Practitioners and Managers (July 2018)
Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment between children in Schools and Colleges.
Education Inspection Framework
What is Safeguarding and Child Protection?
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children have the best outcome.
Child protection is the protection of children identified as either suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm as a result of abuse or neglect.
Safeguarding Support in Walsall
The Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub - MASH is the first point of contact for any professional or individual who has concerns about a child. They will provide consultation, advice and support and will make a decision regarding the most appropriate course of action.
MASH contact details: Telephone: 0300 555 2866 option 2
Monday – Thursday 8.45-17.15
Address: Civic Centre, 2nd floor, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1TP
Outside these hours, you should contact:
Initial Response Team - 0300 555 2922
In an emergency call 999
We are taking part in a jointly run operation between Walsall Council, West Midlands Police and our school called Operation Encompass. (www.operationencompass.org)
This has been set-up to help schools to provide support to children who have been present at incidents of domestic abuse. We know that children can be traumatised when they are involved in, present or witness to domestic abuse and may be in need of emotional and practical support.
We will receive a confidential communication from the Police Operation Encompass on the morning after any police notification or attended domestic abuse incident.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy have received training to allow them to use the information that has been shared in confidence to make sure that the right support is offered at the right time, for our children, young people and families.
Walsall Early Help
Early Help is the term used by agencies in Walsall to describe how we provide support to children, young people and their families, as soon as problems start to emerge. The aim is for families to get help as early as possible, so things don't get worse.
With the right support at the right time, things can actually improve. As a family member this might mean that you access Early Help support yourself or that professionals work with you and your family.
The Walsall Local Offer
The Local Offer tells you what support is available for children and their families in the borough. It includes information about:
Walsall Safeguarding Partnership is made up of three organisations working to protect children and young people across the borough. Their website brings together information for children, young people and their families and the professionals who work with them. Click the link below to visit their website.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a national charity which works to fight child abuse. Click the link below to visit their website.