Safeguarding

The Academy

At West Bromwich Collegiate Academy, the safety and wellbeing of all of our students is of the highest importance; we have a collective responsibility to ensure that our children have all the support they need to flourish through their education. Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust has an outstanding safeguarding team that is responsible for all of the schools within the Trust. They work to ensure that children have the best opportunities and provide support to families when needed.

It is our responsibility to provide a secure environment for our children, where they are free to learn without barriers. All of our staff will complete statutory safeguarding training each year and will take part in additional training across a wide range of safeguarding areas such as: Domestic Violence and Abuse Support, Female Genital Mutilation, Child Sexual Exploitation, Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse.

Please click this link to go to our Safeguarding News and Updates area.

Reporting Concerns

All staff are trained in recognising the signs that a child may be at risk of or suffering from harm and are aware of the procedures to follow should they have a concern.

Our  procedures for reporting safeguarding concerns are displayed in all areas of the academy.

Safeguarding Support for Students and Families

The safety and welfare of all our children is our priority. If you are concerned about a child please contact a member of our Safeguarding Team, or alternatively, Sandwell Children’s Trust. If you know that a child is in immediate danger, please contact the police by calling 999.

Designated Safeguarding Lead:
Miss Emma Lewis: 0121 828 0685

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads:

Mrs Emma Jones: 0121 295 8557

 Mr George Faux: 0121 295 4850

Mr Marcus Smith: 0121 281 3526

Mrs Michelle Hill: 0121 393 4850 

Or email: [email protected]

Can we please respectively remind you that these telephone numbers are for emergency reasons only.

To report a concern about a child (any child in Sandwell – they do not have to attend WBCA), please contact:

Sandwell Children’s Trust

 
We are finding that more and more students are struggling with anxiety and often have questions we can’t always answer. Here are a few services that may help with their anxiety and stresses.

Here are some useful websites which can help and support the health and wellbeing of our young people and families.

Various services will continue though they may change over the coming weeks. Please check individual websites for updates.

Food Banks

Food banks are open in our local towns. Please see individual websites for opening times and days.

Wednesbury Baking Bread
Walsall Street
Wednesbury
WS10 9BY
https://www.breakingbreadfoodbank.co.uk/

West Bromwich Community Church
Victoria Street
B70 8EX
https://westbromwichfoodbank.com/

Great Barr Food Bank
St Bernard’s Church
Broome Avenue
Birmingham
B43 5AL
https://greatbarr.foodbank.org.uk/

Physical and Mental Health Advice Support Services for Students

This guide features what children do online, the threat of online strangers and how to ensure a healthy balance between Internet use, your children’s online privacy, digital security, and more on online safety to mention.

https://www.safetydetectives.com/blog/parents-guide-for-safe-youtube-and-internet-streaming-for-kids/

ChatHealth is a confidential text messaging service that enables children and young people (11+) to contact their local Public Health School Nursing team and is available on 07480 635486.

Free, safe and anonymous online support for ages 11-19. It is available at all times and involves accessing online counselling support.

Monday – Friday: 12pm – 10pm

Saturday – Sunday: 6pm – 10pm

https://kooth.com

Young Minds provide a range of online advice and support to young people. It is a useful resource that has frequently been used with PSHE sessions at the Academy.

https://youngminds.org

This facility is for children aged 11 and over. Brook provide support to individuals who need it and support us in our delivery of the SRE curriculum.

https://www.brook.org.uk

This section of the NSPCC website has lots of useful links to help to keep your child safe while they are not at school include advice on online safety.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/

Online and phone support for young people.

Call 0800 1111 or visit https://www.childline.org.uk/

Operation Encompass

We are an Operation Encompass Academy.

Click here for the Operation Encompass website offering support for victims of domestic abuse.