Reporting a safeguarding concern
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all its staff, volunteers and parents to work together and share this commitment. If you have any safeguarding concerns about staff or pupils, please contact our designated safeguarding leads (see below).
If we have any concerns about a child, we will call the Children’s Social Work Team in Solihull, also known as MASH, which stands for Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub.
We will sometimes be asked to complete a referral regarding our concerns and in some situations we are advised not to inform parents that this has been completed. In these cases a member of the MASH team will contact parents and discuss the referral.
Everyone has a responsibility to safeguard children and young people who may be at risk of abuse.
If you think a child or young person is being harmed or is at risk of being harmed then you must contact Children Social Work Services and tell them your concerns.
You can report your concerns by calling the Solihull MASH Team on 0121 788 4300 (Monday-Thursday 8.45am-5.20pm, Friday 8.45pm-4.30pm).
If you are calling out working hours (evening, weekends or bank holidays) call the Emergency Duty Team on 0121 605 6060.
If you think a child or young person is in immediate danger, call the emergency services on 999.
When reporting a concern please be prepared to provide as much information about the child/young person as possible, including: the child/young person's name, age, gender, ethnicity, first language, address, who lives at the home; including other children and parents/carers, details of nursery, school, college. However if you do not have all of this information it should not stop you reporting a concern.
Alternatively, concerns can be reported to the NSPCC on 0800 800 5000.
Children and Young People
If you are a child or young person and you have worries or concerns, you can call ChildLine on 0800 1111.
Please click on the link below for up-to-date advice and support on how you can keep your child safe ONLINE:
Safeguarding is about ensuring everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment. We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our child protection policy, which can be viewed in the policies section of our website. The health, safety and wellbeing of every child is our top priority.
We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils. All school staff have received training in child protection. Children at Shirley Heath are aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. We actively support the government’s Prevent agenda.
Shirley Heath’s Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
Kara Evans: Headteacher
Matthew Taylor: Deputy Headteacher
Geraldine Mills: Pastoral Manager
Amy Neale: Kids’ Club Manager