Worried about a child?
If the child is in imminent danger, call 999
The school lead for safeguarding is Miss R Musto, you can contact her with your concern via the school office or email on: 0121 475 3489 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Concerns should be brought to a DSL, if you have concerns about a DSL please contact Catholic Senior Executive Leader Paul Collins-Smith: email@example.com
Alternatively, contact Hollie Parrish for the attention of the Chair of the Board of Directors:
Further places to find support:
CASS (Children’s Advice and Support Service): 0121 303 1888
LADO (Local Area Designated Officer): 0121 464 2612
The safety and welfare of children - or child protection - is everyone's business. You could be a neighbour, friend, parent, relative, childminder, teacher or doctor - or working for any organisation which has contact with children and young people.
Child protection means protecting children from physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect. It also means helping children to grow up into confident, healthy and happy adults.
Most children enjoy generally happy childhood experiences within their own family. Unfortunately for some, this is not the case. During difficult family times, everyone who knows the child must do the best they can to protect them from future harm.
This section is about assisting parents or guardians in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We hope you will find the information useful.
If you would like to find out more about the Lumen Christi approach to Safeguarding please visit the website page here
The designated safeguarding lead is expected to:
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Prevent Lead and Operation Encompass lead is: Rebecca Musto (Vice Principal)
Our Deputy Safeguarding Leads are: Leanne Rogers (Principal), Lucy Hickey, Richard Plant and Sharon Holder
All our DDSL and DSL have a job description which reflects their responsibilities which is available to read on request and is in the staffroom for our staff.
ThinkUKnow - for Parents and Carers
Developed by CEOPs and internet parenting charity, Parent Zone, Parent Info provides up-to-date, expert information for parents on a range of concerns they may have about children and young people, which is designed for schools to post on their own website.
From advice on how much sleep a teenager needs to information about relationships, sex and internet safety, Parent Info provides a range of content that can easily be hosted on a school’s website.
Parent Info’s content can be adapted for use in a variety of ways including: as advice for parents and carers; to explain the PSHE curriculum; or as a pointer to policies or guide to parents if issues arise. There’s also a specially-curated feed for primary schools, with information on topics of interest to parents of younger children.
Resources for parents and carers can be downloaded at www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
Keeping children and young people safe
Clubs & Activities for Children & Young People
There are many clubs and organised activities for children, but as a parent you will want to know that any activity your child is involved with is safe.
It is important for you as a parent to feel happy and confident about the arrangements you make for your child.
To find out what is available in your area, talk to other parents who have children of the same age as your child or a little older – and talk to the children themselves.
Your first choice may be made by your child showing an interest in a particular activity or saying that he or she wants to join a particular group – perhaps he or she has a friend who is already a member. If possible, talk to the parents of children who are already involved. Are they happy about the organisation? Are the children happy about the activities?
If the activities are held on school premises, ask whether they are run by school staff and whether they are sponsored by the school. If the activities are held on council premises, church premises, etc. ask who organises them.
If possible, go and watch the group in action
Do the activities seem to be suitable for the children taking part?
Do you think the activities would be suitable for your child?
Does the group seem well organised?
Do there seem to be enough adults present for the number of children?
Do the premises and equipment look safe?
Do the activities seem to be carried out safely?
Do the children seem to be enjoying themselves?
If you and your child are still interested, ask about these points
How are the organisers recruited?
How are they trained and what experience do they have?
Do they have any qualifications?
Are any checks carried out to make sure that they are suitable people to work with children?
Is the group insured?
Are there any rules that staff and helpers have to follow?
Now talk to your child - are you both happy about this group? Listen carefully to your child
If your child joins a club or group, it is important to keep listening to what he or she has to say about it. If he or she becomes less willing to attend, listen carefully to what he or she is saying. Of course children do outgrow particular activities and lose interest in particular groups, but there may also be something else that your child is not happy about.
A child who has vague concerns may feel silly talking about them. Listen carefully and take what he or she says seriously. Are you still happy about the organisation, the activities and the organisers?
Remember that the final decision always lies with you as a parent. No guidance can guarantee your child's total safety from all dangers.
Picking the right activities for your child is all about listening
Listen to your child:
What does he or she want to do?
Listen to other children:
What do they say about local clubs and activities?
Listen to other parents:
Do they think that local clubs and activities for children are well organised?
Listen to your own feelings:
You often know when something is not right for your child even if you can't quite put your finger on why.
Listen to your child:
If something is beginning to go wrong, he or she may notice it before you do.
If you have a concern about a particular club or activity please contact 0121 303 8454.
National Helplines and Websites
Parentline Plus - www.parentlineplus.org.uk
A national charity that works for and with parents
The Advisory Centre for Education is an independent advice centre for parents and carers offering a free telephone advice, a range of advice booklets, frequently asked questions, a jargon page a discussion forum and a booklet about tackling bullying
General advice line : (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm): 0808 800 5793
We are an OPERATION ENCOMPASS SCHOOL.
Click here to go to the Operation Encompass website.
Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school's trained Key Adult (DSL) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
Children experiencing domestic abuse are negatively impacted by this exposure; domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience and can lead to emotional, physical and psychological harm. Operation Encompass aims to mitigate this harm by enabling immediate support, making a child's day better and giving them a better tomorrow.
Operation Encompass believes that children are victims of domestic abuse in their own right and should be acknowledged as such.
The principles of Operation Encompass are very simple and easy to adopt. Within every school a trained Key Adult is appointed – the Key Adult receives information about abusive incidents directly from the police. The Key Adult will be notified prior to the start of the next school day that the police have attended an incident of domestic abuse to which a child has been exposed. This timely knowledge enables a plan for appropriate support to be made for that child so that all interactions, from when the child first arrives at the school gates, are of a positive nature.
The Key Adults at St. John Fisher are Mrs Rogers and Miss Musto
BSCB Information For Parents
If you are a parent experiencing domestic violence or abuse, you may have many concerns over your children, including being:
If you are affected by domestic violence or abuse, you are not alone. You can talk over these concerns, confidentially, with a number of specialist, sensitive services. Services such as Birmingham Women's Aid will listen to you, support you and give you time and space to decide what you want to do. They won't judge you because of what you say or force you to make a decision you do not want to make.
It is important to remember that the abuse you have experienced, and your children have been exposed to, is not your fault.
Listed below are some of the organisations that can support you:
Birmingham & Solihull Women's Aid (BSWA)
BSWA offers a range of services including advice, information, temporary accommodation and a counselling support service to women and children affected by domestic abuse.
The telephone helpline offers a listening ear, emotional support and practical information on BSWA services and other agencies.
If a woman decides that she no longer feels safe to remain in her home, Women's Aid can arrange for her and her children, to move to a refuge. They have refuge accommodation in Birmingham and Solihull which is accessible 24 hours a day. Refuge space can also be found elsewhere in the country if this is what a woman chooses
Helpline/ Refuge: FREEPHONE 0808 800 0028
Minicom: 0121 685 8519
Birmingham Crisis Centre
Birmingham Crisis Centre is an independent charity offering refuge to 23 women and their children fleeing abusive relationships. Trained Staff are available 24 hours a day and can be contacted through our helpline on 0121 507 0707.
Families each have access to a fully furnished bedsit with its own kitchen and bathroom . The refuge has communal facilities namely a residents lounge, laundry, children's play area and an 'outstanding' nursery provision. We provide professional counselling Support and facilitate a rolling Freedom Programme in addition to providing tailored housing related support.
Our motto is "Return to Happiness""
Please let me know when the website has been updated as we are the only refuge in Birmingham that provides a 1 24 hour helpline and this should be readily publicised.
Birmingham Women's Advice & Information Centre (BWAIC)
Free counselling, information and support and self help groups for women.
Tel: 0121 212 1881
Ashram Reducing Domestic Violence Project
RDVP is a specialised, but not specific, service for South Asian women living with or fleeing domestic abuse Provides comprehensive support, advocacy, information and advice to empower women to live more independently.
Ashram also runs a new counselling service for children and young people.
WAITS (Women Acting in Today's Society)
Support, advocacy & befriending for all women who have experienced domestic violence at some point in their lives. There is a particular focus on black and minority ethnic women.
Tel: 0121-440 1443
National Domestic Violence Helpline 24 hour freephone
Tel: 0808 2000 247
If you are a male victim of domestic violence, contact:
Victim Support Men's Helpline
Tel: 0800 328 3623
Services available: Helpline for male victims of sexual and domestic abuse. Provides an opportunity to talk in confidence and anonymously
M.A.L.E: Mens Advice Line & Enquiries
Confidential helpline for male victims of domestic violence whether in straight, gay, bi sexual or transgender relationship
Tel: 0808 801 0327
Mental Health and Well-Being
We take the well-being of our whole community very seriously and are here to support in anyway we can. We work with Pathfinder who can help to sign post parents for support and help,
As a school we can help with referrals to external agencies who can also help.
The 5 Ways to Well-being are a set of really simple actions we can all take, which have been shown to improve people’s well-being.
Connecting with each other is a simple step in improving mental health and Well-being. Taking time out of a busy schedule to sit and talk with each other has a positive impact on how we are feeling and allows us to reconnect and express our thoughts and feelings with each other.
Ways in which this simple step could be carried out are:
We all know exercise is good for your body, but it can be good for your mind too.
What’s more, there are so many activities out there to choose from, there is bound to be one that you enjoy! Exercise can be a way to deal with negative thoughts and feelings. The feeling of setting a goal and achieving it – even if it’s just a jog around the block – can really improve your self-esteem, too.
Noticing what is going on in our bodies and minds is an important skill for staying mentally healthy. Take time to check in with your thoughts and feelings. By paying attention to the present moment, we might enjoy things more, and even notice things we would have missed.
Lifelong learning keeps our brains healthy, and the sense of achievement we get from learning something new can be great for our mood. Try something new or rediscover an old interest.
Give to Others
Evidence shows that helping others is actually beneficial for your own mental health and well-being, too. It can help reduce stress, improve your emotional well-being and even benefit your physical health. Give to friends, classmates and your community, and help yourself at the same time.