Safeguarding

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Pupils tell us they feel safe at our school. However, we know they are at greater risk of coming to harm through their own behaviour or that of others because of their particular needs. Everyone, staff and governors, take safeguarding very seriously. Our safeguarding governor is Barry Bowles and our designated safeguarding lead (DSL) across the school is Sunil Vyakaranam. The Head of each teaching centre is the Designated Safeguarding Lead for safeguarding & child protection for pupils in that centre. Where necessary, Leadership Team members (DSLs) will become involved to support with the safeguarding of specific individuals.

At City of Birmingham School we recognise the importance of excellent attendance and behaviour in keeping children and young people safe and we strive to improve engagement in learning and achievement in education. We offer a broad curriculum that includes a focus on social and emotional well-being as well as teaching about potential risks a young person may face. We value parents and carers as vital partners and help them to support their child in staying safe.

It is the school’s duty to provide a safe environment and all staff have responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We follow a rigorous recruitment process to ensure we only appoint staff who understand how to keep children and young people safe. All adults in contact with pupils have an enhanced criminal records check and are recorded on the school’s single central register. All staff are trained in safeguarding and child protection and follow our comprehensive safeguarding and child protection policies.

We record all safeguarding concerns using CPOMS an online system for recording, updating, reviewing and analysing concerns. Where there are serious concerns a referral will be made to Children’s Services or the Local Authority Designated Officer if the issue relates to a staff member.

If you have any concerns about the safety and/or welfare of a child or young person please do not hesitate to talk to a member of staff at the centre they attend. We will always listen. Alternatively you can telephone:

Birmingham City Council Children's Advice and Support Service (CASS)

Telephone: 0121 303 1888

Monday to Thursday: 8:45am to 5:15pm Friday: 8:45am to 4:15pm

Emergency out-of-hours: Telephone: 0121 675 4806

If your concern is less urgent, you may also find these resources useful:

Safeguarding online: CEOP

Childen's Advice and Support Service: CASS

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (contact/advice): NSPCC

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