SAFEGUARDING AND CHILD PROTECTION
Myles Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school.
Myles Academy’s Designated Safeguarding Lead is Tash Hughes. If you are worried about a child’s safety, please do not hesitate to contact Tash on 0121 824 1710. 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 you would like further information about keeping your child safe, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has lots of advice and guidance. Please see the link below.
Cause for Concern
Our priority is your child’s welfare and Myles Academy is required to take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils. However, there may be occasions when we have reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse. We will ensure that our concerns about a child are discussed with their parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. In this case school is obliged to follow the Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures. All our staff are trained annually in line with Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board guidelines. We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy and Safeguarding Policy, which can be viewed in the policies section of our website.
There may be times when we need to call Children’s Advice and Support Service (CASS) to ask for advice or even make a referral about a child. We ask that you respect our professionalism should we need to do this; in some cases, we may need to do this without seeking parental involvement to help ensure the safety and well-being of a child.
Our Early Help Offer
Myles Academy works to provide Early Help to those children and families in the school community with emerging needs, which may not be appropriate for Children’s Services intervention. Early help means providing support to our children and families as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life.
We understand just how complicated family life can be. From time to time, there may be situations where you need some extra help and support.
If things are not right at home, please come and talk to us
CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.
If you are experiencing online bullying or something else online has worried you please speak to an adult you trust, or you can talk to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk.
The CEOP Safety Centre offers information and advice for children and young people, parents and carers and professionals. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking https://www.ceop.police.uk/Safety-Centre/