Great Wyrley Academy, Hall Lane, Great Wyrley, WS6 6LQ
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Safeguarding

Our school provides a safe and secure environment for all and we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

We recognise that this is the responsibility of everyone and we all, staff and visitors have an important role to play. We fully understand the role we play in safeguarding the youngest and perhaps most vulnerable members of our community and how through good multi-agency working we can help protect those too young to protect themselves.

If you have any concerns around anything that could affect the safety or wellbeing of our students, please contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mr D Fielder, at safeguarding@greatwyrley.windsoracademytrust.org.uk 

Safeguarding Children

As a school, we must have regard to current legislation when carrying out our duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. It is the role of the Local Advisory Board to ensure that the appropriate mechanisms are in place to assist staff to understand and discharge their roles and responsibilities as set out in current legislation with regard to safeguarding children.

We believe that:

  • all children have the right to be protected from harm
  • children need to feel safe and to be safe in our school
  • we can contribute to the prevention of abuse including physical, sexual, emotional, neglect, bullying, extreme behaviours, discriminatory views and risk taking behaviour
  • children need support that matches their individual needs, including those —who may have experienced abuse.

We work closely with Staffordshire Safeguarding Childrens’ Board to ensure the policy and procedures needed to keep children safe are adhered to.

If you have a concern that any student is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive information (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact school reception as soon as possible and ask to speak to a member of the safeguarding team.

Further information regarding how to keep children safe, identifying and preventing abuse and what help is available can also be found on the websites detailed below. 

In accordance with statutory guidance all Great Wyrley Academy staff have received regular safeguarding training and are fully aware of and are in compliance with the following guidance:

Great Wyrley Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts within the school will require enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance in addition to identification and qualification checks.

Anxiety and Stress

Sometimes it may feel like you don’t have any control over your emotions, feelings and actions. This can cause stress and anxiety. But by making a few simple changes to your daily lives can reduce these feelings of the ‘unknown’ or a lack of control and make a real difference to your mental health. You can’t put a price on feeling good in the morning and throughout the day.

A few simple tips:
  • Talk to someone – Someone you can trust and you know can listen
  • Eat – Not just crisps and chocolate but by eating well this will in itself make your body feel better.
  • Exercise – This is a good method to relieve any pressure or stress you may have.
  • Have some you time – Make sure you build time into each day to relax and do something you enjoy.
  • Ask for help – There is nothing embarrassing about struggling from time to time, most people do but not all ask for help.

Healthy and Safe Relationships

Students at Great Wyrley Academy are routinely taught about safeguarding and how to keep themselves safe as part of providing a broad and balanced curriculum. One of these safeguarding topics is about the importance of being in and maintaining healthy and safe relationships

Relevant issues are taught through personal, social health and economic education (PSHE) within our Aspire Days. Healthy and safe relationship advice and guidance is also delivered to our students as part of our sex and relationship education (SRE) delivery.

As parents, should you wish to have more information regarding healthy and safe relationships you might find the NSPCC website useful. The NSPCC also have a helpline phone number specific to this area should you have any concerns. You can find details here.

Useful Websites and Information

Anti-Bullying 

Child Safety

Child Sexual Exploitation

Domestic Violence

Drugs

E-Safety

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Forced Marriage

International Child Abduction

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans

  • Stonewall, the leading charity and organisation for the LGBT+ community, have produced advice for parents/carers who think their child may be gay

Local Safeguarding Information

Mental Health

Self-harm

Advice for Parents