Parents - please click below for The Waiting Room:
an EXCELLENT resource for Social, Emotional Health and Wellbeing
for Children and Families
Safeguarding at Washwood Heath Academy
Washwood Heath Academy is committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding the children entrusted to our care. Please make yourselves familiar with the safeguarding team (below).
If you have a concern that a child is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally), you must contact one of the above staff members as quickly as possible.
Please find our Safeguarding Policy here.
Please find our Safeguarding COVID-19 Addendum here.
Supporting Mental Health during the COVID-19 lockdown:
Kooth, a new free, safe and anonymous service to support young people’s emotional and mental health in Birmingham, launched yesterday.
We know young people have been worried about exams being cancelled and the impact of Covid-19 on their loved ones. The new service launched is available for young people aged 11 to 25 for online self-referral at www.kooth.com. Kooth is linked into the wider mental health support from Forward Thinking Birmingham and offers:
- Online mental health counselling and chat services from midday to 10pm during the week, and 6pm to 10pm at weekends
- Peer to peer support through moderated discussion forums
- Self-care tools and resources to build resilience
- Early response to and identification of emotional wellbeing and mental health problems
- And there are no waiting lists, referrals or thresholds to access the service
The Kooth service is funded by Birmingham City Council, and contracted by Birmingham and Solihull CCG. This is part of the Birmingham Children’s Partnership response to Covid-19 for our vulnerable families.
Other helpful links to support mental health and wellbeing:
Mental health support offer launched for Birmingham and Solihull children, young people, adults and key workers by the NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group.
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic will be having a range of impacts on local people’s mental health and wellbeing. The NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group are responding to this by setting out a support offer for our local population.
There is dedicated support available for:
· 0-18 year olds in Birmingham
· 0-19 year olds in Solihull
· 18+ years old in Birmingham and Solihull
· Key workers in Birmingham and Solihull
Support for each of the groups will be available first and foremost through a dedicated telephone line. Full information about how to access the support, including opening hours etc., is available here: www.
birminghamandsolihullccg.nhs. uk/your-health/mental-health- support-offer
Information for parents about the risks of radicalisation during the lockdown:
Please click here to read a thank you letter from West Midlands Police in relation to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Please click here to read a letter from the West Midlands Police in relation to County Lines exploitation.
For those in need of support during this difficult time:
Please see the flyer below for some parental support:
Current issues affecting our community - please read:
Current national safeguarding issues
Please click on these IMPORTANT posters about the a variety of issues that are currently affecting many of our young people in the country:
School Nurse Drop-ins
Washwood Heath Multi-Academy Trust
- For WHMAT safeguarding related polices please click here.
Washwood Heath Academy – Day to Day Practice Click the links below to see our ‘Safeguarding Times’ editions – they contain really useful information on a variety of topics.
- The Safeguarding Times – Edition 1: Child Protection at WHA – Do’s and Don’ts
- The Safeguarding Times – Edition 2: What is Early Help?
- The Safeguarding Times – Edition 3: Private Fostering
- The Safeguarding Times – Edition 4 : CSE
- The Safeguarding Times – Edition 5 : Run Hide Tell
- The Safeguarding Times – Edition 6: Our Year Review
- The Safeguarding Times – Edition 7: Safeguarding Training
- The Safeguarding Times – Edition 8: Modern Day Slavery
- The Safeguarding Times – Edition 9: ACEs Adverse Child Experiences
- The Safeguarding Times – Edition 10 Female Genital Mutolation (FGM)
- The Safeguarding Times – Edition 11: Anti Social Behaviour
- The Safeguarding Times – Student Edition Staying Safe
National and Local Initiatives
- NSPCC Underwear Rule – keeping deaf children safe from abuse
- NSPCC – How should you talk to your children about terrorism?
- Street Cruising Banned in Birmingham
- Free Guide: Safeguarding children from sexting
- parents urged to check prom limo hire is safe and legal
- Advisory letter from WMP on ‘County Lines’
- Police Advisory Letter for Parents
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