Our pupils’ safety and well-being is our most important concern. We understand safeguarding as:
Protecting children from maltreatment
Preventing the impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development
Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, and
Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
All staff at Aston Tower receive regular training to help them promote our pupils’ welfare. Staff will immediately report concerns about children to one of the Designated Senior Leaders for Safeguarding who are Jonathan Moore, Suki Rai-Moore, Dawn Saxena and Deborah Walters
Our safeguarding trustee is Amanda Bishop.
We work with families to provide support through any difficulties they might be facing. We can offer Early Help support to families who we may feel will benefit from this. We work with a range of partners to keep our pupils safe, such as Birmingham Children’s Trust.
Our curriculum builds our pupils’ resilience to safeguarding concerns. Subjects like Personal, Health and Social Education, along with other parts of the curriculum provide our pupils with the knowledge they need to keep themselves and others safe. Our computing curriculum helps pupils understand the importance of e-safety, and assemblies and lessons teach pupils about the importance of Fundamental British values.
We have a practice of not having mobile ‘phones being used near or with children. Staff and visitors must not comment, or participate with comments, relating to Aston Tower Primary School on any social media sites.
Families looking for help:
Below is a list of agencies that may be able to provide families with support on specific safeguarding issues, or help with issues such as the cost of living.
Aston and Nechells Foodbank (help with the cost of living)
Birmingham Settlement (family help and support in our area)
Childline ring 0800 111 (for children who are worried)
Childnet (support for e-safety)
Birmingham City Council Children’s Advice and Support Service (daytime 0121 303 1888 and evenings emergency team 0121 675 4806)
Citizen’s Advice (general help for families)
Forward Thinking Birmingham (mental health support)
Help in Brum (help with the cost of living advice from Birmingham City Council)
Internet Watch Foundation (support for e-safety)
NSPCC helpline 0800 800 5000 (for adults worried about children)
Safe Internet Centre (support for e-safety)
Thinkuknow (support for e-safety)
Women’s Aid (support women and children through domestic abuse)
Young Minds (children’s mental health support)