Family Support, Well Being and Safeguarding
St James Church of England Primary School remains fully committed to the health and well being of our children. Through following the Safeguarding policies of the Sandwell Safeguarding Board, staff at St James endeavour to deliver these shared values:
- All children and young people need to be, and have a right to be safe from abuse and neglect.
- All work will be underpinned by the principles of the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child.
- Agencies and their staff have a shared responsibility to work together and safeguard children and young people, and to promote their welfare.
- Children and young people’s well being and safety will be at the heart of all our work.
- The views of children, young people and their families will be utilised to influence our work.
- All children and young people are unique and all our work will consider and address issues, diversity and vulnerability.
- Prevention, proactive and promotion strategies will be an important aspect of our work to safeguard children and young people.
We take safeguarding very seriously. If you have any concerns about a child’s safety, please contact us immediately.
Mrs McGregor – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Abbey – Safeguarding Officer/Deputy DSL
Mr Rawlings – Deputy DSL
Well Being and Family Support
Mr Abbey Mr Grafton
Lead Family Support and Behaviour Mentor
Miss Johnson Mrs Bains
Learning Mentor Child and Family Support Worker
The aim of the Well Being Team at St James C.E. Primary School is to work with children, parents/carers and external agencies to overcome barriers to learning by offering support through Family Support and Mentoring. Positive mental health is vitally important to children’s development and success later in life. At St James, we place great emphasis on supporting children and families in a number of ways as it is vitally important to work in partnership to get the best possible outcomes for all. All of the hard work and dedication has resulted in school earning the Sandwell Well-Being Charter Mark.
Issues supported by the Well Being Team are: safeguarding concerns, housing, benefits, routines and boundaries at home, attendance, signposting to external agencies for additional support. All cases are dealt with in a confidential manner.
Family support is provided at St James by Mr Abbey and Mrs Bains. Parents/carers are encouraged to contact school to seek help and advice regarding any issues of concern.
Mentoring for children is provided by Mr Grafton and Miss Johnson. Mentoring is a resource used to maximise children’s potential through overcoming barriers to learning eg. behaviour, self-esteem, friendships etc. We have a very well resourced mentoring room which the children love to spend time in and chat to our mentors who help them overcome any barriers they may have. We believe that the pastoral care and support we provide for children to overcome any concerns is vital to their overall success at St James and for them later in life. It is our duty to ensure children at our school feel safe, cared for and listened to, and the school promotes an inclusive ethos.
As a school, we offer a variety of support programmes for families and parents.
The Changes Programme
Changes 2014 is Sandwell’s ‘home grown’ successful parenting programme. Its value is in providing an appropriate, flexible and imaginative framework to support parents to cope with the challenges of raising their children. It has been further developed to ensure that it is up-to-date and responsive to the needs of Sandwell parents.
The Changes Programme has been delivered within school by Craig Abbey—Lead Parent Support & Safeguarding Officer and Linda Bains—Child & Family Support Worker. This programme was initially designed to cover the core units of the programme with a small group of four parents. However due to parents requests this has now been extended to cover four additional units of the programme.
Parents engagement has been fantastic resulting in open and honest discussions around individual parenting styles and experiences.
“I really enjoyed the sessions. I learnt a lot from them. I liked the money matters one, it’s helped me to budget better. I’m managing my money better now because of this.”
Cook and Eat Well Sessions
The School Health Action (SHA) project is aimed at achieving the best possible physical, mental, intellectual, and emotional status of primary school children in Oldbury, Sandwell. The focus of the project is based on the provision of a series of health related activities for both parents and children. The SHA project will promote the health of children, and their families by providing important primary, preventative, and early intervention health care activities.
The Cook and Eat Well programme is a 6 week session that took place within School from 11th November 2016 until 16th December 2016. Throughout this programme parents got to cook a range of new and exciting recipes. Any meals prepared within the session could be taken home to share with the rest of the family. Crèche facilities were provided to ensure all parents wishing to attend had the opportunity.
“I’ve found this session very enjoyable, welcoming and helpful. I learnt how to make cheap balanced meals. Healthy eating is rewarding and you don’t need to slim if you just eat correctly. I will be eating more fruit.”
Employability Skills Sessions
The Wellbeing Team offered this fantastic opportunity out to parents that have previously mentioned wanting to progress back into work. This was then offered out across the whole school. 16 parents initially requested to attend. This session took place within school from 9am-11am for one week 6th –10th February 2017. Parents received the support of trained practitioners.
- Personal development
- Literacy Skills
- Money Management
- CV Planning
- IT Skills
- Communication skills
- Presentation Skills
- Inter-personal skills
- Problem solving
“It’s a good social gathering with knowledgeable tutors and school staff. It felt very supported during all sessions. It’s a very informative course, it’s boosted me a lot. After a long gap in my career now I am feeling fresh to start learning again and thinking to start new courses.”
The school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will be run jointly between schools and West Midlands Police.
Operation Encompass is reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.
Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the local authority and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.
We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.
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