Bristnall Hall Academy, Bristnall Hall Lane, Oldbury, West Midlands, B68 9PA
Bristnall Hall Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. To achieve this commitment, we ensure continuous development and improvement of robust safeguarding and child protection processes and procedures that promote a culture of safeguarding amongst our staff and volunteers.
Our academy is part of Parent Zone’s Digital Schools Membership programme, recognising our commitment to keeping our pupils safer online, and making sure we work with you to achieve this.
Our Digital Schools membership gives you FREE access to Parent Zone’s Parent Lounge. To register, please follow this link for instructions.
Please take a few minutes to go through our Online Safety Survey for parents.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead and Designated Lead for Looked After Children is Mr Gary Whall (Director of Inclusion and DSL) 0121 552 5425
Our Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Antoinette Jackson (Lead Achievement Coordinator and ADSL)
Our Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr Ian Jones (Assistant Principal and ADSL)
Our Online Safety Officer is Mr Phillip Wakeman (IT Manager and Online Safety Officer)
The designated governor for safeguarding is Mrs Pat Hunt
All adults who work at our academy have a responsibility to read and understand all safeguarding policies;
All adults are expected to read the DfE guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education – September 2016.
This should be read alongside the statutory guidance Working together to Safeguard Children and departmental advice What to do if you are worried a child is being abused – Advice for Practitioners. All adults at Bristnall Hall are made aware of the NSPCC Whistleblowing Advice Line on 0800 028 0285. This service provides support to employees needing to raise concerns about how their organisation has handled a child protection concern.
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism or extremist causes. The strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism. All schools have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. Bristnall Hall Academy is committed to protecting our young people from extremist and violent views, and to teaching them values such as tolerance and mutual respect. We provide a safe environment for pupils to discuss any issue so they better understand how to protect themselves.
Here is our parent leaflet on this topic: Parent Leaflet
All adults at Bristnall Hall receive Prevent Strategy training.
Here is a link to the Department of Education’s paper on The Prevent Duty – www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/439598/prevent-duty-departmental-advice-v6.pdf
Please see this NSPCC video for Parents/Carers worried about radicalisation:
Further safeguarding and online safety advice
NSPCC (for adults) 0808 800 5000
Child Line (for young people) 0800 111
Mental health and well being bank of services, supporting students, staff and parents with emotional health
ATT Safeguarding Newsletter
Our trust regularly publishes newsletters regarding aspect of keeping safe.
Digital Parenting Magazine from Parent Zone
Online-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Bristnall Hall Academy. We have extensive security measures in place in the Academy, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard students from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any Online-Safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our Online-Safety Policy. Online-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
Please use the link below to report any Online-Safety Incidents or any other concerns e.g. bullying, peer issues, schoolwork. Reports using the tool below are anonymous by default.
Please see Online Safety Videos below:
For information on Social Media sites and their safety features for a number of platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, please follow this link to the UK Safer Internet Centre’s Social Media guides. Copies of these can also be found in the academy reception area along with other useful information.
The academy has been awarded the 360o Online-Safety Mark. More details of this will follow, including the feedback report.
We are developing software use to further safeguard our young people, through My Concern and Tootoot. We have recently changed our onsite protection as well, to enable better safeguarding reporting and more efficient and effective filtering.
All Bristnall Hall Academy staff complete regular Online-Safety training.
All of Year 7 and 8 will be completing an Online-Safety qualification in 2016-2017 to ensure that they understand in detail how to stay safe online, the BSC Level 1 Award in e-safety
In support of the well being and safety of our young people and their families please use this link during times of challenge or distress, and reach out to those who can help: https://route2wellbeing.info/