Dealing with Suspected Cases of Abuse:
Staff will listen to and work closely with parents to make sure children feel safe and protected within our school environment. If we suspect a child is being abused or neglected we will report it to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) which is part of Sandwell’s Children Trust. Once the specific authorities are notified, they will then decide the best way to proceed and the school’s role will be limited.
Staff at Shenstone Lodge School will not take part in any investigation, though they may be called upon to supply any information which may be deemed relevant. They may also be asked to provide additional support for the child.
Our school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between Education and West Midlands Police.
Operation Encompass is a police and Education safeguarding partnership that supports children and young people
to exposed to Domestic Abuse. It aims to ensure Schools are notified in a timely manner of any Domestic Abuse incident where a child was either present or registered at the address. This early notification should mean that, in most cases, schools are alerted in readiness for the children arriving at school the first working day following an incident.