Safeguarding at REACH is at the forefront of everything we do. Please use this page for information on our safeguarding policies, and for advice, guidance and links to useful external agency support
Parents and carers are the most important partners we work with to support and develop our students. The care and protection you give to children is so important in keeping them safe, and helping to ensure they are best placed to learn, grow and succeed.
We appreciate that the environments in which our children grow up, and the pressures they face, are constantly changing and evolving, so it can be a challenge to know how best to keep them safe. This section of the website is designed to give you some helpful information and resources to support the care you provide, and make you aware of some of the current risks and issues facing children and young people.
This guidance applies to all schools and colleges and is for:
headteachers, teachers and staff
governing bodies, proprietors and management committees
It sets out the legal duties you must follow to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18 in schools and colleges.
The NSPCC is one of the biggest charities in the country working to keep children and young people safe. They have information for parents and carers covering a wide variety of topics, including online safety, bullying, gangs and peer groups, leaving children home alone, and much more.
YoungMinds is one of the country's leading mental health charities for children and young people. This section of their website has really helpful information for parents and carers, and they have a Parents Advice Line
(0808 802 5544).
Educate against hate
This website provides parents with information about the risks of radicalisation, and extremist beliefs and actions. It highlights the nature of the risks posed to young people, and gives practical tips for discussing these risks with your children, and steps you can take to protect them.
Mental health and wellbeing
At REACH, we have our own designated Mental Health and Wellbeing page with online resources and contacts to help keep yourself and your child safe.
Please click on the link below.
Our Designated Safeguarding Team
Our DSL(s) are;
Nicola Redhead - Headteacher
Shelley Haddon - Lead DSL
Mary Lynch - Deputy DSL
Other DSL(s) Ben Connolly & Lauren Taylor
Our Safeguarding Governor is Sarah McEneny
If you have any safeguarding concerns or require more information, please contact us.
Substance Misuse (Drugs and Alcohol)
Gangs and Negative Peer Concerns
Gangsline - Gangsline is a non-profit organisation that seeks to work with all those affected by gang culture. They provide information and advice for parents and carers on their website and over the phone
(01322 305 105 and 07753 351 256).
West Midlands Police - If you have concerns, you can find advice and guidance here.
Family Lives - An organisation that aims to support parents and carers through forums, videos, courses and a confidential help line (0808 800 2222).
Next Door is an app that can be used to connect to other local residents, allowing neighbours to help each other out, as well as finding out about local services.
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) - Child Sexual Exploitation is a process by which under 18s are befriended by a peer or adult, they are made to feel special through gifts, attention or status, and then they are pressured to get involved in sexual activity. This is a form of abuse and can have devastating effects on young people and their families. Parents and carers need to be aware of this risk and speak to their children about healthy relationships and staying safe.
Barnardos - Barnardos have created an information video and booklet for parents about spotting the signs of CSE.
NWG Birmingham CSE Team - A multi-agency team led by Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police to provide support to victims of CSE and young people identified at risk of CSE
Phone: 0121 303 1888
Phone: 0121 6754806 out of hours
Staying Safe Online
Net Aware - A partnership between the NSPCC and O2, this helpful website provides easy to understand information for parents and carers about apps and platforms that are popular with young people. You can also download the Net Aware app for your phone, call the free helpline on 0808 800 5002, or book an appointment with an O2 guru in store (no matter what network you or your child use) for them to show you how to ensure you have the right security settings activated on your child's phone.
ChildNet - This website provides helpful information about staying safe online, and covers a wide variety of topics. It has a good top tips leaflet for parents, which is available in 12 different languages.
Think You Know - This website provides helpful information on a wide variety of topics relating to young people's socialisation and relationships online.
Parent Zone - This website provides parents with a number of guides covering different aspects of life, and how they may be affected by the use of technology.