Safeguarding Policy

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Please click the link below to read the college safeguarding policy.

Safeguarding information for parents

Safeguarding Policy January 2017

Smith’s Wood Sports College works with Solihull Young Carers – the lead organisation for supporting carers of all ages in Solihull. Find out more at or at

Child Protection and Safeguarding

The staff and governors of the College recognize their responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of the children entrusted to their care by establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.

We are committed to establishing and maintaining an environment where children feel safe, are encouraged to talk and are listened to. We will ensure that children know that there are adults in the college whom they can approach if they are worried.

Any member of staff who has concerns about a child will report their concerns to the Designated Member of Staff (DMS) for Child Protection. The DMS and the Assistant DMS will work with other agencies in protecting children from harm and in responding to concerns about all issues relating to Child Protection and Safeguarding.

The Designated Member of Staff is Phillipa Brookes & Jane O’Dowd is the Deputy Designated Member of Staff

A copy of the Child Protection & Safeguarding policy is available from the college.

Child and Family Workers

We have four Child and Family Support Workers (CFWs), who have responsibility for delivering pastoral support and guidance to a key group of pupils and their families, in College and at home, and are specifically tasked with ‘narrowing the gap’. Each CFW is attached to a House so that we can offer even more support to targeted pupils and families.

An open door policy is in operation, developing a ‘Whole Family, House & Home’ approach to support and building a trusting relationship for all involved.  The Workers provide support using counselling skills, and offer guidance in accessing and receiving additional support from outside agencies and organisations.

Young Carers

Further information on Young Carers support can be found here.

Information for parents – The Prevent Strategy