At Halesowen College we’re passionate about safeguarding our students. We believe that we have a moral as well as a statutory duty to ensure that we safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk of harm in our care.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility and everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility, all our professionals are trained to make sure that their approach is child-centered.
We commit to:
At Halesowen college we recognise that well-being and mental health concerns can have an impact on anyone at any time. We have a dedicated team of well-being advisors and counsellors who will: listen, find a safe space and time to talk, show kindness and compassion, be respectful, be open and inclusive and offer support and guidance to support success. Where it is appropriate, we will refer to external services.
All learners have access to Togetherall, a support platform available 24/7 to support mental fitness. We have the support of Hazel Charlton, college Chaplain who runs the ‘Animal Cafe’ – this allows learners to meet in a safe space and handle animals which can promote well-being and improve mental health.
Togetherall is a safe, online community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing. Sign up for free using college email account and access 24/7 support.
Papryus UK: https://www.papyrus-uk.org/
Are you, or is a young person you know, not coping with life? For confidential suicide prevention advice contact HOPELINEUK. We are open 9am–midnight every day. PAPYRUS UK is a charity for the prevention of young suicide (under 35) in the UK | Call PAPYRUS HOPELINEUK on 0800 068 4141
For free 24/7 Mental Health support TEXT ‘SHOUT’ to 85258
Samaritans: https://www.samaritans.org/ – 24/7 phone line 116 123
Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Your online mental wellbeing community – Free, safe and anonymous support
Brook Clinic: https://www.brook.org.uk
Free and confidential sexual health and wellbeing support.
Lets Chat: https://letschatwellbeing.co.uk/resources/
Take It Down: https://takeitdown.ncmec.org
Happier Minds: https://happierminds.org.uk
Shore Space: https://shorespace.org.uk
Are you worried about your child? Please take a look at these recommended websites for advice and support.
Parent Zone: https://parentzone.org.uk/article/help-and-support
We deliver our work in a variety of ways: in-person training, individual family support, physical and virtual resources, live events, podcasts and much more.
If you’re worried about a child, it can be hard to know what to do. We’ve got information and advice on different types of child abuse, how to spot the signs and what you can do to help keep children safe.
Family Lives: https://www.familylives.org.uk/
Family Lives provides targeted early intervention and crisis support to families. If you need to talk, we’re here to listen.
Education against hate: https://educateagainsthate.com/parents/
Messages of hate can take many forms. Extremist groups use them to recruit young people. Parents can find answers to common questions and resources to help protect your child below.
For help and support regarding online behaviour.
This May Help: https://thismayhelp.me/
This May Help has been created to support parents and carers with concerns about their child’s mental health.
Teenage Relationship Abuse – A parent’s and carer’s guide to violence and abuse in teenage relationships
Feeling and staying safe: https://www.themix.org.uk/crime-and-safety/personal-safety
Rape and sexual violence: https://rapecrisis.org.uk/get-help/want-to-talk/
West Mercia – https://www.wmrsasc.org.uk/
Black Country – https://blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk/
Birmingham and Sandwell – https://rsvporg.co.uk/
Domestic violence support (Includes information for males, LGBTQ+, and those at risk of forced marriage / honour based abuse):
Drug addiction support:
Halesowen College is committed to supporting our care experienced learners to prepare you to succeed in your lifelong learning and wider life experiences, and to maximise your success in your future working lives. We have developed strong relationships with our neighbouring Local Authorities, and have support in place to help you. The attached policy shows how we will support your engagement, admission, support and progression providing you with the confidence and motivation to succeed in your chosen pathway.