Mansfield Green E-ACT Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The health and safety of all our children is paramount.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare.
We will ensure that concerns about our children are discussed with parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move will result in further harm to the child.
At Mansfield Green, safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm such as abuse or neglect but preventing them from harm through the following:
- Pupil health and safety
- Bullying; racist abuse; harassment and discrimination
- Meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions
- Providing First Aid
- Safe educational visits
- Pastoral care
- Internet safety
- Gang activities
- School security
We ensure that children are growing up in a safe environment at home and school which enables them to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully and happily.
If you have any concerns about child protection or safeguarding and are unable to contact our school then please contact:
Children’s Advice & Support Service (CASS) on 0121 303 1888.
Outside of normal office hours please call 0121 675 4806 for the Emergency Duty Team.
Prevent Duty for Schools
As part of our ongoing safeguarding and child protection duties we are fully behind the government’s Prevent Strategy.
From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty for Schools.
At Mansfield Green, we build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views.
The statutory guidance refers to the importance of Prevent awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas. The Home Office has developed a core training product for this purpose – Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP). All our staff have received WRAP training sessions on what Prevent is and how to deal with any issues they may see inside or outside school.
Staying Safe Online
At school we encourage our children to be SMART:
S- Stay Safe. Keep safe by never sharing any personal or private information.
M- Meet. Never agree to meet someone online.
A- Accepting Files or Messages. Never accept a file or message from someone you don’t know!
R- Reliable. Sometimes people don’t tell the truth online. They could be lying about who they are.
T- Tell. Tell someone (a trusted adult) if you feel worried or upset by something online.
For more information please click below:
Children are taught how to keep themselves safe online through a combination of assemblies and lessons from their class teacher.
In particular, children are shown how to:
- use technology safely, respectfully and responsibility
- recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour online, such as cyberbullying
- keep passwords and personal information safe
- report when they feel unsafe
- understand their online presence and how to be in control of their own privacy
We understand that it can be overwhelming to keep up-to-date with new technologies so we highly recommend using the resources below to keep your children safe online.
We have a range of printed guides within school that explain how you can keep your children safe online. Please speak to a DSL (Gemma Chilton) if you would like a copy or you would like to attend our regular parent workshop on keeping your children safe online.
This video from Internet Matters explains how to apply parental restrictions at home.
This wizard from Internet Matters guides you through the process of applying parental restrictions at home to many different types of devices, from mobile phones and tablets, to broadband routers and apps.
Net Aware from the NSPCC is a website that lists many apps that children use. It explains their risks and how you can keep children safe if they’re using them. Click here to view the website.
Worried about YouTube?
During our last E-Safety parental workshop, many parents raised their worries about their children using YouTube at home. We also share these anxieties and so we’ve looked into some possible options to help you. The best way to ensure your children on safe online is to encourage them to use their devices within shared family areas and to openly talk to them about the dangers.
The simplest option (for tablets and phones) — YouTube Kids
Simply install the app on your children’s devices and remove the adult-version of YouTube. Your children will only be able to access specially selected content for their age group. The adverts are also suited towards children.
See more information about YouTube Kids at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/youtube-kids.
Setting up parental controls on YouTube (for laptops and computers)
This involves signing into YouTube and setting up parental restrictions. You can then see what your children are looking at. There are more instructions on how to do this at https://www.internetmatters.org/controls/interactive-guide/YouTube/.
Alternatively, look at this video for a brief guide on how to do this.
Keeping Children safe online
During this time of school closures, students may have increased use of the internet. Mansfield Green E-ACT Primary Academy recommends the following resources to support parents in keeping their children safe online. It is essential that parents/carers are monitoring their child’s use of the internet in order to keep them safe.
|Keeping Children Safe Online|
|To set up Parental controls on your home computers and mobiles then please see this website for advice:||https://www.childnet.com/resources/parental-controls|
|For all the latest on new platforms that students are using such as snapchat, particularly on mobile devices, then please visit:||https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2020|
|If you are worried about online sexual abuse then please contact both the Academy and CEOP:||https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/|
|The UK Safer Internet Centre also has some useful information and can be accessed on:||https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2019/education-packs/activities-parents-and-carers|
|O2 and the NSPCC have come together to offer some really helpful advice on internet safety and the address is listed below:||https://www.o2.co.uk/help/nspcc|
|Some useful advice for parents/carers on internet safety||https://www.internetmatters.org/schools-esafety/parent-online-support-pack-teachers/|
|Further advice for parents/carers on internet safety||https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/|
Please be advised that all academy updates regarding Covid-19 can be found on our website.
Sources of Support and external support
Free, private and confidential services to discuss any worries or concerns
999 Emergency calls
101 Non-emergency calls
0121 303 1888
Emergency out-of-hours: 0121 675 4806
Forward Thinking Birmingham
0300 300 0099
Pause Drop in Service
21 Digbeth, Birmingham
Young Minds Charity
Crisis Messenger Text YM to 85258
Parents Helpline 0808 802 5544
Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health (NHS)
0121 262 3555
(This line is available 24 hours, 7 days a week and can be used whether you are known to the service or not)
0808 800 0028
Open 7 days a week 9.15am – 5.15pm (closed bank holidays)
Aston and Nechells Foodbank
07384 213 621 or (0121 359 0801)
Birmingham Central Foodbank
0121 236 2997
Sources of Academy support
Please note that these sources of support are not monitored at all times, for emergency/urgent assistance please refer to the sources of external support.
Safeguarding email address
For any concerns around safeguarding please email
Gemma.Chilton@e-act.org.uk to share your concern with our safeguarding team. Please include your contact details to help us assist you.
For enquires not relating to safeguarding please contact us on
Please also note you can telephone Mansfield Green E-ACT Primary Academy on 0121 464 6590.