at Smestow Academy

Smestow Academy is committed to promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We fully recognise our responsibilities for safeguarding and child protection. Our policy and procedures apply to all staff, governors and those visiting the school. We aim:
  • To recognise signs and symptoms of pupils suffering harm or likely to suffer harm at the earliest possible moment to prevent concerns from escalating.
  • Raising awareness of child protection issues and working on the prevention of abuse, through the teaching and pastoral support offered to students.
  • Following procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases of abuse.
  • To maintain a ‘child-centred’ approach and always act in the best interests of the child.
  • Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
  • Maintaining a ‘child-centred’ approach and always act in the best interests of the child.
The designated senior leader for Safeguarding at Smestow Academy is Ms A Heilbronn(DSL). If there are any concerns that a pupil may be at risk of abuse or neglect, in almost all circumstances we will talk to our parents/carers about our concerns and we will also explain if we need to refer our concerns to outside agencies. We will inform parents/carers if we need to make a referral, but in some circumstances we may need to make the referral without consulting. We will only do this if we genuinely believe that this is the best way to protect a pupil and the fact that we did not have consent from a parent/carer to the referral will be recorded.

Safeguarding Curriculum

We ensure we cover thoroughly all the latest and most relevant issues in both PSHEE, Citizenship and SMSC. From Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) to Prevention of Extremism, students are delivered tailored, age-appropriate sessions on our Topic Days to ensure they are all well equipped with the tools to deal with a challenging and ever changing world.

British Values

Drugs & Alcohol


Preventing Extremism

LGBT & Diversity

First Aid

Financial Planning

Religious Diversity

Sex & Relationships