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The Central Learning Partnership Trust takes the safety of our young people extremely seriously.

Safeguarding is what we do for all children and young people to keep them safe whilst in our care. Child protected describes the policy and procedures specifically for those young people who are at risk of serious harm or have been seriously harmed.

The welfare of each and every student at Coppice is of paramount importance and we aim to provide a caring, supportive and positive environment where children can feel safe, are able to learn and develop themselves. Adults in our school take all welfare concerns seriously and encourage children and young people to talk to us about anything that may worry them.

Coppice use Impero Classroom and Network Management software as a tool to support safeguarding online in school.

The safeguarding team at Coppice has 3 named members of staff and a wider pastoral team including year leaders and pastoral managers, to meet the needs of our young people.

We support all pupils at Coppice, paying close attention to those, most vulnerable. We ensure they receive as much support as necessary, helping them to overcome barriers to learning, achieve the best results possible and help secure a post 16 place.

We work closely with professionals in outside agencies, including the Police, School Nursing team, CAMHS and Children’s Services (to mention a few) who help to offer wider support for our youngsters. The pastoral team deliver regular assemblies and in house mentoring to ensure key trends are addressed and students are made aware of the support available to them.

We have welcomed a new member of our team, Lynnette Cuthbertson.

Lynette is a senior social worker who has recently started her new role within our school, this term.  Her role is part of a pilot scheme (called SWIS), which aims to increase support to children and their families at the earliest opportunity and reduce the number of referrals for specialist help. Wolverhampton is one of several local authorities taking part in a national trial to work with teachers, young people and their families.  A total of six social workers have begun working in Wolverhampton schools and may also work with the secondary’s feeder primary schools.  Lynette will be integrating into the school’s daily life, getting to know staff and pupils.  It is hoped that the scheme will help support the response to schools for safeguarding issues, increase collaboration between social workers, school staff and parents, and improve relationships between social workers and young people.  The social workers in schools programme follows a pilot in Lambeth, Southampton and Stockport last year, and is being scaled up to better evaluate its impact. We are really pleased to be part of this trial and look forward to Lynette staying with us, as long as possible.

If you feel we can help, please contact the main reception where your call will be directed to us.

Mrs L Smith – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Address Coppice Performing Arts School, Ecclestone Road, Wednesbury, WV11 2QE
Telephone 01902 558500