Under the Education Act 2002 (Section 175), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  Parent/carers should know that the law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

The staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer, and where possible, seek their consent to a referral to Social Care. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm. Schools will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded.

Parents/carers will appreciate that the designated person for safeguarding (child protection) was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.

Please click here for a direct link to the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Click here also for a direct link Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy – Covid-19 Annex

Click here to view the whistleblowing policy

Latest News

December 2020

Online Safety Recommendations for Parents

Students safety is our first priority and everyone’s responsibility. Please click here and follow these guidelines to help keep young people safe online: Online Safety Recommendations for Parents

If you have any concerns, please contact us.


December 2020

Dear all,

We will be delivering two training courses for parents in December as part of the parent and caregiver engagement element of the whole school approach project, details attached below.  Please could you disseminate this information to your parent and caregivers.

8th December – Anxiety.

10.30-11.30am or 7.30-8.30pm

Description: This is a one-hour live streamed session for parents to get some information about the causes and signs of anxiety and how to help their child to manage them.  There will be two slots available either am or pm for parents to choose from.


17th December Self-esteem and Low Mood

10.30-11.30am or 7.30-8.30pm

Description: This is a one-hour live streamed session for parents to get some information about the causes and signs of low self-esteem and low mood and how to help their child to manage them.  There will be two slots available either am or pm for parents to choose from.


Parents will need to sign up this event on Eventbrite, please note that this event is for parents and caregivers of the Whole School Approach schools only and we would ask parents not to share this link any wider than the school community.

Many thanks


Laura Maher


Whole School Approach Practitioner

Coventry & Warwickshire Mind


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Keeping children safe from abuse and harm (Updated 29-06-2020)
The DfE has jointly published new guidance with the Home Office, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and Public Health England on keeping children safe from abuse and harm. This guidance brings together sources of information about the main risks children may be vulnerable to during the coronavirus pandemic and includes signposts to available help and support.


March 2020

Update from Coventry and Warwickshire Mind and our collaborative work on the Whole School Approach below

Whole School Approach – Coventry and Warwickshire Mind


Dear Parents/Carers,

Safeguarding Information during COVID 19

Safeguarding has never been more important so please know that the school is still aiming to ensure the right support gets to the right place, wherever possible given the current restrictions. The local family hubs are working hard to support families who are in need, so if you have any concerns about neighbours or yourselves please highlight the support available. We will also try and update this page as more information about support becomes available.

Please see the newsletter on the virtual school page of the school website for some helpful information about mental health and online safety tips. There is also a guide for parents on the virtual school page as students spend more time online during this period out of school, having discussions with your children about finding a healthy balance and staying safe has never been more important.

If you have any concerns you can email safeguarding@barrshill.coventry.sch.uk and we will do our best to respond with some helpful advice.

Hillfields Harmony Hub – https://www.facebook.com/pathwaysfamilyhub  024 7678 8444, PathwaysFamilyHub@coventry.gov.uk


Dear Parents/Carers,

We have received the below concern from West Midlands police. It has also been publicised in the media. It is a good reminder of how important it is that parents are fully aware of the apps or websites our young people are using. We recommend that parents have an open dialogue with young people about the positives and negatives of all social media. You might like to ask them regularly “which apps do your friends use most?”, “what is the latest craze?” and “have there been any problems online?”.

Please read the warning below and also the online safety advice at the following sites.



Thank you for your support, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or comments.

Kind Regards,

Dan Oliver

Senior Safeguarding Lead


Useful Links & Resources

Compass Coventry

Coventry Family Information Service

West Midlands Police

West Midlands Fire Service


Citizens Advice Bureau

The Children’s Society

Triple P

Christians Against Poverty

Coventry Haven

Petals Coventry