Child abuse is the mistreatment by an adult of a child or young person that harms or endangers that child or young person’s physical or emotional health, development or well-being.

This is the statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment. Click to read or download: Keeping children safe in education

Statutory guidance on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children can be found here: Working together to safeguard children

NSPCC, Child abuse and neglect, find out what child abuse is, how to spot the signs, who is affected and what you should do if you’re worried about a child: NSPCC, Child abuse and neglect

If you want to discuss some concerns about a student because they are at risk or you want further support, please contact:

Designated senior person for child protection:
Genna Griffiths
01384 566598

Deputy designated person:
Geraldine Butler
01384 566598

Our nominated child protection governor is Stephen Rayner who can be contacted on

If you are concerned about a student who attends Forge, here are some useful contact details:

Sandwell Social Care: 0121 569 3100
Dudley Social Care: 0300 555 2345
NSPCC helpline: 0808 800 5000

Child abuse falls into one or more of four categories: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect:

Physical abuse – is being physically violent towards a child.
Neglect – is making a child feel unwanted, ugly, worthless, guilty, unloved.
Sexual abuse – is exploiting a child sexually.
Emotional abuse – is failing to provide the emotional support needed for a child to grow.

If the child is at risk of serious harm or danger please contact the police on 999 or 0845 113 5000, immediately.

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