Support for Parents/Carers & Students
The Phoenix Collegiate Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy Covid-19
Please click here for the school procedures adaptations for Coronavirus Pandemic.
Safeguarding Information and Updates - please find attached a Covid-19 leaflet from Sandwell Children’s Safeguarding Partnership. The link is: https://www.sandwellcsp.org.uk/homepage/covid-19/resources-andinformation
Free School Meals
If you are entitled to free school meals, and have received a voucher in the post, please send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your next voucher instantly by email. Emailed vouchers are also valid at other shops e.g. Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Asda and many more, unlike posted vouchers which are only available at Tesco.
Please follow the instructions below to access your e-vouchers.
These instructions can also be downloaded below.
Important Notice about SPAM Emails
Please be aware of a spam email circulating about free school meals. We have been informed that some parents/carers have received an email stating the following: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.If you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately.
Salma Food Bank
Salma Food Bank based in Smethwick are delivering food parcels to families who are unable to access shops due to the current health crisis.
They can be contacted on 07767164246
Smethwick Food Bank
Food Parcels (For vulnerable families)
The Council Food Hub is now able to provide food boxes to support vulnerable families who cannot access Free School Meals (and therefore the Edenred voucher system), but are vulnerable around food poverty (e.g. the family are self-employed and face a major loss of income, awaiting registration for benefits etc.). These can be used where no other system in school has been set up. The food hub will provide 1 parcel per child, per week. The value of the box will be at least £15
These boxes will be available at the school’s discretion, to support families in need and can be accessed by the school making contact with the food hub.
For your family to access this provision we need the following details.
- The number of parcels you need to be delivered directly from the Food Hub to your address. ( How many children are in the home)
- Parent/Carer mobile number, address and postcode.
- Any specific dietary requirements for these children.
If you require this provision please email email@example.com with FOODHUB in the subject box and the information from above.
Phoenix will then contact the council FoodHub on your behalf.
Sandwell Virtual Libraries
Click here to see the latest information from Sandwell Council on virtual libraries and Audiobooks.
Phone support for Young People
Sandwell Beam has launched a phone support service for young people We're an emotional health and well-being service for 5 to 18 year olds and up to 25 if you're a care-leaver.
To access this service or to hear about other ways Beam can support you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
DA COVID-19 Leaflet
Please click here for advice about domestic abuse support in the West Midlands during COVID-19.
Online Safety at Home
Please visit the Online Safety page for help and advice for parents/carers on keeping children safe online at home.
Useful Links and Resources
Good to Know News Newsletter 20th April
Advice and Support for Students
There will be times when students need help and advice during their time at school. At Phoenix we have a strong pastoral system staffed by a team of experienced teaching and non-teaching professionals. In addition there is a wide range of support and advice for young people online. Links to some sites have been provided below.
BROOK offers free and confidential sexual health services for under 25s.
Brook West Bromwich, 10 St Michael's Court, West Bromwich, B70 8ET - Telephone: 0121 553 2666
Opening times: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 12.00pm-7.00pm Saturday: 12.00pm-4.00pm. Click here for further information.
THINK YOU KNOW is a website designed to help children and young people keep themselves safe from sexual abuse and exploitation by developing skills in identifying and avoiding risk, learning how best to protect themselves and their friends, and knowing how to get support and report abuse if they do encounter difficulties. Click here for further information.
|FRANK is a national drug education service jointly established by the Department of Health and Home Office of the British government in 2003. It is intended to reduce the use of both legal and illegal drugs by educating teenagers and adolescents about the potential effects of drugs and alcohol. Click here for further information.|
|CHILDLINE is a free 24-hour counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday in the United Kingdom provided by the NSPCC. Childline deals with any issue which causes distress or concern, common issues dealt with include child abuse, bullying, mental illness, parental separation or divorce, pregnancy, substance misuse, neglect, and psychological abuse. Click here for further information.|
A safe, confidential and non-stigmatized way for young people to receive free counselling, advice and support on-line (via our 24 hour website). Including: A chat function for a young person to drop in to speak to a readily available counsellor (see below for live chat times). A messaging function to contact the service. Live discussion groups
N.B. The service is staffed by fully trained and qualified counsellors and is free to access for all 11-25 year olds , who live or go to school in Solihull or are looked after by Solihull Council or have a Solihull GP.
We know that this is a difficult and challenging time for everyone – but particularly so for adults and children living with domestic abuse and the professionals working hard to support them.
If you or someone you know are experiencing domestic abuse and are under quarantine amid the coronavirus outbreak, local and national organisations want you to know: You are not alone, and help is still available.
Click here for more information.