At the Belvedere Academy we aim to create a child centred and coordinated approach to safeguarding. We do this by ensuring that all our staff know that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility.
All staff are trained to identify children that may need additional help and support and to provide a safe environment where all our pupils can learn.
The academy also has a team of 5 designated safeguarding leads and they can be contacted on email@example.com.
Ms Speed is also a trained DSL and responsible for online safety at the academy and can also be contacted via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any online safeguarding issues or questions.
Dear Parents and Carers
As Half term approaches, please see below details of the February Half Term ‘Eat to Meet’ Holiday Programme.
The February “Eat to Meet 2” Half Term programme starts on the 12th February and there are lots of great activities happening over the school holidays. Children and young people, from reception to age 16, who are eligible for benefits related free school meals, will be able to access hundreds of activities throughout the half term holidays including specific provision available for children with SEND or additional needs, at no cost. There’s a great range of activities across the city including activities linked to Chinese New Year, Shrove Tuesday, and Valentine’s Day as well as boxfit, football, music, dance, cycling, gymnastics, smoothie making bike, cooking, discos, archery, arts and crafts, drama, tri-golf, trips out and zorbing! Every day there will be a range of fabulous meals available with many schemes holding family events as well.
To find out where your nearest scheme is click on this link https://merseyplay.com/february-half-term-eat-to-meet/ or go to https://www.merseyplay.com and click on the February Eat to Meet half term activities link.
When a parent/guardian/carer has chosen the activity/scheme they will need to contact that organisation to book a place. Each organisation will have either a telephone number, email address or online booking system. If their child has any additional needs or dietary requirements then they will need to discuss this with the organisation when they book. There is no central booking system so they will need to read the details of the programmes on the website and contact the providers directly.
If you want to know how to register or how to check if your child is eligible for free school meals then please click on the link https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals
If you are struggling with the cost of living then please click: https://www.liverpool.gov.uk/cost-of-living/
If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be entitled to get help to buy healthy food and milk. Click on the link to find out how to register https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/
Liverpool City Council is working with Mersey Play Action Council, local schools, voluntary and community organisations, and childcare providers to deliver the Eat To Meet Half Term Activity programme.
The Family Information and SEND Directory also provides a wealth of useful information and support for families - FISD.
Click here to ready the latest Liverpool Parenting Newsletter.
You will find new information to support Parents/ Carers, Families and children in Liverpool during the Month of December. Along with information regarding events and activities on offer.
The Newsletter includes information on services that can support parents during the month of December and into the New Year.
- Family Hub and Children Centres
- December Events Across The City for Families
- Winter health support
- Debt Advice
- Domestic Abuse
- Education Wonderhub Activities
- Employment Support and Adult Learning opportunities
- Mental Health
- Money Management and Financial help
- Parenting Programmes
- Parental Mental Health
- Support for Fathers
Safer Schools Police Officer
We work very closely with our safer schools police officer PC Haley Davies. PC Haley is in school every Friday morning and is able to support school with all aspects of keeping our school community safe. PC Haley is able to meet with parents and pupils so if you feel this would be helpful please get in touch with the safeguarding team and we can arrange this for you.
We participate in a project in partnership with Merseyside Police called Operation Encompass alongside all other schools in Liverpool. The project aims to support children who are affected by domestic abuse. Each school has a member of staff who is trained to liaise with the police, when required, whilst ensuring support is available to the child. If you would like to speak to someone further about the project or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs J Marshall
There is a wealth of information to support your child’s mental health via the CAMHS website. Support for parents and additional training can also be accessed through this site.
If you want to make a referral for your child you can do this by following the link below.
However if you need urgent support then please contact the Liverpool CAMHS Crisis Care team. Advice can be sought 24/7 using
As an alternative to CAMHS YPAS also offers mental health support to young people and their families.
Information attached below.
They also offer an alternative to crisis drop in at three community hubs and these provide a safe space for children and young people. Trained professionals staff will listen and support them through difficult times. The timings for these hubs can be found using the link below:
Kooth is an online mental health community that offers advice to young people via online counselling, blogs, discussion boards and journals. Your child can sign up anonymously for support via this organisation.
We employ a Place2Be mental health practitioner 3 days per week Tuesday to Thursday. Hend is available to support our young people with the following services:
- Place2Talk 30 minute drop in session - parent can email, phone or child can come to Hend’s room
- Structured 50 minute counselling 8 to 12 weeks - referrals from child, FT, HOY, DSL etc or parent referral
- Parent support - email, phone and can offer one off or a few session by phone or face to face
Hend can be contacted via email: email@example.com or by phone 0151 471 1853.
Flourishing Families is a whole family approach therapeutic service aimed at families with children and young people aged 5 – 25 living in a Liverpool City postcode. Each member of the family will be assessed on their own needs and the appropriate intervention is offered to support the family member. To find out more information please use the following link.
At the academy we have a Young Carers Team that look after all our young carers. We are aware that some of our young people have to spend a large amount of their free time caring for a family member who needs extra support.
Our Young carers take on a lot of responsibilities which can include mental health support, physical help including cooking, washing, hep with medication, personal care and looking after younger siblings That’s a lot to take on for a young person and many don’t realise they are doing anything special. Sometimes their additional responsibilities mean that young carers miss out on opportunities that other children have to play and learn.
If you think your child may be a young carer or that they need more support in school then please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.