The Meadows School is committed to safeguarding all of our children and promoting their welfare. We take our responsibility very seriously and we expect all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this common commitment. Our priority is to ensure our school remains a safe place for children, staff and all other members of our school community.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy, which can also be viewed in the Policies section of our website or is available on request.

There may be times when we need to call the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) to ask for advice or even make a referral about a child. We ask that you respect our professionalism should we need to do this; in some cases, we may need to do this without seeking parental involvement to help ensure the safety and well-being of a child.

The school follows the Multi Agency Thresholds Guidance: Continuum of Help & Support in keeping children safe.

If you have any concerns about the safety or welfare of a child or young person please do not hesitate to talk to a member of the Designated Safeguarding Team:

Meet the DSL Team

Lead DSL

Theodora Papaspyrou

Deputy Headteacher


Deputy DSLs

Kevin Hurcombe - Assistant Headteacher

Kevin Hurcombe 

Assistant Headteacher

Fay Bedford 

Pastoral Support Worker 

Rebecca Malpass

Pastoral Support Worker

Kerry Patrick 

Pastoral Support Worker


Graham Spencer 

Assistant Headteacher and

Designated LAC Teacher



The Safeguarding Team can be contacted through the school Office on 0121 569 7080


Alternatively, you can

  • contact the Sandwell safeguarding team on 0121 569 3100 (this number is available outside normal office hours); or 
  • contact West Midlands Police on 101 (24-hour non-emergency number); or
  • contact the NSPCC helpline 0808 800 5000 (free service, lines open 24 hours a day);


If a child is in immediate danger, you should contact the police by dialling 999.

You may access further information on Support for Parents/Carers over the School Holidays and Weekends here

Visitors:  Click to download a copy of our Safeguarding Booklet

Parents/Carers: Please click on the following link Parent Engagements Questionnaire (Safeguarding) to enable you to provide us with some feedback on the type of advice, information and support you may require.

Useful Links

Sandwell Safeguarding Children Partnership






Operation Encompass


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As a Sandwell School we are part of Operation Encompass which is a Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership that supports children and young people exposed to Domestic Abuse.  It aims to ensure Schools are notified in a timely manner of any Domestic Abuse incident where children are present or registered at the address. 

If you or anyone you know is affected by domestic abuse, you can seek help through the school or through Black Country Women’s aid who can be reached on 0121 553 0090 or through their website.

(Please note: Despite the name, BCWA also works with and supports men, boys and non-binary people).

More information about Operation Encompass can be found at