The core of our school revolves around developing the whole person. It goes without saying that safety and well-being are paramount to that development.

Safeguarding is the responsibility of all staff at Ridgeway Secondary School and so all are trained to know how to identify abuse and other issues, how to manage disclosures made by students and how to report a safeguarding concern.  If you have a concern that any child is being harmed or is at risk of harm please contact our designated safeguarding lead – Mr J Worton by clicking the button above or emailing him at [email protected]

Private Fostering

If you allow your child to be cared for by someone else for 28 days or more, and this has not been arranged formally by Worcestershire Children First then this could be a ‘Private Fostering Arrangement’. You should call Children’s Services on tel: 01905 822666 if you think that you are privately fostering a child.

A Private Foster Carer is someone who is looking after your child and who is not a close relative (such as your parents, or your adult sister or brother) and who is not paid, unless by you. Step parents are treated as close relatives if they are married to the parent. Brothers and sister-in law can be classed as close relatives too.

As a Private Fostering is a private arrangement it can be hidden from agencies who have a responsibility to safeguard the welfare of children. Privately Fostered children can be vulnerable as they may not see their families very often. It is therefore important that their needs are assessed and their situation monitored to safeguard their well being.