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City of Birmingham school has a very positive relationship with West Midlands Police. COBS Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) attends a range of strategic liaison meetings with the police and works closely with the 'Community Safety Partnership'. We work proactively with our full-time Link Police Officer who is extremely helpful when called upon and has assisted us in a variety of ways.
Since 2014-2015, COBS has taken part in an initiative placing student social workers from local universities in schools as part of their course. We have several students each year who contribute greatly to our safeguarding work. They are able to provide one-to-one sessions; complete 'Early Help Assessment' requests' and referrals to other agencies for support, and follow the cases through; link with outside agencies such as Barnardo’s and Spurgeon's; support parents where necessary; and gain excellent experience in a range of safeguarding cases.
Each of our centre's has a 'Family Support Worker', (FSW), whose primary role is to liaise with families over a number of issues including attendance and behaviour. They are able to offer personalised support to families including one-to-one sessions with parents and pupils, group sessions, and an all-round support package for families who may want to access it.
Poor attendance is a major cause for concern for any youngster and can lead to high levels of vulnerability. COBS maintains some contact with the ELIT Service through the running of the ‘Fast Track’ attendance scheme, which targets persistent absentees and can lead to fines for cases where there is no improvement. In extreme cases this can also lead to parent/carers receiving a 'School Attendance Order' via the Courts.