A SCHOOL has been recognised for its work to improve support for families affected by childhood sexual abuse.

The Somerset Phoenix Project, managed by Barnardo’s and delivered in partnership with SARSAS, provides support and training to professionals across the county.

Their ‘School Champion’ scheme is open to all local schools.

The free course helps staff to understand what sexual abuse is and to recognise the warning signs. It also highlights the effect of disclosures on teachers and other staff.

Schools can work towards Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.

Beech Grove Primary School, in Wellington, is the second in the county to complete the course and was presented with a ‘Bronze’ plaque.

Mandie Huggett, safeguarding and child protection coordinator for the school, said: “We are passionate about our support for children who are survivors of sexual abuse, and being able to implement early help interventions for all of our pupils in need.

“We have a strong ethos around the welfare and safeguarding and I am very proud to be an integral part of the School Champion scheme with the Phoenix Project.”