At St Michael’s RC Primary School, we regard the safeguarding of children as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. We all have the responsibility to make this happen.
Definition of Safeguarding
The definition used in the Children Act 2004 and in ‘Working together to safeguard children’. This can be summarised as:
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm. It relates to aspects of school life including:
- pupils’ health and safety
- the use of reasonable force
- meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions
- providing first aid
- educational visits
- intimate care
- internet or e-safety
- appropriate arrangements to ensure school security, taking into account the local context.
Safeguarding can involve a range of potential issues such as:
- bullying, including cyber bullying (by text message, on social networking sites, and so on) and prejudice-based bullying
- racist, disability, and homophobic or transphobic abuse
- radicalisation and extremist behaviour
- child sexual exploitation
- substance misuse
- issues that may be specific to a local area or population, for example gang activity and youth violence
- particular issues affecting children including domestic violence, sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation and forced marriage
Safeguarding at St Michaels
The named governor for Safeguarding is Mrs Kimberley Ivory.
The named governor for Looked after Children is Mrs Kimberley Ivory.
The named governor for Prevent and FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) is Mrs Kimberley Ivory.
The named governor for CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) is Miss Lauren Kirkwood.
5 members of staff are trained in Level 2 safeguarding and child protection
- Mrs J Bruton (Headteacher)
- Mrs C Parker (Deputy Headteacher)
- Mrs J Brown (School Business Manager)
- Miss L Kirkwood (SLT Member)
- Miss C Crawley (SLT Member for Early Years)
All other staff and governors have been trained in Level 1 safeguarding and child protection
3 Governors are trained in Level 2 safeguarding and child protection – Mrs K Ivory, Mrs R Veitch and Mrs V Kelsey
All staff have been trained in Prevent and FGM
Miss Kirkwood has been trained in Child Sexual Exploitation
All staff and some governors have attended E Safety Training in school
Mrs Bruton, Miss Kirkwood, Mrs Veitch and Mrs Ivory are trained in Safer Recruitment
- If a concern is raised regarding a child a ‘Note Of Concern’ is completed on the school CPOMS system
- If a concern is raised regarding a member of staff this must be given to the Headteacher
- If a concern is raised regarding the Headteacher this must be given to the Chair of Governors
- All of these concerns are taken very seriously and correct procedures are followed as stated in our Safeguarding Keeping Children Safe policy which can be found on our policies page
Visitors to St Michael’s School
All visitors are expected to show identification and required documentation. They will then be asked to turn off their mobile phone and sign the visitors book and will then be given a sticker to identify them as a visitor.
Visitors are asked to read the visitors guide to safeguarding. Regular visitors are provided with a leaflet to ensure they follow school protocol.
For further information please view the Protocol for Regular Visitors document below:
If you would like further information on Safeguarding please use the following links:
Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2018
Working Together to Safeguard Children March 2015 updated February 2016
Protocol for Regular Visitors
Peer on Peer Abuse Policy
Whistleblowing Policy Confidential Reporting Code
Early Years Child Protection
Students and Volunteer Policy
Keeping children safe in school – Incorporating Child Protection 2018
County Lines Guidance
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