St Michael’s School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. Staff work hard to maintain an environment where children feel safe and secure. The curriculum is designed to ensure opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse including whilst accessing the internet. Children know that they can approach any of the adults in school if they are worried and that they will receive a consistent supportive response.
To fulfill our responsibilities for Safeguarding and Child Protection, we:
- Have clear staff recruitment and selection procedures, ensuring that all staff (including volunteers) who have unsupervised access to children, have been appropriately checked for their suitability through the DBS procedure.
- Aim to raise awareness of child protection issues and equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
- Develop and implement procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases of abuse.
- Support children who have been abused in accordance with his/her Child Protection Plan.
- Establish a safe and nurturing environment free from discrimination or bullying where children can learn and develop happily.
John Neenan, Headteacher, is the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Julie Phillips, Deputy Headteacher and Fiona Tibbitt, Business Manager/Pastoral Care, are the Alternative DSLs. Don’t hesitate to talk to one of them if you have worries.
Please note that staff and other adults in school should wear Identity badges on lanyards at all times. Children should be made aware of their significance and feel able to tell us if they see an adult in school during the day who isn’t wearing one.