It is essential that our children feel safe, supported and cared for in their learning and relationships within and beyond our school. Our 3 rules of Safe, Respectful and Hardworking underpin the principles of high expectations for all, positive behaviour strategies and consistency. All staff are unrelenting in pursuit of this aim and we are proud to be a safeguarding school.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility at St Michaels Primary School. The purpose of our safeguarding policy is to ensure every child who is a registered pupil at our school is safe and protected from harm. This means we will always work to:
· Protect children at our school from maltreatment;
· Prevent impairment of our children’s health or development;
· Ensure that children at our school grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
· Undertake that role so as to enable children at our school to have the best outcomes.
Our policy gives clear direction to staff, volunteers, visitors, governors and parents about our expectations and our legal responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children at our school. Our school fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children from harm and to support and promote the welfare of all children who are registered pupils at our school.
Designated Safeguarding Leads
Mrs Alison Drayton is our Designated Safeguarding lead (DSL) and Mrs Cathy Prole is our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. Both DSLs work with Trafford’s First Response team and other multi-agency professionals to ensure any concerns are reported in a timely manner and support for pupils and families can be sought as needed.
If you have a concern about any child living in the Trafford area, the links below allow you to make contact with First Response to share your worries. 0161 912 5125 Email FirstResponse@trafford.gov.uk
Or alternatively, make an appointment with the School Office (0161 748 3669) to meet or talk to Mrs Drayton confidentially.
Additional to the above, St Michaels Primary School recognises the significant impact domestic violence/abuse can have on children and young people. Therefore we have signed up to Operation Encompass.
Operation Encompass is a system which facilitates the sharing of information relating to domestic incidents where children live or frequent.
Safeguarding and SEND
The school understands that children with special educational needs and disabilities can face additional safeguarding challenges.
- Some pupils with SEND may not be aware that they are being harmed
- Some pupil with SEND may not be able to communicate their ideas, needs and feelings as easily as their peers
- Any changes in behaviour may be considered to be linked their SEND
We have additional resources to support our SEND pupils to communicate any issues or worries.