Safeguarding

Statutory Information

Safeguarding

St. Michael’s CE Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of its pupils. We believe that our school should provide a safe, secure and happy environment that promotes social, emotional, physical and moral development of the individual child.

Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy details the procedures in place to actively safeguard our pupils. We recognise that all adults, including volunteers and governors, have a part to play in protecting our pupils from harm and all staff (including governors) are trained in safeguarding procedures.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies where there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns are shared with the child’s parents in the first instance, unless we have reason to believe that this would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Tracy Ball (Headteacher) and our Deputy Designated Officer's are Emma Klinker (AHT), Priya Banerji (AHT) and Alison Palmer (Inclusion Lead).

Our Safeguarding Governor is Maureen Atkinson

If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please speak to either Mrs Ball or Mrs Palmer.

If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviours of a member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then you should report this directly to the Headteacher (or Chair of Governors – Margaret Perkins- if the concern relates to the Headteacher) who will consider what action to take.

Mrs T Ball

Headteacher/Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs A Palmer

Inclusion/Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs E Klinker

Assistant Head/DDSL

Mrs P Banerji

Assistant Head/DDSL

The difference between Safeguarding and Child Protection
 
 Safeguarding applies to all children and young people.
 Child Protection applies to children who have/are experiencing abuse in their lives.
 
 
United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child. The following Articles apply to Safeguarding:
 
Article 3 : My best interests Article 25 : Review of my treatment if I’m in care
Article 6 : My survival and development Article 27 : An adequate standard of living
Article 9 : To live with my parents Article 33 : Protection from drugs
Article 18 : To be raised by my parents if possible Article 34 : Protection from sexual exploitation
Article 19 : Protection from harm Article 36 : Protection from exploitation
Article 20 : Special care and help if I can’t be raised with my parents Article 39 : Help if I’ve been hurt, neglected or mistreated
Article 21 : Care and adoption if I’m in foster care  
 
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

From Keeping Children Safe in Education, DfE, 2021
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