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At St. Michael's School ensuring the safety and welfare of every child is of paramount importance to us. We strongly believe that every child has the right to feel safe and supported and we know that in order for this to happen every member of our community has a responsibility to safeguard all our children. All staff and governors receive regular Child Protection Training and updates. We have four trained members of the Safeguarding TeamMrs Birch, Miss Nuttall, Mrs Rigby and Meg Buckley who is our named governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection.

 

If you ever have any concerns about a child's safety or well being please do talk to a member of the team in confidence. All staff understand the need for confidentiality and we also ensure all new members of staff are aware of our all our policies including our Child Protection and Whistle Blowing policy.

 

We systematically review and update our policies and implement new guidance from School Improvement Liverpool, Liverpool Children's Safeguarding Partnership and the DfE. (see our Policies page).

The Safeguarding Team and Governors who sit on interview panels have attended Safer Recruitment training and  recruit new staff as safely as possible. All staff, volunteers, peripatetic music teachers and sports coaches are subject to an enhanced DBS check and references are always obtained prior to anyone commencing employment in our school.    

 

We are committed to:

 

  • Always acting in the best interests of the child, ensuring their views and wishes are heard and acted upon

 

  • Safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. This is a shared responsibility within our school and together with all partner agencies.

 

  • Working with partner agencies to safeguard children by adhering to Local Safeguarding Children Partnership policies and procedures and national guidance, particularly the LCSP responding to needs framework/levels of need guidance. We will contribute to effective holistic assessments of the child and family to ensure better outcomes for children.

 

  • Working in partnership with other agencies to provide early help in keeping with the statutory guidance in Keeping Children Safe in Education (DFE) and Working Together to Safeguard Children (DFE). Schools are well placed to promote early help and undertake early help assessments with other agencies before children’s needs escalate to a point where a statutory referral to Children’s Services is required.

 

  • Providing effective induction of all staff and volunteers, and regular on-going training to ensure all adults can recognise signs and indicators of abuse and harm. Adults working with children are always expected to act in the best interests of the child and understand that, if necessary, anyone can make a referral to Children’s Services.

 

  • Ensuring that safer recruitment practices are adhered to and that we have well understood safeguarding policies and procedures. Our code of conduct for adults will promote safer working practices and a culture of vigilance and challenge.

 

  • Challenging ourselves and multi-agency partners to ensure actions to improve outcomes for children are completed in a timely way.

 

  • Quality assuring our practices and specifically completing any actions arising from the Local Authority’s 175 safeguarding audit. Governors and school leaders will quality assure all safeguarding practices, including maintaining support and oversight through effective supervision of the Designated Safeguarding Lead and safeguarding team, their decisions, actions and record keeping.

 

  • Implementing any learning arising from local and national serious case reviews and other reviews, for example the need to listen and respond to the views and wishes of children, especially when assessing their needs and providing on-going support.

 

  • Providing children with a curriculum which enables them to learn about risk and how to keep themselves safe and maintain happy and healthy relationships. We will provide a listening culture where children have identified adults who they can discuss their concerns with

Safeguarding Team

 

Alyson Rigby Headteacher
Nicola Birch Designated Safeguarding Lead
Kelly Nuttall Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Meg Buckley Safeguarding Governor

 

Supported by 

Michelle Higgins SENCO
Peter Burcher Learning Mentor
Rachael Cornett Learning Mentor
Tom Ferry IT Co-ordinator
Dawn Foxon Family Support Worker
Catherine Elson Business Manager

 

Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment. 

 

We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

 

 

 

The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Liverpool Children's Safeguarding Partnership and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this, for the safety of all. On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.

Find out what we are doing in Liverpool to protect the children and improve their well being by visiting the Liverpool Children's Safeguarding Partnership web site. http://www.liverpoolscb.org/

Are you Ace aware?

Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on immediate and lifelong health and opportunity. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that affect children while growing and could include neglect, physical abuse, domestic abuse, adult mental health and substance misuse.

 

Exposure to ACE’s could lead to risky health behaviours (smoking, alcoholism, drug use), chronic heath conditions (eg: obesity, diabetes, depression, heart disease and cancer), low life potential (poor academic achievements and employability) and early death. A public health video has been released to help all adults understand the impact of ACEs.

 

 

Adverse Childhood Experiences

This is an animated description of 'Adverse Childhood Experiences' (English)

The Prevent Strategy

Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government's counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

NSPCC Speak Out. Stay Safe programme for primary schools

Our Speak out Stay safe programme gives children the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect. We teach children aged 5-11 learn this essential safeguarding information in a lively, interactive and memorable way. By the end of our visit we know pupils feel empowered and can speak out and stay safe.

The Underwear Rule

Clear description of what PANTS stands for.

Talk PANTS with Pantosaurus and his PANTS song #TalkPANTS

Meet Pantosaurus - our pant-wearing Dino! He wants every child to stay safe and strong, just like him, and he's on a mission to share an important message.

School Safeguarding Notice Boards for Pupils and Parents/Carers

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School Safeguarding Notice Boards for Pupils and Parents/Carers 2

Safeguarding Concerns

If you have any concerns about a child please contact Mrs Birch

If you have a concern about the welfare of a child call

Careline 

233 -3700

Anyone can make a referral 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

https://liverpool.gov.uk/social-care/careline/

Safeguarding Documents & Support
Safeguarding Links

Stay Safe Online

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See E-Safety page for more information.

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