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 Team: Mrs 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:
|Nicola Birch||Designated Safeguarding Lead|
|Kelly Nuttall||Deputy Safeguarding Lead|
|Meg Buckley||Safeguarding Governor|
|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).
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.
If you have any concerns about a child please contact Mrs Birch
If you have a concern about the welfare of a child call
Anyone can make a referral 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
See E-Safety page for more information.