Safeguarding

At St. Michael’s C of E Primary School, we regard the safeguarding of children as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. We all have the responsibility to make this happen.

We will ensure that:

  • The welfare of the child remains paramount.
  • All children whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/ or sexual identity have the right to be protected from harm.
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
  • All staff and volunteers working at our school have a responsibility to report concerns to the Safeguarding team: Mrs B. Dawson (Headteacher – Designated Safeguarding Lead), Mrs N. Jemmeson (Assistant Headteacher – Deputy Safeguarding Lead), Mrs A. Moore (Assistant Headteacher) and Mrs H. Edney (SENCo)

Areas of Safeguarding

Our safeguarding policies cover all areas of school life and include:

  • Staff and visitors – ensuring they are vetted, informed and trained
  • Children’s Behaviour – promoting safer and happier behaviours and lifestyles
  • Premises – keeping them safe, pleasant and fit for purpose
  • Curriculum – providing positive, life affirming learning experiences
  • Outside School – ensuring safer activities and environments outside school

Members of Staff Responsible

We are all responsible for ensuring that each child remains safe. We have a team of Safeguarding Leads.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs B. Dawson.

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs N. Jemmeson.

Mrs A. Moore and Mrs H. Edney are part of the safeguarding team.

Safer Recruitment

We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children have appropriate checks before they start working with children or spend time in our school. Ongoing checks and ‘whistle-blowing’ policies are up to date and in line with Local Authority and national guidance.

Staff Training

  • Staff are trained in child protection issues and they are aware of the procedures to follow
  • Staff are encouraged to be vigilant in order to maintain the safety of our children.
  • All staff and volunteers recieve yearly Safeguarding training
  • All staff are given Keeping Children Safe In Education
  • All staff and volunteers receive an induction which covers areas they need to be aware of, for example procedures to follow if they have a concern about a child

Child Protection with Safeguarding Policy

All staff have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding children issues and are able to implement the safeguarding children policy and procedure appropriately. Policies are in line with current guidance and procedures.

Staff are able to respond appropriately to any:

  • significant changes in children’s behaviour
  • deterioration in their general well-being
  • unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse
  • signs of neglect
  • comments children make which give cause for concern

All Staff are given a copy of the document ‘Keeping Children Safe In Education 2023’.

All staff are aware of the need to maintain privacy and confidentiality.

Information Sharing

We have an obligation to obtain necessary information from parents in advance of a child being admitted to school, including:

  • emergency contact numbers
  • the child’s special dietary requirements, preferences or food allergies the child may have
  • the child’s special health requirements
  • information about who has legal contact with the child; and who has parental responsibility for the child

Written parental permission is requested, at the time of the child’s admission to the provision, to the seeking of any necessary emergency medical advice or treatment in the future.

Parents and carers must tell us of any changes to these details. 

We take confidentiality very seriously. Any information which we hold is treated as confidential and shared on a ‘need-to-know’ basis.

Links with External Agencies

Because our first concern must be the well-being of your child, there may be occasions when we have to consult other agencies before we contact you. The procedures we have to follow have been laid down in accordance with the local authority child protection procedures.

We are fortunate to be supported by a range of external agencies which can be called upon to support the work we do in school. These include School Nurse, Health Practitioners, Educational Psychology, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, Behaviour Support, Social Services and Specialists in supporting Special Educational Needs.

Reporting Concerns or Complaints

Further to the above procedures, we have in place a concerns and complaints policy. This enables children, staff and carers to report anything they feel is of concern.

Concerns should be raised in the following order.

  • To the Class Teacher. Then, if there is no resolution;
  • To the DSL. Then, if there is no resolution;
  • To the Headteacehr. Then, if there is no resolution;
  • To the Trust.

Contact details are available from the school office.

A full copy of our complaints policy is available in the schools policies section of the school website.

Websites

ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. Call free on 0800 1111, have a 1-2-1 chat online or send an email.

Parents can also contact the Durham Local Authority if they are concerned about a child. For more information, click here.

We have information on our Online Safety page to support parents keeping their children safe online.

Review of Policy and Practice

In order to ensure that best practice is maintained, our policies are reviewed at least regularly to incorporate the latest statutory guidance emerge. Child Protection and Safeguarding policy is reviewed annually.

Please click here to see the policies.

If you would like more information on safeguarding, please contact the school for all our policies.