Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is of the utmost importance at St. Michael's;
it is everyone's responsibility.
St. Michael's school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and well-being of its pupils, engaging with young people and staff in Policy and practice developments, proactively encourages feedback and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
In our school, the staff who have specific child protection responsibilities are:
|Designated Safeguarding Lead||Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead|
|Miss Gill Mawson (Deputy Head)||Mrs Lorna Smith, (Headteacher)|
Designated Safeguarding Lead Level 2 & 3 - Nov 2021
Certificate in Online Safety - Nov 2022
Operation Encompass Key Adult - Nov 2022
Prevent Training - June 2022
Designated Safeguarding Lead Level 2 & 3 - April 2023
Safer Recruitment - March 2023
Prevent Training - June 2022
Single Central Record - June 2023
Our safeguarding governor is Brendan McArdle
The role of the governor is to support the DSL/DSLs through regular monitoring and challenge to ensure that all our practices and procedures are effective and meet the needs of all our pupils.
If you have a concern about a child or young person please ask to speak to either Miss Mawson or Mrs Smith or you can take your concern directly to Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership - Safeguarding Hub
Our School is an Operation Encompass School - Operation Encompass Information for Parents
Early Help is the response made when a professional identifies unmet needs with a child/family and works with other agencies to meet those needs. At this level of need an Early Help Assessment - Signs of Well-being and Success (EHA) should be completed with the child and family to identify, what is working well, what the worries are and what wellbeing and success would look like? A clear plan will be developed by the agencies with the family that is SMART and is focused on what success will look like for the child/ren.
Any professional from a service that supports families can initiate an Early Help Assessment - Signs of Well-being and Success (EHA) and can be carried out with any child or young person from pre-birth up to age 19 (up to the age of 25 if the young person has a learning difficulty or disability).
The completion of an EHA would trigger a response from different agencies. A date should be set for a Team Around the Family (TAF) meeting, in order to identify a coordinator, agree the plan and which agency would work to achieve each of the wellbeing goals.
Online safety is a key part of keeping children safe at St. Michael's. This involves educating the children about safe use of the internet and associated technology and also supporting parents.
As part of this we have created an Acceptable Use Agreement for pupils, school and parents. We ask pupils, teachers and parents to read, discuss and sign the document each academic year and it is regularly referred to during appropriate teaching moments.
We regularly share guidance documents from National Online Safety on our school Facebook page and via email.
Here are some useful documents and links to help us work together to keep our children safe online, click on each image to take you to their site:
Parents' Safeguarding Newsletters
Children's 'Be Safe, Be Healthy' Newsletters
Here are the results of our most recent Pupil Voice session on safeguarding in school