Designated Safeguarding Lead - Miss T Payne
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mrs L Harding
Designated Safeguarding Governor - Mrs N Bubb
The safeguarding of children is everyone’s business and schools have a responsibility under Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 to ensure that their functions are carried out with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
- Preventing the impairment of children’s health or development;
- Protecting children from maltreatment;
- Ensuring children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
Safeguarding and the promotion of a child’s welfare covers all aspects of the child’s life and the school is committed to ensuring that all its actions in respect of the child are compatible with this aim. If there are concerns about a child’s welfare that do not meet the thresholds of child abuse, the school will consider which route to take, in line with Bexley Services. We in St Michael’s School are committed to practice which protects children from harm. Staff and volunteers in this organisation accept and recognise our responsibilities to develop awareness of the issues which cause children harm.
We will aim to safeguard children by:
- Adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers.
- Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents and carers, staff and volunteers;
- Sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately;
- Carefully following the procedures for recruitment and selection of staff and volunteers;
- Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through support, supervision and training.
- Reviewing our policy and good practice annually.
We recognise that, because of the day-to-day contact with children, school staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse.
The school will therefore:
- Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are confident to talk and are listened to;
- Ensure children know they can approach adults employed in the school if they are worried;
- Include opportunities in the PSHE curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from harm or abuse.