Keeping Children Safe
Safeguarding and E-Safety
St Michael's Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as "Designated Safeguarding Leaders" in school in compliance with the "sharing of information" guidance.
Designated Safeguarding Leader:
Headteacher: Mrs Gail Burns
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads:
Deputy Headteacher: Miss Melanie Campbell
Inclusion Leader: Mrs Julie Howlett
Early Years Leader: Mrs Emma Cameron
Named Governors for Child Protection:
Chair of Governors: Mrs Linda Robinson
Deputy Governor: Mr Brian Moore
If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at St Michael's Primary, please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Leads.
For the best interests of all our children we use the following safeguarding measures:
Cause for Concern
Staff are asked to report any cause for concern to the Designated Safeguarding Leads using the schools safeguarding procedures. All staff receive initial child protection training when they begin at St Michael's Primary School, this is followed by more intensive training which takes place on a yearly basis. Any concerns will be shared with parents as early as possible.
All lateness and absences are recorded by the office staff. Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness. Attendance is monitored through these systems and referrals to the Attendance Officer can be made. Parents will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point. If attendance concerns continue the school will refer to the Missing Education and Child Employment Services (MECES). There will be no authorised ‘Leave From School’, only in exceptional circumstances. If a parent wishes to request a Leave of Absence, please complete this form and return to the school office with a covering letter explaining the reason for the exceptional circumstance. If a holiday absence is unauthorised, a penalty notice may be served to parents.
We support our pupils’ use of the internet and seek to underpin their knowledge of safe use and protection. We provide our pupils with an awareness of how to stay safe online both in the school environment and beyond. We believe that children should adhere to the certification given to games, DVDs etc. All of the games and DVDs used at school will be rated as U. Parental permission is sought for the use of any other material (such as appropriate clips from PG films in certain year groups)
#Liveskills is a package of resources focusing on live streaming. Live streaming is increasingly becoming one of the most popular online activities for children and young people. Apps such as Musical.ly, Live.me, Periscope and YouNow are all soaring in popularity, which has seen other well established apps such as Facebook adding live streaming functions. Click here to find out more information.
Facebook/Social media sites
Children of primary school age are not entitled to use social media sites such as Facebook/Instagram/ Twitter/Snapchat. Children will not be using social media sites during school hours. We also ask parent/carers not to name school, staff or other children on any form of social media, or share photographs of any school events.
All staff receive annual update training on the PREVENT DUTY which aims to eradicate radicalisation.
Advice for parents about keeping pupils safe online can be downloaded below.
This site is supported by DCSF, CEOPs, Microsoft and others and covers email, websites and mobile phones.
AbilityNet is a national charity helping disabled adults and children use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their technology.
Test your internet safety knowledge with Hacker, listen to some Stay Safe songs with Helen Skelton, News Kids On the Block and Bobby Lockwood and get some tips from the Horrible Histories gang.
The Online Safety Quiz is your chance to show that you know how to be a safe Internet surfer. Answer each question and, when you get it right, you’ll go to the next question.
The links included on the website are to sites with useful further information for those looking to find out more about aspects of this area. The chatdanger website is run by Childnet International.
Kids Smart parents area is full of information to help keep your children safe when using new technologies like mobile phones and the internet.