What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.
St. Michael’s Nursery and Infant School ensures children learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment. Children are taught how to keep themselves safe, on and off line, to develop positive and healthy relationships and how to avoid situations where they might be at risk including by being exploited. We are a ‘KidSafe’ registered school and use the programme to teach our pupils how to safeguard themselves.
All staff in school are trained in Safeguarding through Safe Haven Consulting Ltd, who offer high quality safeguarding training and tailored services. This training is refreshed annually. In September 2023, all staff received Safeguarding Awareness update training; training certificates are available on this page in the ‘Safeguarding Training’ tab.
St. Michaels Nursery and Infant School has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have about a child in need of protection with other agencies and in particular police, health and children’s services. Our record keeping is meticulous and we use the CPOM online programme to document all Safeguarding concerns.
Staff in our School are not able to investigate concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances, the school will be able to inform the parents/carer of its need to make a referral. However, sometimes the school is advised by Children’s Social Care or police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter.
We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the best interests of the child.
Our Safeguarding Team
If you have any concerns about the safety or wellbeing of the children of St. Michael’s Nursery and Infant School then please immediately inform Mrs. Regan (DSL; Designated Safeguarding Lead – trained in Level 3 Safeguarding) or, in her absence, Mrs. Hudson (DDSL; Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead; also trained in Level 3 Safeguarding).
There is always a DSL or DDSL on site during school hours and during the holidays, the DSL is contactable each day via email and via telephone through the Local Authority. Safeguarding is EVERYONES’ responsibility.
Our Safe People
Reverend Peter Powell
(Chair of Governors)
Mrs Candice Regan
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Stacey Hudson
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss Wendy White
Deputy Designated Mental Health Lead
Miss Zoe Stagg
Miss Allison Smith
Safeguarding Policies and Procedures
We have a range of policies and procedures in place to protect our children, staff and their families (see below). Please see the policies section on our website or speak to Miss Stagg in the school office to request a paper copy.
In conjunction with Cumbria Police, St. Michael’s Nursery and Infant School is involved in an initiative called Operation Encompass. The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident. Following such an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff (DSL/DDSL) are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.
As part of St. Michael’s Nursery and Infant School’s ongoing safeguarding and child protection duties we are fully behind the government’s Prevent Strategy.
From 1 July 2015 all schools are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty for Schools.
At St. Michael’s, we build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling our pupils to challenge extremist views. Where appropriate we will discuss our response to terrorist incidents, without unduly upsetting our young pupils.
We focus on the kindness and courage of those helping victims and look to see how our children can be helpful and good citizens in the face of adversity.
The statutory guidance refers to the importance of Prevent awareness training to equip staff to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas.
All staff completed online Prevent training in September 2023. This will be refreshed in September 2024.
Safeguarding Leaflet for Families and Visitors 2023-2024
PCSO Rachel Pape came into school to teach the children about Halloween Safety.
They discussed 'how to trick or treat safely' and more.