St Michael's
Church of England Primary School

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Enabling every child to flourish in their potential as a child of God


Staying Safe

St Michael’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm / exploitation and feels safe in our school. Harm can take many form; bullying, abuse (physical / mental), neglect, discrimination and harassment.

All our staff understand safeguarding to be of the highest importance and they know that their vigilance of the children and of the adults is critical. All staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and their responsibility for referring any concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or one of the Deputy Safeguarding Leads. We are committed to the provision of child protection training for all our staff.

Safeguarding issues are regularly discussed at Governors, Senior Leadership Team and Staff Meetings and we work closely with a range of outside agencies, including Children’s Social Care. Ms Beryl Fielder, Chair of Governors, is our Link Governor for Safeguarding and visits the school on a termly basis to review our policy and procedures with Ms Gouws.

For more information please read our Safeguarding policy. This policy applies to all staff, governors, professionals and volunteers working in the school.

If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our school please talk to one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs).

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) are:

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead: Riana Gouws (Headteacher)
  • Deputy Safeguarding Leads: Eunice Asante (Inclusion Manager)
  • Jacqui Gillespie (Deputy Head) Lewisham Safeguarding Board

The Lewisham Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) brings together all the main organisations who work with children and families in Lewisham, with the aim of ensuring that they work together effectively to keep children safe.

The overarching purpose of the Lewisham Safeguarding Adults Board (LSAB) is to help and safeguard adults with care and support needs.