St Michael’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy, which can be viewed in our policy section of the website. This policy applies to all staff, governors, professionals and volunteers working in the school.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that would be contrary to the child's welfare.
We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.
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. We are committed to the provision of child protection training for all our staff and therefore all staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse. They also understand their responsibility for referring any concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (Ms Asante) or the Deputy Safeguarding Lead (Ms Gillespie) .
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.
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:
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.
The MASH team (Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub) in Lewisham provided a single point of access to advice, information and support services for professionals working with vulnerable and at-risk children and young people.
Photographs and Videos
Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.
We ask that parents, carers and relatives do not take any photographs or videos at school productions, sports days or other events, or if they do, that they take a photo of only their own child, with no other children in the photograph. Photos or videos must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites. This is emphasised before concerts and shows etc and where practical a record of parents and relatives taking photographs or videos is made.
Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We like to use photographs of our children on our website and school blog and in our displays around the school. When children join the school, parents are asked for photo permission and the school does not use photos/video without parental consent.
Online safety in school
At St Michael's, we teach the children about how to stay safe when using technology, including the internet. Online safety is part of the 'Body, Mind and Spirit' curriculum as well as the computing curriculum.