At St Margaret Mary’s the welfare, safety and safeguarding of our pupils is of the upmost importance.
In all that we do we take rigorous steps to safeguard all pupils and ensure that they come to no harm. Staff work closely with parents/carers and a range of professionals and external agencies to ensure this.
Using the Manchester Model Policy and Keeping Children Safe in Education DfE document, we have developed a policy to ensure all staff work together to promote the welfare of our pupils. The policy is available to view/download below.
If you have any concerns about the safety and well-being of a child or family, please contacted the Designated Safeguarding Leads at St Margaret Mary’s; Mr Sutton [Headteacher], Miss Handrick [Deputy Headteacher] or our SENCO Mrs Burton.
In addition to this, other members of our Safeguarding Team include the following staff:
Mrs Heaton [Assistant Headteacher] Mrs Welch [EYFS Lead], Miss O’Regan [KS1], Miss Dobie [LKS2 Lead], Mrs Murphy [SLT] and Miss Ganley [UKS2 Lead].
All staff receive regular safeguarding training and are available to discuss any concerns or issues. We believe that safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility.
Manchester Local Authority provide a Safeguarding Partnership who deal with all serious child protection concerns where a child is considered to be at risk of significant harm. Please call Manchester Safeguarding Children Partnership direct should your concern be urgent - details below: [SEE LINK BELOW]
If you have any worries about a child's safety or welfare, in the first instance speak to a Contact Officer at the Manchester Contact Centre on 0161 234 5001. The Contact Officer will then notify the First Response Team of your concerns.
In addition, you can call the NSPCC Child Protection helpline on 0808 800 5000 to discuss your concerns, or ask for advice.The NSPCC also provide a helpline services for children themselves who are looking for someone to talk to (Childline 0800 1111).
E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at St Margaret Mary’s. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any e-safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our E-Safety Policy. E-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the E-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online. Please find attached ‘What Parents Need to Know about…’ guides for online safety.