The safety and well-being of the children here at St Matthew’s is our first priority.  This is called safeguarding.

Safeguarding children and young people means protecting them from abuse or neglect and getting the right support in place as early as possible. It also means creating an environment in which children and young people feel safe, healthy and thrive.

Keeping children safe at St Matthew’s  is everybody’s responsibility. Therefore we all have a professional responsibility to notice when a child or young person may be at risk of harm and pass our concerns to someone who can act to protect them. We adhere to stringent Safeguarding procedures to protect the welfare of all the children who come here. We meet all legal safeguarding duties and fully comply with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ September 2016 statutory guidance.

At St Matthew’s we have two members of staff who are the designated safeguarding leads: Mr Langridge and Mrs Cavanagh  PT 18 St Matthews HS              0531

Safeguarding Governor: Janette Crump

Deputy Safeguarding Governor: Emma Nichol

Please find our school safeguarding policy here:

St Matthew’s CE Primary School Safeguarding Policy (March 2017)

Further information for children and families about keeping safe can be found here:

Children- keeping safe and healthy




Family support

We know that working together in partnership with families is the best way to keep children safe. As well as children’s class teachers. teaching assistants and Mr Johnson, Mrs Cavanagh is a point of contact for families that would like some support. If you would like to talk to Mrs Cavanagh about something you are worried about (big or small) there are a number or ways that you can do this:

  • Telephone 0161-865-1284
  • E-mail
  • Make an appointment to come into school or ask for a home visit

To ensure our ongoing compliance, St Matthew’s commissioned a safeguarding audit in November 2016 from Trafford Children’s Social Services. The full report can be found here:

St Matthew’s Primary School safeguarding audit November 2016

Conducted by Jonathan King, Education Practitioner MARAT Trafford Children’s Social Care


St Matthew’s participates in the Encompass scheme along with other schools in Trafford. More information about the scheme can be found here:

Encompass letter


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