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 2019 statutory guidance.
At St Matthew’s we have two members of staff who are the designated safeguarding leads:
Mr Langridge Mrs Cavanagh
Headteacher Safeguarding Lead
Safeguarding Link Governor: Emma Nichol
Please find our school safeguarding policy here:
Further information for children and families about keeping safe can be found here:
Set up in 2011, the Anti-Bullying Ambassador programme is part of the charity the Diana Award. In 2013 the programme received funding from the Department for Education. The programme offers resources and training to schools and youth organisations in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland. After receiving this training St Matthew’s students become Anti-Bullying Ambassadors for our school. In their role they help educate their peers on bullying, lead on anti-bullying campaigns, promote a culture which celebrates and tolerates difference and help keep their peers safe both online and offline.
Our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors did a fantastic job last year organising events for things such as; Anti-Bullying week, leading a whole school assembly, helping to write the schools Anti-Bullying Agreement and setting up buddy benches as well as a way for the children to share worries with the team.
Our Anti-Bullying Agreement can be found here:
Our 2019 Anti-Bulling Ambassadors are:
Harriet, Favour, Ruby, Rowan, Keira, Holly, Kie’arno and Kyla and they are already on their way to planning some exciting ways to promote being safe and kind at school.
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 Langridge, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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:
Conducted by Jonathan King, Education Practitioner MARAT Trafford Children’s Social Care
We regularly conduct Safeguarding audits (known as Section 175 audits) which are reviewed by the local authority. The last snapshot of our audit was taken in October 2019.
Our school is part of a project, which is run between Trafford Local Authority, schools and Greater Manchester Police. The project called Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside school, which might have an impact on a child in school. This is communicated through a secure email to school following an incident.
The project ensures that at least one member of the school staff, known as the Key Adult, is available to liaise with children’s services and the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence.
In this way, we aim to support each child who has been involved in, or witnessed, a domestic abuse incident.
The Key Adult for St Matthews CofE Primary School is Mrs S Cavanagh.
If she receives an Encompass notification they will make sure that a person the child trusts is available to help – if the child needs this. Most of the time this support is silent; keeping a careful eye on him or her and making sure the child has a calm school day. The confidential information is ordinarily not shared with all staff, just an agreement on how to help, if needed.
All schools have a duty to share any information with other organisations if they feel a child is at risk of being hurt. The Key Adult may contact other organisations.
The sharing of information from the police allows the school to be ready to help your child straight away, and it means that parents are aware that the Key Adult knows that something has happened. Parents can come and talk to our Key Adult. The Key Adult can point you towards other people that can help.
Our aim is to support children and their families.
Trafford Encompass Procedure: trafford-encompass-procedure-july-2017
Support and resources to help keep your children safe online
Net Aware – www.net-aware.org.uk
Find out more about the most popular social networks, sites and apps children are using. It gives a recommended minimum age and gives information on how to remove content, block people and report abuse.
Internet Matters – www.internetmatters.org
This site provides help setting up parental controls, which can help you filter or restrict content on your home Wi-Fi, as well as phones, tablets and games consoles.
Share Aware – www.nspcc.org.uk/shareaware
NSPCC has developed ‘Share Aware’ to help parents make informed choices about the social networking sites and apps their children use.
O2 have partnered with NSPCC to help keep children safe online. If you need help with anything, such as setting up parental controls on computers or mobile devices, you can call their free helpline on 0808 800 5002, or visit an O2 Guru in one of their stores. You don’t have to be an O2 customer to use this service!
You can also see our Family Support page for more websites which give information about keeping safe online or check out this useful fact-sheet:
E-safety Policy and Acceptable Use Policies
Please find below the school Acceptable Use Policies which we ask parents and children to agree to in order to use the Internet at school.
This page is regularly updated.