IMPORTANT SCHOOL CLOSURE INFORMATION 23/03/20

 

As you know 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. We want our children and young people to feel safe, healthy and thrive. Keeping children safe at St Matthew’s is everybody’s responsibility and you might be surprised to hear that this also includes you – our school family and community! Whilst school is closed to the majority of children we will have limited contact with them and will need your help to keep all our children safe.

If a child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999 straight away!

 If you’re worried a child is being abused or neglected

It’s not always easy to know if a child or young person is being abused or neglect. You might’ve noticed bruises but aren’t sure if they’re from playing or from being physically abused. Or you might be worried a child is being neglected because you often hear them crying in distress.

Knowing the signs of abuse can help. But it’s important to remember that every child is different. The NSPCC’s support and advice can help you decide what to do if you’re worried about a child.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-is-child-abuse/spotting-signs-child-abuse/

If a child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999 straight away!

If you are worried about a child and they are NOT in immediate danger, there are a few things you can do:

Contact Trafford Children’s First Response

Trafford Children’s First Response is Trafford’s single point of contact for all professionals and members of the public to report concerns, request advice and share information about a child and/or family. If you are a member of the public who has a concern about a child, and they are not at immediate risk of harm, you should call Trafford Children’s First Response on

0161 912 5125 during office hours (Mon – Fri 8:30 – 4:30) or 0161 912 2020 out of hours (Emergency Duty Team).

 

Contact the NSPCC

Our telephone lines are open Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm and 9am – 6pm at the weekend. You can contact us online 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 08088005000 or email us at help@nspcc.org.uk

 

St Matthew’s contact information.

At St Matthew’s we have two members of staff who are the designated safeguarding leads:

Mrs S Cavanagh – Child and Family Development Officer and Safeguarding Lead 

Miss E Tyrer – Deputy Headteacher and Deputy Safeguarding Lead

You can contact school with any concerns you may have about a child on 0161 865 1284 or email us at s.cavanagh@stmatthewsce.co.uk

During this difficult time your children might be worried or anxious. We know that you will be exploring these feelings with your children but as they would usually have another way to share them at school, we have included some safe ways that children can share their worries on this page (it might also be useful as support for you too!)

Children can talk to childLine about anything. No problem is too big or too small. Call ChildLine free on 0800 1111 or get in touch online. However children choose to contact ChildLine, they’re in control. It’s confidential and they don’t have to give their name if they don’t want to.

If your child is worried about Coronavirus, ChildLine have created a page with information to support you in reducing children’s anxiety around the subject.

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world/coronavirus/

 

XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.

For more information about XenZone, please visit XENZONE.COM. If you’re a parent looking for more information about Kooth, please email PARENTS@XENZONE.COM

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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:

Mrs S Cavanagh – Child and Family Development Officer and Safeguarding Lead 

Miss E Tyrer – Deputy Headteacher and Deputy Safeguarding Lead

 

Safeguarding Link Governor: Emma Nichol

 

Please find our school safeguarding policy here:

St Matthew’s CE Primary Safeguarding Policy 2019

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

Children- keeping safe and healthy

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019

Keeping Children safe in Education Part One 2019

Working Together to Safeguard Children – July 2018

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Anti-bullying Ambassadors

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:

Anti-Bullying Agreement 2018-19

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.

 

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 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 s.cavanagh@stmatthewsce.co.uk
  • 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

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.

 

Encompass

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 Awarewww.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 Matterswww.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 Awarewww.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:

Keeping Safe Online Parent Fact-sheet

E-safety Policy and Acceptable Use Policies

2018 E-Safety-Policy

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.

St Matthew’s AUP 2018

 

This page is regularly updated.