St Michael with St Thomas CE Primary is committed to working closely with parent/carers for the benefit of the children. Child Protection is a sensitive area for which all staff receive regular training. St Michael with St Thomas and extended services work together to support the needs of the child and their families. All members of staff have a legal duty to report any allegation, disclosure or suspicion of abuse, or an expression of concern about abuse. When appropriate, the school will aim to contact and inform parents when a referral is made.
At St Michael with St Thomas, we believe that prevention is best, and we do this through our close relationships with parents, families and pupils. We have a Family Support Worker in school who works with families and children to support them with a range of issues, from attendance and punctuality to concerns over behavior and health. School can offer support to access help from the Early Interventions Team, where confidential advice and support can be reached. Please remember that no problem is too small and by seeking advice, problems can often be prevented from becoming bigger.
An essential part of our work to safeguard all pupils is around attendance and punctuality, and as a school we prioritise this. We operate a first day response call system in cases of unexplained absence, which in some cases may be followed up with a home visit by staff.
If you have any safeguarding concerns, or questions around how children are safeguarded in school, please contact one of the Safeguarding Team:
The Senior Designated Person for the school is Miss M Slingsby - Headteacher
The Deputy Designated Person for the school is Miss K Brimble - Family Support Worker
Our two Assistant Head teachers are also fully trained in Safeguarding and are able to act as Deputy Designated people
The Designated Safeguarding Governor for the school is Mrs S McNamara.
Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and, as such, St Michael with St Thomas CE Primary has adopted the Local Authority Safeguarding Policy.
A copy of all available Safeguarding Policies can be found here.
In conjunction with Cheshire Police, St Michael with St Thomas CE Primary is involved in an initiative called Operation Encompass. The purpose of Operation Encompass is to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in, heard or witnessed a domestic abuse incident. Following such an incident, children will often arrive at school distressed, upset, worried and unprepared. Operation Encompass aims to ensure that appropriate school staff called ‘Key Adults’ are made aware early enough to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included.
This is a valuable initiative that means we can continue to support and help children and families within our school community when they need it most.
You can find out more by visiting www.operationencompass.org or by contacting our Key Adults, who are Miss M Slingsby (Headteacher/Senior Designated Person) and Mr Adam/Miss Parkinson (AHTs/Deputy Designated Persons).
Mental health and Well being is vital in pupils and staff, and is high on our agenda as a school. We offer a range of therapeutic support for pupils who need extra support with highly trained staff, and all staff across the school take part in regular training around the emotional and mental well being of pupils. We have trained Mental Health First Aiders in school who are able to support when need is identified. As a school, we are members of the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and have access to a range of materials to support mental health and well being. All school staff have received training from the CWMT to support pupils with their mental health. Our curriculum also has a focus on developing pupils’ understanding of how to manage their own well being to support them as they mature, building emotional resilience. Pupil leadership groups such as the Wellbeing Team are there to support children, and activities such as the daily peer massage and mindfulness sessions help support the school ethos of developing mental and emotional well being.
We have a number of things in place in school to help children feel happy and well cared for, and to allow them to discuss their thoughts and feelings. If you would like to discuss your child’s well being, or need some support with your own, please contact Miss Slingsby, or use the Whisper button at the bottom of any of the website pages to send a message.