Policies, Safeguarding and Other Key Documents

Under the Equality Act 2010 we have a duty not to discriminate against people on the basis of their age, disability, gender, gender identity, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.

These policies have been equality impact assessed and we believe that it is in line with the Equality Act 2010 as it is fair, it does not prioritise or disadvantage any pupil and it helps to promote equality at this school. See our Equality Policy for further details on how St.Michael's is complying with the PSED (Public Sector Equality Duty).

Should you wish to obtain a printed copy of any of the above policies, please contact the school office.

Safeguarding at St. Michael's

St. Michael's is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We work hard to maintain a culture of openness and vigilance amongst all staff, governors, parents and volunteers and we arrange ongoing training and review procedures and policies regularly, in line with statutory and recommended guidance.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed above.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.

We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.

E-Safety at St. Michael's

https://www.bbc.com/ownit - click here for the new BBC website that is designed to help children under 12 navigate online safely.

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/media/1110/home-alone-guide-keeping-child-safe.pdf - click on the link for information from the NSPCC about leaving your child home alone.

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/media/1195/positive-parenting.pdf - An NSPCC guide to Positive Parenting (just click on the link)

Operation Encompass

The school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Hertfordshire Constabulary.

Operation Encompass is the notification to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, of incidents where a when a child or young person has experienced or been exposed to any domestic abuse.

Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff, (DSL) known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared in confidence. Whilst also ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been experienced a domestic abuse incident.

We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.