Safeguarding and E-Safety

Safeguarding

The safeguarding of our pupils is of utmost importance at St Matthew Academy. We are committed to promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. We consistently work with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements are made to identify, assess, prevent and support any child who suffers harm.

All members of staff believe that St Matthew Academy should provide a safe, caring, positive and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of all our children.

All staff in the Academy receive regular Safeguarding and Child Protection training and are aware of procedures to report any concerns.

Our Designated Safeguarding leads are:

Academy Lead - Sean October (Deputy Head)

Primary Lead - Joanna Chick (Head of Primary)

Safeguarding Governor - Pat Barber (Chair of IMB)

E-Safety

We take the security of your children on the internet extremely seriously; it is very important that we work together to ensure your child’s safety. Whilst use of the internet and social networking sites is second nature to young people, they can often be swept along with what their peers are doing and lose awareness of the many dangers they are facing.

In school, the internet access is restricted, known social networking sites are blocked and we have the latest software that is always monitoring the students’ use of the computers in order to pick up any inappropriate resources that are being accessed. As approximately 80% of the time the students spend on the internet will be at home, it is important that parents and guardians understand the potential dangers and what can be done to avoid them. We do, of course, talk to the students about internet safety, but it is important that this message is reinforced at home and that you regularly talk to your child about their use of the internet.