What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.


At Horton St. Michael’s, the safety and well-being of our pupils is at the heart of our work. This means we take child protection very seriously.

All staff and governors complete Basic Awareness of Safeguarding Training (Level 1).  The most recent whole staff training took place on Monday 5 September. Our Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy have both been trained to Level 2 and above.

The safeguarding lead in school is Lesley Montgomery and the deputy safeguarding officer is Lacey Royall. Our safeguarding governor is Helen Stead.

All staff recruitment panels include a person who has completed Safer Recruitment in Education training.

All staff, governors (who are left alone with pupils), students and volunteers undertake a DBS check in school. DBS records are kept on the Single Central Record in the school office.

If you have any concerns or notice anything that you feel needs to be reported to someone then please speak to the headteacher. If the headteacher is not available and you have an immediate concern then please speak to the deputy safeguarding officer.

Otherwise, leave your name and contact details at the office and the headteacher will call you.

If you would like to see a copy of our Safeguarding Policy, then please download below.

Horton St. Michael's CE First School's Safeguarding Policy

We are proud to be a part of SUA Trust

SUAT supports and leads in the set-up of new academies joining the partnership. The services provided by the central support function cover both educational and non-educational support. In terms of educational support, SUAT is linked to the School of Education of Staffordshire University, which is an outstanding ITT provider.