Safeguarding & Online Safety

St Raphael’s we take our Safeguarding duties extremely seriously. We have robust systems to ensure that we safeguard our children. Part of this is to ensure that parents have details of who to contact in school with any questions regarding child protection. Below is the list of people to speak to and their role within school.

1. Mrs L Lakner (Headteacher).

2. Miss. G Southworth (Inclusion Manager)

3. Mr Matthews (Deputy Headteacher)

Staff members working with children are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned. When concerned about the welfare of a child, staff members should always act in the best interests of the child.

This web page includes:

On 21st January 2019 St Raphael’s are implementing a new project that will run jointly between schools and Greater Manchester Police. This project is called Operation Encompass.  It aims to support children who are affected by domestic violence by ensuring that their school is informed. This allows the school to support the children. If you have any other questions about this project, please do not hesitate to contact the school. St Raphael’s have been involved in a trial of this service since November 2016.

Guidance Documents:

Useful Websites:

Advice on how to help your child use the internet safely, click on the following documents:

The #wakeupwednesday campaign operated by National Online Safety can be accessed by everyone. You can find some excellent guidance on a variety of topics from TikTok and Fortnite to how you can support your child in using the internet and games safely via the following link;

National Online Safety



Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be part of their online life: find out what sites they visit and what they love about them. If they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems.

Watch Thinkuknow films and cartoons with your child.

Encourage you child to go online and explore! There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.

Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. You need to keep up!

Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online.

Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space. For children of Primary School age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and are aware if they see something they don’t want to see.

Know what connect to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Be aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as this will affect whether the safety settings you set are being applied.

Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, game consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to install as you might think.


CREATE a user account for your child on the family computer with appropriate settings & make the most of Parental Controls & tools like Google Safe Search

AGREE a list of websites they’re allowed to visit & the kind of personal information they shouldn’t reveal about themselves online (like the name of their school or their address)

DECIDE time limits for things like using the internet & playing on games consoles

BEAR in mind what older siblings might be showing them on the internet, mobiles, games consoles & other devices & agree some rules as a family

TALK to other parents about their views & don’t be pressured by your child into letting them use new technologies


MAKE sure you’ve set some tech boundaries before they get their first mobile or games console – once they have it in their hands it can be more difficult to change the settings.

REMIND your child to keep phones, etc well hidden to minimise the risk of theft.

TALK to them about what they post & share online – written comments, photos & videos form part of their digital ‘footprint’ & could be seen by anyone & available online forever.

DISCUSS the kind of things they see online – they might be looking for more information about their changing bodies & exploring relationships for example

HOLD the line on letting your child sign up for services like Facebook & YouTube that have a minimum age limit of 13

We believe that internet safety education is a crucial element of the curriculum and an essential part of young people’s development. Please visit the following sites to help enable you to strengthen and reinforce the safety messages that your children receive in school, in your home environment;