New Islington Free School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Every employee (permanent or temporary) and governor of the school, as well as every volunteer who assists the school, is under a legal duty to protect children from harm.
All concerns about a child’s welfare must be reported to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or, in his absence, one of the Deputy Safeguarding Leads.
Designated Safeguarding Lead:
Mr George Bulman, Principal
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads:
Mrs Rachel Jackson, Deputy Headteacher
Mrs Paula Millward, School Business Manager
Allegations against staff: Allegations involving any staff member, governor, volunteer, contractor or student working at New Islington Free School must be reported to the DSL, who will refer them to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) at Manchester City Council. In the event that an allegation is made against the DSL, this must be reported immediately to the Chair of Governors, Mr Maurice Watkins. Contact details for Mr Watkins can be obtained from Mrs Paula Millward, who acts as Clerk to the Governors.
Whistleblowing: All staff are required to report to the DSL or, in his absence, the Chair of Governors, any concern about school practices or the behaviour of colleagues which are likely to put pupils at risk of abuse or other serious harm.
Further information can be found in our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, available to download on the ‘Our Policies’ section of this site, and on the Manchester Safeguarding Children Board website.
We are committed to promoting internet safety, and to teaching our children the importance of safe and responsible use of information and communication technology.
There is a wealth of guidance about keeping children of all ages safe online on the Think U Know website, and inappropriate online incidents can be reported through the National Crime Agency’s Safety Centre.
School staff will not share private information or contact details with children. Contact will only be made through formal school channels and not through personal social media accounts.