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Safeguarding

Anderson School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our young people is our paramount concern.

All staff believe that our school should provide a safe, caring, positive and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child. No child should suffer harm, either at home or at school. Some children, including autistic individuals, have an increased risk of abuse, and additional barriers can exist for some with respect to recognising or disclosing it. We are committed to anti-discriminatory practice and recognise children’s diverse circumstances. We ensure that all children have the same protection, regardless of any barriers they may face. Everyone who works at Anderson School has a responsibility to make sure that all our young people are safe.

The National Autistic Society and trustees takes seriously its responsibility under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 (section 157 for Independent schools) to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; and to work together with other agencies to ensure effective arrangements within our school to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm or whose welfare may be in question. If a member of staff has cause to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or any other form of abuse, Anderson School will follow child protection procedures and inform children’s social care of its concern.

Supporting Children

  • We recognise that a child who is abused, who witnesses violence or who lives in a violent environment may feel helpless and humiliated, may blame him/herself, and find it difficult to develop and maintain a sense of self-worth.
  • We recognise the young minds of our students can be vulnerable and may be exploited by others, therefore staff will be alert to the signs of vulnerability and/or susceptibilities to violent extremism or indoctrination.

All staff at our school understand that safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. Staff are aware that behaviours linked to the likes of drug taking, alcohol abuse, truanting, improper use of social media and sexting put children in danger.

Disclosure and Barring Checks

To promote a safe environment for students, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Vetting and Barring Checks in accordance with current legislation.

Training

All staff and volunteers undertake relevant safeguarding training upon starting at Anderson School and receive annual updates as appropriate.

  • We recognise that the school may provide the only stability in the lives of children who have been abused or who are at risk of harm.
  • We accept that research shows that the behaviour of a child in these circumstances may range from that which is perceived to be normal to aggressive or withdrawn. We also understand that our children may demonstrate this behaviour on account of their ASD, and so staff will be vigilant for changes to behaviour patterns.
  • Staff recognise the need for a culture of vigilance to be present in the school to support safeguarding. This includes awareness and sensitivity to attitudinal changes of student which may indicate they are at risk of radicalisation.
  • Safeguarding issues can manifest themselves via peer on peer abuse too. This is most likely to include, but not limited to: bullying (including cyber bullying), gender based violence/sexual assaults and sexting.

You can read more about the signs of child abuse here.

Report Child abuse

A third of people who suspect child abuse, do nothing. Some people don’t act on their suspicions because they’re worried about being wrong. It is better to help children as early as possible so that action can be taken to help the child and support the family concerned.

Any member of staff, volunteer or visitor to the school who receives a disclosure of abuse, an allegation or suspects that abuse may have occurred should report it immediately to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or his deputy. You will find the names of these members of staff on the Anderson School Safeguarding and Child Protection Local Procedure, or those listed above.

If you’re worried that a child or young person is at risk or is being abused and you cannot speak with school staff you can contact the children’s social care team at their local council. You’ll be asked for your details, but you can choose not to share them. Call 999 if the child is at immediate risk, or call the police on 101 if you think a crime has been committed. Child abuse. If you think it, report it.

Designated safeguarding leads

The school has a Safeguarding Team of staff. The Interim designated Safeguarding Lead Suja Vairavanathan, will be supported by the Interim Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Matthew Sharpe (Deputy Principal), the Safeguarding Manager, Carl Brooks, and other suitably trained staff where possible. All of the Senior Leadership Team at Anderson School have received Designated Safeguarding Lead training.

Click on the tab to the left to find contact details for all of our Safeguarding Team.

All staff at our school understand that safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. Staff are aware that behaviours linked to the likes of drug taking, alcohol abuse, truanting, improper use of social media and sexting put children in danger.

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