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Safeguarding Statement of Intent

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The National Autistic Society (NAS) and Radlett Lodge School are wholly committed to ensuring that all autistic children and adults who engage with them are educated and cared for in a safe and secure environment. To fulfil this commitment, a number of safeguarding arrangements are in place.

Designated Safeguarding Leads

The Board of Trustees for the National Autistic Society has ultimate responsibility for Safeguarding issues. Operationally, this responsibility is delegated to the Responsible Individual, who leads on policy issues in relation to the safeguarding of children and adults across the National Autistic Society. Within each school and service there are Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) who lead on Child Protection issues within their relevant location. They are clear about their role, have sufficient time and receive relevant support, and training, to undertake their roles, which includes close contact with outside agencies including social services, the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and relevant health care organisations.

Radlett Lodge School Safeguarding Lead is:

Tamsin Adams (Deputy Principal Care)

Contact email: Tamsin.Adams@nas.org.uk

Telephone number: 01923 854 922

Radlett Lodge School Deputy Safeguarding Leads are:

Stuart Mainwaring (Deputy Principal Education)

Contact email: Stuart.Mainwaring@nas.org.uk

Telephone number: 01923 854 922

Ellie Freeman (Head of Care)

Contact email: Eleanor.Freeman@nas.org.uk

Telephone number: 01923 854 922

Kylee Lyon (Lead Teacher)

Contact email: Kylee.Lyon@nas.org.uk

Telephone number: 01923 854 922

Kerrie Hallows (Lead Autism Practitioner)

Contact email: Kerrie.Hallows@nas.org.uk

Telephone number: 01923 854 922

Policy and Procedures

We will ensure all policies and procedures in respect of safeguarding children are up to date and in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education (2018) and Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018). Policies and procedures are reviewed and revised by the National Autistic Society Board of Trustees on a regular basis.

Please view the Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures and the Safeguarding Adults Policy together with Radlett Lodge School Safeguarding Procedure.

Download our safeguarding poster for further information:

How to keep children safe in education - What you need to know

Board of Trustees Responsibilities

As delegated by the Board of Trustees, the National Autistic Society Chief Executive is the lead for Safeguarding Children and Adults. The Chief Executive appoints a Nominated Individual and Safeguarding Lead for the organisation who has oversight of the National Autistic Society Group Policy Committee who report to the Board on all Safeguarding issues.

Safer Recruitment and Selection

The NAS pays full regard to statutory guidance regarding the safer recruitment of staff to support children and adults who use our services .The NAS will prevent people who pose a risk of harm from working with children and adults by adhering to statutory responsibilities to carry out appropriate checks on staff or others who work unsupervised, taking proportionate decisions on whether to ask for any checks beyond what is required; and ensuring those without full checks are appropriately supervised. The NAS has a written Safer Recruitment, Selection and pre-employment vetting procedures in place.

Disclosure & Barring Checks

Radlett Lodge School meets statutory requirements in relation to Disclosure & Barring Service – all staff and volunteers who work with The National Autistic Society who meet the ‘regulated activity test’ (Freedoms Act 2012) is required to undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to employment.

Partnership with Others

The NAS recognises that it is essential to establish positive and effective working relationships with other agencies.

Professionals can only work together to safeguard children and vulnerable adults if there is an exchange of relevant information between them. Each NAS School or service follows their Local Child Protection Procedures (as endorsed by the local safeguarding arrangements for partners) / or their Local Safeguarding Adult Procedures (via the Local Adult Safeguarding Board) and has links with the Local Authority and the Commissioning Authority for that individual.

Training and Support

All staff working with the NAS will receive a basic introduction to the principles of safeguarding, whatever their role in the organisation.

Those working in and directly with NAS services will receive safeguarding training that is relevant to their role, including from the Board of Trustees to support staff in schools and services, to volunteers. For those working directly with children and vulnerable adults, safeguarding training will be refreshed on an annual basis via the face to face Safeguarding People training developed by the NAS or via the on-line safeguarding and child protection training or from the relevant Local Authority or specialist organisation.

Where practicable, we will support the children and vulnerable adults we support in how to keep themselves safe and to understand the role the NAS plays in the context of safeguarding legislation.

Our schools and children’s services will ensure that the Designated Safeguarding Lead and their Deputy undergo suitable child protection training which is updated every 2 years; all staff including the head teacher, e-safety coordinator and the designated teacher (children looked after), undergo training relevant to their roles which is updated regularly. All other staff who work in the school and/or with children will undertake appropriate child protection awareness training to equip them to meet their responsibilities for child protection effectively.

All staff working directly with children and vulnerable adults will have supervision with a suitably experienced person on at least a 6-weekly basis, during which safeguarding concerns and processes will be discussed. Full support will be given to any staff member who is involved in the disclosure or reporting of a safeguarding concern. Employees also have access to a confidential helpline (Health Assured Employee Assistance Programme).

Audit

The National Autistic Society has robust audit checklists to ensure that safeguarding systems and processes are working. The audit includes: the monitoring of the Single Central Record, the monitoring of Safeguarding Children and Adults Policies and Procedures including, ‘Allegations against Professionals’ and the monitoring of training for all employees and volunteers, guidance and support. When necessary, The National Autistic Society will take part in relevant audits with partner agencies including those from relevant Local Authorities.