At Vanguard School, we recognise our responsibility to:
Protect children from maltreatment
Prevent impairment of children’s health or development
Ensure that children grow up in a safe environment
Take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
Autistic children share the right of all children to protection from abuse. We know that autistic children are potentially more vulnerable, because they may find it difficult to communicate with others, struggle with social interaction or have difficulties understanding people's motives, they may be less able to report abuse and therefore be more vulnerable to it. This means greater vigilance is needed among professionals in recognising, reporting and investigating potential signs of abuse, as well as ensuring that safeguarding issues remain on the agenda when working with autistic children and young people.
Our policy applies to all staff, volunteers and governors. The role of the governors will be to monitor and support, whereas staff will be actively involved in the management of safeguarding and child protection issues on a daily basis.
If you are concerned that a child is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact one of the designated safeguarding leads as quickly as possible. You will find the names of these members of staff below.
For Lambeth Children's Social Care, call 020 7926 5555.
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