Safeguarding and protecting the health of children and young people is a legal responsibility for all staff. Safeguarding means ‘protecting something or someone from being harmed, lost or badly treated’, this includes all areas of the protection and welfare of children and young people in all situations during the school day and beyond.
Vulnerability means that someone or something is able to be easily hurt, influenced or attacked. Any young person or family may be experiencing vulnerability and it is important that all staff are fully aware of the need to notice this as early as possible, to allow the school to help and support the situation, especially for families who may have additional needs.
The first signs of concern may be a change in behaviour, attendance or around a young person’s special educational need or medical need. Many young people may be vulnerable due to changes in family circumstances, for example separation, divorce or death. For some young people they may be experiencing bullying, including cyber bullying, and therefore it is important to give extra care and attention to supervision online, looking out for signs of grooming, sexual exploitation and radicalisation.
Please see below for links to your local authority safeguarding arrangements.