Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities are recognised as the most vulnerable group in respect of safeguarding their wellbeing. They may have physical, sensory and learning disabilities and difficulties. Severely disabled children often rely on parents and carers to meet most or all their needs. We put the following measures into place to promote a high standard of safeguarding practice and strengthen the capacity of children and families to help themselves:
- Early help for families using the CAF approach.
- Making it common practice to help pupils with a disability or SEN to make their wishes and feelings known in respect of their care and treatment through termly meetings with parents/carers and SENDCo.
- Ensuring that children with SEND receive appropriate personal, health, and social education (including sex education).
- Making sure that all children with SEND know how to raise concerns and giving them access to a range of adults with whom they can communicate.
- Close contact and partnership with families, and a culture of openness.
- Guidelines and training for staff on good practice in intimate care; working with children of the opposite sex; handling difficult behaviour; consent to treatment.
- Anti-bullying strategies through School Council initiatives and safeguarding lessons.
- Weekly Monitoring of behaviour as set out in the Behaviour Policy to identify targeted behaviours towards vulnerable children.
- Where there are concerns about the welfare of a pupil with SEND, they will be acted upon in the same way as with any other pupil. Expertise in both safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the pupil and their disability, has to be brought together to ensure pupils with SEND receive the same levels of protection from harm as other pupils.
- Staff receive statutory safeguarding training and have read and understood Part 1 of Keeping Children Safe in Education.
Early help, also known as early intervention, is support given to a child or family when a problem first emerges to help stop issues from escalating. It can be provided at any stage in a child or young person's life. At both our schools we offer a range of support such as:
- Peer mentoring
- A nurture area at lunchtimes
- Worry boxes or Worry monsters in class
- Nuture boxes
- Access to breakfast club
- County Inclusion Support Service (CISS)
- Common Assessment Framework (CAF) referrals
- School Nursing Team
- Referrals made to Suffolk Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing Hub
- Educational Welfare Officer (EWO)
- Family Carer Services
- Home Start
- One Life
- Parenting Support Programmes
If you require any support or further information please speak to the SENDCo’s Alice North at Bentley and Heidi Cross at Copdock or the Designated Safeguarding Leads for further information and support.