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Safeguarding at John Dewey Specialist College: Ensuring a Safe and Supportive Environment

At John Dewey Specialist College, the safety and well-being of our students are paramount. Our commitment to creating a secure and supportive environment for individuals with autism and special needs is reflected in our robust safeguarding policies and practices.

Safeguarding Principles

Inclusive Approach

Our safeguarding policies are designed to be inclusive, considering the unique needs of students with autism and special needs. We prioritize an environment that fosters trust, respect, and understanding.

Trained and Vigilant Staff

Our dedicated staff members undergo comprehensive safeguarding training to recognize and respond to the diverse needs of our students. They remain vigilant, creating a culture of constant awareness and proactive intervention.

Personalized Support Plans

Every student at John Dewey Specialist College has a personalized support plan that includes specific safeguarding measures tailored to their individual requirements. This plan is developed in collaboration with parents, guardians, and relevant professionals.

Open Communication Channels

We encourage open and transparent communication between students, staff, parents, and guardians. Any concerns or observations related to the well-being of a student are treated with the utmost seriousness and confidentiality.

Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration

Our safeguarding efforts involve collaboration with external professionals, including therapists, counselors, and healthcare providers. This multidisciplinary approach ensures a holistic understanding of each student's well-being.

Roles and Responsibilities

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Our DSL is a senior staff member responsible for coordinating safeguarding efforts, providing support to staff, and liaising with external agencies when necessary.  The DSL is supported by two Assistant DSL's.

Staff Training

All staff members are trained in safeguarding procedures and are familiar with the reporting mechanisms. They play a crucial role in maintaining a safe and secure environment.

Parent and Guardian Partnership

We recognize the importance of working closely with parents and guardians. They are integral partners in our safeguarding initiatives, and their input is valued in creating a safe space for their young person.

Reporting Concerns

If you have any concerns about the safety or well-being of a student at John Dewey Specialist College, please do not hesitate to contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead:

Nicki Quarterman

nicki.quarterman@area51ed.org.uk

020 8881 7739

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