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
Vanguard School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all students and expects all staff, multi-agency staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We strive to ensure that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, students and staff at school.
Vanguard School has policies and procedures in place to deal effectively with child protection and safeguarding issues, which include tackling radicalisation and extremism, together with recording and monitoring processes.
To promote a safe environment for students, Vanguard School employs a strict selection and recruitment policy which includes all statutory checks on staff and regular volunteers including Enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) checks.
All staff are trained to a level appropriate to their safeguarding responsibilities ranging from basic awareness for all, to Level 2 for key staff. Other safeguarding training is attended by relevant staff and governors. The training is monitored, and comprehensive records kept by the DSL.
Staff are required to report any causes of concern to the school safeguarding team. Referrals are logged and monitored to make sure that they are followed up appropriately.
Student attendance is monitored closely, and concerns shared as appropriate with parents/carers, Education Welfare Officers, Social Care and the school Safeguarding team. Vanguard School works effectively with other agencies and parents/carers when necessary to safeguard young people. If you have any serious concerns about your child, another student or a member of staff at Vanguard School please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) who will be able to provide you with the best advice and help using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.
Find out more
Other staff trained in Child Protection:
- The Designated Person for Looked After Children (LAC): call: 0208 0596 310
- The Governor with responsibility for safeguarding: call: 0208 0596 310
The Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is available on our Trust Policies page.
If you are concerned about the safety of a child, you can contact the school to speak to the DSL or you can call the Lambeth Integrated Referral Hub:
- 020 7926 3100
For Lambeth Children's Social Care, call 020 7926 5555