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SEND & safeguarding: Effective practice

The increased vulnerabilities of children with SEND mean that safeguarding must remain a constant focus for all school staff. Sara Alston advises

There are four bullet points (paragraph 185) in Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE, 2021) which focus on the additional safeguarding vulnerabilities of and risks for children with SEND.

We need to remember that these are a starting point and reminders, not the whole story; to ensure the safeguarding of some of our most vulnerable children we need to look beyond these headlines.

Effective safeguarding is dependent on knowing and listening to our children as individuals. Seeing children with SEND as a single group may cause us to miss the wide variety of difficulties and risks they face. As with any group of children we need to be aware of their individual strengths, needs and vulnerabilities.

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