Student Safeguarding in a Multi-Academy Trust –
How to reach vulnerable students who may be suffering in silence
As pupils emerge from lockdown, many factors may have impacted their wellbeing. In many cases, your teachers or DSLs will spot a vulnerable pupil with their eyes and ears. Your teachers especially, will likely know what behaviour is usual or unusual for each pupil and what changes may be a cause for concern.
Their eyes and ears have always been and will continue to be a vital part of student safeguarding.
But what about those children who are showing no outward signs of distress, and/or who are not speaking up. Children sometimes choose not to confide to an adult if they are feeling scared, or uncomfortable, and if they can’t find the words or don’t want to cause any fuss. Or sometimes because they don’t even realise they are in any danger, such as in circumstances of grooming.