Safeguarding

Happy, resilient and empowered to succeed. These principles represent our ambition for every child at Dusit.

Our uncompromising culture of care ensures the safety and well-being of all children is at the heart of St. Andrews Dusit. This includes the security of our learning environments, the emotional well-being of our students, the rigorous vetting of our staff, and robust policies, procedures and training in child safeguarding.

What does safeguarding mean at Dusit?

All staff and visitors at St. Andrews International School Dusit are committed to keeping children safe, ensuring the well-being of our school community and promoting a culture of care.

We have a strong safeguarding culture at St. Andrews and this can be seen through our:

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Rigorous safer recruitment process

We carry out a full global background check on all our members of staff. This covers identity, criminal background, reference, education/qualifications and reference checks prior to starting at our school.

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Regular safeguarding training for all staff

We conduct training which is drip-fed throughout the year to all our staff. This includes any outside providers for clubs, camps, ECAs, transport and catering.

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Positive student to student and student and staff relationships

We pride ourselves on Dusit being a community school in which every member is not only valued and respected but one where every voice matters and is heard.

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Student and staff mentor system

To ensure new members of our community feel included and settle into Dusit life we pair them with a ‘buddy’. This can be a peer in their class or a colleague, this helps with transition, making friends and feeling academically settled. Every member of the Dusit community is active and responsible for helping new starters feel welcome.

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External Support

Sometimes we may seek support from external agencies, including for early help and intervention. We have good links with a range of support services such as counselling, psychologists, SEN specialists and behaviour therapists.

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Personal, Social and Health Education Program

We use a scheme of work that covers all aspects of Personal, Social, Health Education that gives our children the relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others.

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Independent safeguarding reviews

Being part of the Cognita schools group ensures we are committed to maintaining the highest standards of care, safety and well-being for all our children. Maintaining these standards means receiving yearly Safeguarding audits, in which an independent regulator monitors and assesses; the security of our learning environments, the students emotional well-being, the rigorous vetting of our staff, our robust policies, procedures and training in safeguarding. We do this to ensure our school goes above and beyond what is required to keep our students safe.

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Student voice initiatives

Each year we carry out a ‘Voice of the Student Survey’, this is for each individual student to provide their feedback on feeling safe at school, their teachers and their learning. This helps us to reflect, improve and ensures we are the best we can be.

‘Obtaining, interpreting and using feedback is at the heart of the Cognita Way: a key aspect of building a learning community in each school.’ –Cognita

Contact

We have a designated member of staff who takes responsibility for this area. All policies are available on request please contact –

  Sonal Trivedi is the Designated Safeguarding Lead

strivedi@standrews-schools.com  

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