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At Life Skills Manor for Autism we are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all staff, volunteers and the wider community to share this commitment.  For pupils to feel that they are able to do their best and achieve their true potential, it is important that they feel safe and supported in our school environment.

We ensure that our pupils feel secure, are encouraged to communicate, are listened to and are safe. Throughout our curriculum, we provide activities and opportunities that equip our children to stay safe and develop essential life skills.

We aim to 'prevent', 'protect' and 'support' all our pupils by addressing child protection in the curriculum, including online safety, and by empowering and enabling staff to be vigilant for vulnerable pupils through regular, ongoing training and the dissemination of information.

Our Governors are involved in overseeing and guiding our Safeguarding procedures and work to ensure the highest standards of safety, awareness and support for our pupils, staff and families.

A safeguarding audit each year ensures our systems meet statutory guidelines and, in many cases, go beyond basic requirements. We receive advice and guidance from the Local Authority and our staff are trained on a regular basis on up to date topics relating to safeguarding and child protection. We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism, and training for all new staff.

All staff in school, including volunteers and outside agencies under-go relevant DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring).

Where there is any concern about the wellbeing/safeguarding of a pupil in school this is referred to the pupil's Local Authority Multi Agency Partnership (MAP) team for advice, support and further action where required.  Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, which can be viewed on the Reports & Policies page of this website.

Safeguarding Policy

Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2023

Life Skills Manor follow guidance from Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2023. You can see the UK Government guidance on or download the PDF here.

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Click the image to download the document or click here.

Leaders make sure that pupils are safe and comfortable. Strong teamwork and clear communication ensure shared oversight of pupils’ welfare. Staff are vigilant. They are sensitive to pupils’ needs and listen carefully to their comments.

- Ofsted 2022

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Mickey Capeling

Deputy Headteacher and Designated Safeguard Lead

The Parents’ Guide to Teaching Your Teen Online Safety


Online safety is near the top of the worry list for most parents today. More teens than ever are using social media channels on the daily, and they’re doing everything from learning to socialising, gaming to shopping.



CEOP is a website run by the UK Police Force. It has a number of tools to help you make a report of online abuse and problems.



The National Crime Agency's CEOP Education team’s website to help protect children and young people from online child sexual abuse.

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With You is a charity providing free, confidential support to people experiencing issues with drugs, alcohol or mental health.



Childline is a charity who can help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, their trained counsellors are here to support you.

Educate against hate


A website to provide practical advice, support and resources to protect children from extremism and radicalisation.

Family lives


Targeted early intervention and family support.

Kent and Youth Child Health


A team who work to improve the general health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families to support children to get the best start in life.

Kooth Home


Online mental wellbeing community.

Parent Zone


An online resource to improve outcomes for children in an increasingly digital world. It provides support and information to parents, children and schools, working globally to help families to navigate the internet safely and confidently.

Kent Resilience Hub


Supporting young people to cope better with the pressures of everyday life.