|Designated Safeguarding Lead
|Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads|
At the American School in London, we believe that the purpose of education is to challenge all students to develop to their fullest intellectual, social, emotional and physical potential. Understanding that children learn and grow best within a caring and supportive framework, we undertake to create a school that models responsible personal and social behavior and keeps students free from the fear of any kind of abuse or neglect, and enables them to experience the fulfillment that comes from actively participating in a learning community.
All ASL employees are required, without exception, to report cases of suspected child abuse or neglect to one of the designated personnel within the School. The designated person will liaise with the school’s designated safeguarding lead and can consult directly with and make referrals to the appropriate Children’s Services in the relevant borough. All designated persons have additional information to assist in the assessment of suspected abuse. The requirements of ASL employees are derived from UK laws and required guidance.
We have crafted a series of documents and policies that outline the standards of behavior by which we expect those in our community to abide. The development of these documents has taken place over time with careful consultation with experts within the ASL community and professionals from external organizations. The intention of these documents is to provide policies and practices that ensure the safety of our students.
If any member of the school community feels unable to report a concern to a member of the safeguarding team, they can speak directly and anonymously to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) on their advice line at +44 (0)800 0280 285.