All staff at TreeHouse School are required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and are appointed through safer recruitment procedures.
They also receive training in child protection, both generally and specifically in relation to autism. This training is refreshed and updated on a regular basis.
Staff at TreeHouse School recognise the important role they play in child protection and are sensitive to the special educational needs of the pupils.
Parents and carers should, therefore, be aware that should a member of staff have concerns about a pupil’s physical or emotional wellbeing, these concerns will be reported to the headteacher.
In some circumstances, and in accordance with policy and practice, this concern may be reported to the local authority or social services.
The school has in place a safeguarding and child protection policy and procedure, including the safeguarding of young adults.
Senior staff in the school work with the relevant local agencies, including the local Safeguarding Children Board. Pupils at the school are supervised at all times by qualified and experienced staff.
Named staff are qualified first aiders and a clear procedure is in place for documenting and informing parents of any accident or injury sustained at the school.
Through social skills development, each pupil learns to treat others with respect, and any form of bullying is taken seriously.
Security is a high priority at TreeHouse School because of the vulnerable nature of the pupils. All visitors must sign in at reception prior to entering any part of the building and must be escorted at all times.
"Staff are vigilant and take all necessary steps to keep pupils safe." - Ofsted, 2017
It is a priority for TreeHouse School and Ambitious about Autism that all pupils have full access to a broad and balanced curriculum. To maximise opportunities, activities are planned taking into account every individual’s background.