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Pastoral care and safeguarding: Four kinds of vulnerable pupil who will need our support

With the new school year upon us safeguarding and pastoral care expert Dawn Jotham looks at some pupils facing particular challenges and what schools can do to support young people to help keep them safe in school


The pandemic has been tough on all children and young people. An increase in screen time and school pressures, a reduction in opportunities to see friends on top of the concerns of getting ill have placed an unprecedented amount of stress on children and young people, leading to heightened anxiety and other mental health issues.

Children and young people have been affected in vastly different ways, but some already vulnerable groups will have had other factors to deal with and will be facing many overlapping vulnerabilities.

The need to support young people has never been more important. While the current government narrative may be dominated by the need for students to catch up academically, children’s wellbeing is equally as important.

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