Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School and college staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. Schools and colleges and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. (Keeping Children Safe in Education – DFE 2016)
The DSP, Head Teacher and governing body should consider the following areas (request safeguarding audit document) in order to establish whether the school policies and procedures effectively safeguard children. Supporting evidence must be provided for each indicator. All identified actions should have an indicative timescale.
The annual checklist needs to be completed by all members of the safeguarding team jointly (i.e. the DSP, Headteacher and Governing Body).
It has been developed to align it with the following statutory guidance and inspection frameworks:
- Working Together to Safeguarding Children (DFE 2015)
- Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE 2016)
- Ofsted Framework for School Inspection and the School Inspection Handbook (April 2014)
This document has been produced by the CAM Team who can be contacted on email@example.com. This is for school use as an auditing tool.
Please also check the latest documents for Safeguarding. We will be uploading key notes every month.
Mentally Healthy Schools website: https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/
The DfE have talked more about preparing for the GDPR in their blogs for schools.
You can find all the articles here: https://teaching.blog.gov.uk/
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse Concerns
In 2016, the government consulted on whether there should be a professional or criminal consequence for teachers, and other professionals. This week the DfE issued their response and have not implemented their proposal. Less than 12% of those responding said they supported mandatory reporting. The DfE said, ‘Feedback suggests that these additional measures could risk creating unnecessary burdens, divert attention from the most serious cases, hamper professional judgement, and potentially jeopardise the vital relationships between social workers and vulnerable families in their care.’
Prevent toolkit for schools (London Borough of Ealing): Download the toolkit here: www.egfl.org.uk/services-children/safeguarding/anti-radicalisation-prevent-duty
Body Image Resources
When we think of the impact of concerns about how teenagers look, we don’t always consider how boys feel. There is growing evidence that boys do care deeply about how they look, and it can be something that makes them feel bad. The Boys’ Biggest Conversation is a campaign to encourage teenagers and young men, across the UK, to talk about body image and the effect it has on their mental wellbeing. Website: http://boysbiggestconversation.com/
Teaching Resources: http://mediasmart.uk.com/resources/teaching-resources
The Mindful Me activity guide, developed with psychologists, and experts in body image and girl development, helps girls build body confidence and self-esteem. The activities included focus on body awareness, mindfulness, self-kindness, empowerment, and positive emotions. Download here: https://www.berealcampaign.co.uk/education-resources/11-activity-guide-for-mentors-of-girls-from-the-dove-self-esteem-project
Confident Me body-confidence teaching materials, from Dove, explore influences on young people’s body image and self-esteem. This collection of resources support five self-esteem workshops and address key topics, including the impact of society, professional and social media on appearance ideals, and give teachers strategies to boost students’ confidence. Download here: https://www.dove.com/uk/dove-self-esteem-project/school-workshops-on-body-image-confident-me/self-esteem-school-resources-confident-me-five-sessions.html
Free online anaphylaxis training
AllergyWise for Schools is a FREE online anaphylaxis training course from the Anaphylaxis Campaign, designed to ensure that key staff in schools are fully aware of the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, how to provide emergency treatment and the implications for management of severely allergic children from Key Stages 1 to 5 in an education setting.
More information about the training course can be found here: https://allergywise.org.uk/
Free Posters about anaphylaxis: https://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/information-training/our-posters/
NEW Designated teacher for Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children – Statutory Guidance (February 2018)
Download: Designated teacher for Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children – Statutory Guidance (February 2018)
Download: Promoting the education of looked-after and previously looked-after children – Statutory Guidance (February 2018)
Sports minister introduces martial arts safeguarding code
The minister for sport, Tracey Crouch, has announced a safeguarding code for children attending martial arts clubs. The voluntary code being developed by Sport England, and will go live in June 2018. The code is being supported by British Taekwondo, the British Kickboxing Council, British Judo and the English Karate Council. Read more here:https://www.sportengland.org/our-work/safeguarding/safeguarding-in-martial-arts/
NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit
The NSPCC have dedicated resources for safeguarding children in sport. More details can be found here: https://thecpsu.org.uk/
Safeguarding in Athletics
Safeguarding In Cricket
Safeguarding in Football
Safeguarding in Gymnastics
Safeguarding in Netball
Safeguarding in Rugby
Safeguarding in Swimming
Outdoor Education Advisors Panel (OEAP)
The OEAP website is a fantastic resource for any kind of outdoor education, not only for more hazardous pursuits, but everyday activities too. The website is the hub for all the national guidance on off-site visits which can be found here: https://oeapng.info/
The recently published DfE guidance ‘Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment between children in schools and colleges’ says that schools should ensure that pupils understand a wide-range of issues around developing healthy relationships. One source of information schools can use are resources produced by the Home Office and the Government Equalities Office, called Disrespect Nobody.
The resources cover:
- What is Sexting?
- What is Relationship abuse?
- What is Consent?
- What is Rape?
- What is Porn?
The guidance says that schools should make available helplines that pupils could access themselves. The Dispect Nobody has a list of helplines that could be particularly useful for worries about relationships and sexual issues. There list can be found here:https://www.disrespectnobody.co.uk/need-help/
More information about the ‘Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment’ guidance:https://www.safeguardinginschools.co.uk/sexual-violence-sexual-harassment-children-schools-colleges-dfe-2017/
PACT; Pact is a national charity that provides support to prisoners, people with convictions, and their families. They work towards building stronger families and safer communities. The Pact website – http://www.prisonadvice.org.uk – has many resources to help support school staff, young people and parents.
The Pact Helpline is available on 0808 808 3444 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm); or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Support Partnership: The Education Support Partnership are the UK’s only charity dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of the entire education workforce.
Education Support Partnership Helpline 08000 562 561 – Website: www.educationsupportpartnership.org.uk
Sleep and recovery: a toolkit for employers: (Business in the Community, Prince’s Responsible Business Network and Public Health England) Download: Sleep and recovery: a toolkit for employers
Early Years’ Staff Supervision
For staff in the Early Years, the EYFS framework, says that: ‘Providers must put appropriate arrangements in place for the supervision of staff who have contact with children and families. Effective supervision provides support, coaching and training for the practitioner and promotes the interests of children. Supervision should foster a culture of mutual support, teamwork and continuous improvement, which encourages the confidential discussion of sensitive issues’. (Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (DfE, 2017) paragraph 3.21)
UPDATED Searching, screening and confiscation at school (DfE, January 2018)
The government’s ‘Searching, screening and confiscation at school’ guidance, has been updated. The latest document includes a new section, ‘Statutory guidance for dealing with electronic devices’. Other than this section, the previous guidance still holds.
A summary of the new section is below:
Staff may lawfully search electronic devices, without consent or parental permission, if there is a suspicion that the pupil has a device prohibited by school rules, or the staff member has good reason to suspect the device may be used to:
- cause harm,
- disrupt teaching,
- break school rules,
- commit an offence,
- cause personal injury, or
- damage property.
Any data, files or images that are believed to be illegal must be passed to the police as soon as practicable, including pornographic images of children, without deleting them.
Any data, files or images that are not believed to be unlawful, may be deleted or kept as evidence of a breach of the school’s behaviour policy.
The school’s policies should reflect this new guidance.
Download the guidance here: Searching, screening and confiscation at school (DfE, January 2018)
‘Searching, screening and confiscation at school (January 2018)’ must be read alongside the UKCCIS guidance, ‘Sexting in schools and colleges: Responding to incidents and safeguarding young people’ (January 2017)
There is further information about the UKCCIS guidance on my website here:https://www.safeguardinginschools.co.uk/responding-sexting-schools-colleges-ukccis/
Children’s Mental Health Week (5th – 11th February 2018): You can find plenty of resources to celebrate mental health week on the the Place2Be website here: https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/schools-and-youth-groups/
Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges (DfE):
You can watch the video here: www.safeguardinginschools.co.uk/sexual-violence-sexual-harassment-children-schools-colleges-dfe-2017
Check early years qualifications (DfE): All early years providers working with children from birth to 5 years old must follow the regulations on EYFS staff:child ratios. This is the number of qualified staff, at different qualification levels, an early years setting needs to have in order to meet the needs of all children and ensure their safety. The DfE have a page on their website to check what qualifications count for when including staff in the staffing ratio. The DfE have now clarified that early years apprentices do not count towards the EYFS staff:child ratios until they have qualified.
You can find the checklist page here: www.gov.uk/guidance/early-years-qualifications-finder
The Resource Vault (Children’s Society): Website: https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/mental-health-advice-for-children-and-young-people/the-advice-resource-vault
TV Advert: https://youtu.be/nMIKUsZjirA
Parents’ Pack for PANTS message: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule
Resources for teaching about Consent: https://www.safeguardinginschools.co.uk/sexual-violence-sexual-harassment-children-schools-colleges-dfe-2017/
Safer Internet Day – Tuesday 6th February: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2018/education-packs
Managing a sudden death in the school community (LGfL)
Talking about death with your little one (CBeebies)
How to support a bereaved child (Video, Child Bereavement UK)
What helps grieving children and young people (pdf)