Fortnightly Safeguarding Briefing

29th April 2019

Safeguarding Network - Confidence in safeguarding

Welcome to your latest briefing

Welcome back. We hope that you had a good Easter break and were able to make the most of the glorious weather that the UK and Europe had to offer.

In this update:

  • DfE reminder on peer on peer abuse and Keeping Children Safe in Education
  • New governance handbook issued
  • Child exploitation disruption toolkit issued
  • Learning to prevent abuse

DfE checking peer on peer abuse awareness...

A "special" email from the DfE came out immediately prior to the Easter holidays asking whether recipients are aware of the latest version of KCSiE (issued in Sept 2018). It cites a survey conducted by Teacher Tapp which found "the level of awareness amongst teachers of the guidance, specifically on how to handle an allegation of sexual assault committed by one student upon another (regardless of whether or not it took place on school grounds), is very low."

What should we do...

  • Read the guidance on sexual violence and sexual harassment in school - there's a summary and link in our post on the guidance
  • Audit your practice against the guidance - Safeguarding Network members have access to a free audit in the DSL Tools section
  • Learn more about this kind of abuse at safeguarding.network/peer-on-peer
  • Train your staff - looking at this aspect of safeguarding and subscribing schools can access our update package
  • Ensure your staff have read, understand and can apply Keeping Children Safe in Education - we've a knowledge check that can help.
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New Governance Handbook

The Department for Education have issued an updated Governance Handbook. In terms of safeguarding, the updated handbook highlights the need for governing boards to ensure effective policies and procedures are in place, including an effective and accessible child protection policy.

There is increased emphasis on a lead individual on the board ensuring safeguarding arrangements are robust and that the board as a whole ensure the DSL has appropriate status, time, funding, training and resources to do their role and that this role is defined in their job description.

Finally boards must ensure the school's response to peer on peer abuse is robust.

Boards can commission an independent safeguarding audit covering all these areas - contact us for more details.

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New child exploitation disruption toolkit

The Home Office have released a Child Exploitation Disruption Toolkit. There's a shift from 'CSE' to recognising similarities across all types of exploitation, so a common set of tactics can be effective. The toolkit ensures frontline professionals knowing the legal options available and best practice approaches around information sharing.

Safeguarding Network has resource pages on the different types of Child Exploitation and members can access update packages for their staff which can be used alongside the disruption toolkit.

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Learning to prevent abuse

The NSPCC have recently published a summary of research that they have been doing in Northern Ireland about how teachers learn to prevent abuse. They summarise that preventative education clearly works, and that the drip feeding of safeguarding (including challenging issues) into their lessons has a positive outcome. In order to do this however the teachers need to learn about the issues in order to pass this on to the children they work with.

The research on teachers' preferred learning styles established the majority benefitted from "approaches that facilitate collaboration, reflective practice and learning by peers", whilst also accepting that a blended learning approach (online and face to face learning) was also effective.

This is very much the approach of Safeguarding Network. Every month we send DSLs bite-size, in-house training packs to build knowledge, capacity and confidence across your staff teams. This drip-drip approach supporting your own safeguarding team facilitates local, shared learning amongst peers with a strong focus on the experience of children and young people. Whilst the NSPCC research specifically talks about teachers the research is applicable to all organisations that work with children and young people.

You may wish to review your safeguarding training strategy to think about the best way to embed learning across your setting. Safeguarding Network members can access our template here.

For more information about how Safeguarding Network can help your organisation for only £99 a term visit the sample page on our website, reply to this email or call us on 07921 015176.

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