Fortnightly Safeguarding Briefing

3rd June 2019

Safeguarding Network - Confidence in safeguarding

Welcome to your latest safeguarding briefing

Half terms are whizzing by at a rate. Welcome back, and to a number of new pieces of guidance that affect safeguarding in schools.

This week's update looks at:

  • New safeguarding inspection guidance
  • New guidance from the safer recruitment consortium
  • Potential changes to KCSiE in the event of Brexit
  • KCSiE translations

Inspecting safeguarding arrangements

The new inspection framework was published last month, pulling safeguarding under the banner of leadership and management. For us this makes sense: when we audit safeguarding arrangements in schools, or in improvement work with organisations where safeguarding has become an issue, leadership and management are always core to performance. We've highlighted just a few of the features of successful safeguarding arrangements Ofsted will be looking for...

  • Children feel safe and have someone to go to. It is so obvious, but learning from the most serious incidents highlights the failure to see things through the eyes of the child, to hear their voice and to keep speaking up on their behalf. How do you hear your most vulnerable learners?
  • Everyone working in the school follows the policies. Signing to say you have read a policy is only a starting point... do your staff practice what to do if they're worried? Try scenario work, discussion topics, quizzes and more to embed the learning.
  • Clear, prompt and accountable recording - ensure they're safely stored and shared with others when needed.
  • Prompt referrals to children's social care that are followed up and escalated where necessary.
  • Clear plans and well-coordinated responses to problems. Inspectors know that some learners are very troubled, and that risks in their family or community are high. Are there clear plans for these young people, are they linked up with other agencies and reviewed, and most importantly do they work?
  • Clear strategies around digital wellbeing.
  • Promotion of positive behaviour, with review and learning from incidents. Recognition that behaviour is communication.
  • Sound responses to peer on peer abuse that consider the needs of both perpetrators and victims.
  • Safer recruitment and effective approaches to managing allegations.
  • Effective safeguarding supervision and support for people working directly and regularly with children and learners whose safety and welfare are at risk. We'll be writing more about this in a future edition.
  • "clear and effective arrangements for staff development and training in respect of the protection and care of children and learners"

This last bullet point is the motivation behind Safeguarding Network. Our bite-size training packs with quizzes, scenarios and presentations provide a clear and comprehensive in-house curriculum to meet the requirements of the inspection framework and schools can subscribe for just £99 a term. This takes the time out of the preparation and ensuring your materials are professional, expertly sourced and effective for your staff.

Contact us and we will show you around our resources

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Guidance for safer working practice for those working with children and young people in education settings

This is a really helpful guide taking education settings through the range of requirements and practice recommendations to support a code of conduct or staff behaviour policy. The document reflects on the principles and responsibilities behind a sound safeguarding culture, with helpful guidance on social media and other contact, overnight supervision and other standards of behaviour.

We suggest schools use the guidance to check their staff behaviour policy is robust, and as a point of reference should there be concerns. Having undertaken investigations into allegations about staff, the code of conduct is the foundation against which standards of behaviour should be measured, so it is important to get this right.

The guidance is available on the Safer Recruitment Consortium website. You can contact us for more information on our Safer Recruitment or Managing Allegations training.

Did you know...

London Grid for Learning have translated Keeping Children Safe in Education into TEN different languages?

Visit https://kcsietranslate.lgfl.net to find out more.

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EEA regulating authority teacher sanctions or restrictions in the event of Brexit

If we end up with a no deal scenario, the requirement for EEA professional regulating authorities to share details of any sanction or restriction imposed on teachers will no longer apply. This means the Teaching Regulation Agency will no longer maintain details of those teachers who have been sanctioned in EEA member states. Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory safeguarding guidance will be updated shortly to advise schools and colleges about how an EEA regulator’s assessment of a teacher’s professional competence can be checked in future... watch this space!

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