Fortnightly Safeguarding Briefing

1st July 2019

Safeguarding Network - Confidence in safeguarding

Welcome to your latest briefing

The summer is definitely here, and we hope that you are able to at least get out and enjoy some of it.  As mentioned in our last briefing, making sure that our own mental health is protected is crucial to helping us to deal with the problems that others have on a day to day basis. Indeed, a brief search on the "positive effects of sunshine" brings up links suggesting that the Vitamin D production that is triggered protects against inflammation, lowers high blood pressure and helps brain function. However, we would not be focused on safeguarding if we did not remind you to stay safe in the sun.

In this briefing:

  • Draft Keeping Children Safe in Education
  • Teaching online safety in school
  • Safeguarding under strain?
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In preparation for implementation in September, a draft version of KCSiE 2019 was released last week.  The good news is that there is not a lot of changes required, with only 17 amendments compared to the 51 changes last year. But this does mean that we need to be aware of the changes.

For more information see a copy of the email that we sent to Designated Safeguarding Leads yesterday.

DSL Tips

Twitter has lots on the #safeguarding and some on the #childprotection tags, and there’s a real community of safeguarding leads who are happy to share advice or just sympathy to both new and experienced DSLs, deputies and others in a #pastoral role.

We have been working on curating content from Twitter about the role of Designated Safeguarding Leads and hints and tips from others.  See our summary of the advice and support on our DSL Tips page, and join the debate. Tweet us @safernetwork and include the hashtags #dsltips and #safeguarding.

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As well as the draft KCSiE being issued (see above), Teaching online safety in school was also published last week.  Whilst not statutory guidance it is a useful reference document for all provisions.  The document looks at key areas:

  • How to help children evaluate what they see online
  • Help children to recognise techniques used for persuasion
  • Help children understand what is acceptable and not acceptable behaviour online
  • Help children identify possible online risks
  • Teach children where and when to seek advice and support.

Safeguarding under strain?

Linking in with the discussion at the start of this email about pressure, an article in the Guardian with the headline "Met police flag up 700 welfare and abuse cases a day over five years" caught our attention.  Although the figures cover children and vulnerable adults, it identifies that at a time when more and more services are being shifted away from local authorities there is increasing demand for protection from all agencies.  From the Met police figures, concern for welfare, child sexual exploitation and bullying are largest categories.  Would your staff know how to respond to these issues?

For many safeguarding is an expected addition to our roles, however it is important that demand for services is met.  Key questions are therefore around how your local safeguarding partnership is working together to rise to the increasing levels of need whilst ensuring that the right service is being given to the right child at the right time.

Safeguarding Network can help you to meet your responsibilities for ensuring that staff are up to date whilst reducing the impact on you.  Contact us if you would like to know more.

Who are we?

Safeguarding Network recognise that the demands on schools are increasing from every aspect. Safeguarding is no exception. Using our front-line safeguarding experience and knowledge we develop resources to help schools meet their safeguarding requirements with the aim of helping lighten the load.

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