Fortnightly Safeguarding Briefing

15th July 2019

Safeguarding Network - Confidence in safeguarding

Welcome to the last briefing of the school year

The end of term is almost here, and the summer weather is holding out too! This will be our last briefing until September, but it will not be a case of the Safeguarding Network offices shutting up shop over the summer - there is lots to do to make sure that we are ready to support you with your safeguarding needs in September. We are open for new memberships throughout the summer – just visit safeguarding.network/landing to join now until 1st January 2020!

If you do have any questions over the summer, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at contact@safeguarding.network. The email inbox will continue to be monitored throughout the holidays.

In this issue:

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education update
  • Forced marriage
  • Holiday hunger

Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE)

As we highlighted in our last briefing, a draft version of KCSiE was released at the end of June with the view that this would become statutory guidance and replace the current version at the beginning of September 2019.

For your staff, the updates to Part 1 were relatively minor with some of the information being moved around to enhance the readability of the document. Additions were also made in relation to upskirting and additional paragraphs added on serious violence. There was also an update to the whistleblowing section (the phone number for the NSPCC whistle-blowing helpline).

Safeguarding Network have developed developed a free five-step implementation guide to Keeping Children Safe in Education available at safeguarding.network/kcsie. We also have an online knowledge check which we are updating to reflect the changes in the KCSiE 2019 with a free peer on peer abuse elearning module. The check evidences your staff have not only read but also understood the requirements placed on them by Part 1, and is available to Safeguarding Network members for only 99p per user. They receive a certificate and you also receive reports on completion.

Not a member but want access to the knowledge check or want to know more? Contact us for more information.

Forced Marriage poster

Forced marriage

Forced marriage is illegal in the UK. It is defined as being "when you face physical pressure to marry (for example, threats, physical violence or sexual violence) or emotional and psychological pressure (eg if you’re made to feel like you’re bringing shame on your family)."

The summer is a time of year when the risks of children from certain cultures and countries being subjected to forced marriage increases significantly.

Resources to discuss forced marriage with children can be found on the Amnesty International website, with posters (such as the one on this email) and other materials on the gov.uk website.

Empty fridge

Holiday Hunger

The Big Issue ran an article about holiday hunger at the beginning of July, identifying that the need for one extra meal a day can push some families to the breadline. They report that the UK government spent £2m last year keeping 18,000 children fed with and increase in the funding to £9.1m and a target of 50,000 children this year. This is however a relative drop in the ocean when compared to the estimated 3 million children at risk of going hungry in the holidays. This and associated poverty can then have a significant impact on children and their development. There are campaigns to help being run across the country (e.g. Food Cycle), and it is worth considering if these children need more formal involvement through Early Help or other services.

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