June DSL Resources

As students gradually come back into our schools we are continuing to work to support you with our weekly DSL forum, online learning resources and monthly training packs for staff. Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 is on the horizon and we will be there to support your setting with tools for implementation.

  • Modern slavery training
  • An audit tool for wider opening in schools
  • Responding to children missing education
  • Safeguarding Insight: Staff training, as easy as level 1, 2, 3...?

Underspend?

COVID-19 has caused disruption in so many areas. If your setting would like to purchase an annual subscription for Safeguarding Network for 2020/21 or access our supervision services for DSLs do get in touch.

Resources

Modern slavery is mostly a hidden crime but has the most serious of implications for young people and families that become entrapped. To access our Keeping Children Safe in Education resources on modern slavery simply log in as a DSL to access:

  • a presentation and notes
  • a quiz and answers
  • a handout
  • scenarios for primary, secondary, SEND and care settings.

Transition

The following excerpt is from our DSL checklist for wider re-opening.

Through the frenetic activity around COVID-19 you'll also be wanting to make space to consider the needs of those students who will progress to other schools or colleges later this term. Discuss this with staff and provide opportunity to reflect that it may be first time they have not had the chance to say goodbye and/or celebrate success with their young people - think creatively about opportunities to mark these changs.. Some children/young people may miss also older/younger peers.

For students moving on or coming into your setting next term ensure plans are up to speed and re-establish links, plans and communication around safeguarding and pastoral needs with the next school/college. Set up any discussions/meetings to share safeguarding, pastoral or SEND information, especially for the more vulnerable children. Consider plans for sending the safeguarding file securely once you have confirmation the child is on the next school’s roll.

There is more on transition here from the education round table.

Wider reopening DSL checklist

Many school and college sites have been closed to most students since March. This webpage helps Designated Safeguarding Leads and pastoral managers think about the students’ needs and how your setting might prepare for their return. There is also a Word version of the checklist for Safeguarding Network members.

Weekly online DSL forum

No doubt transitions will be discussed at this week's DSL forum. If you'd like to join us visit safeguarding.network/live and log in for access details and the minutes of previous meetings.

Online learning

Apologies - we are slightly behind on this series with free or low cost online resources to support your staff, especially those working from home.

To enrol your staff visit the YOUR SETTING page and scroll down. Contact us for a refresher or download the help guide.

now online ELEARNING – Domestic abuse (99p)
now online ELEARNING – Sexual Violence & Sexual Harassment (99p)
now online ELEARNING - Managing Allegations & the role of the LADO (£9)
now online ELEARNING - Introduction to Safeguarding Children (£9)
now online WEBINAR - Physical abuse (free to members)
now online WEBINAR - Gangs & youth violence (free to members)
Coming soon ELEARNING - Online safety & digital wellbeing (99p)
June 3 WEBINAR – Trafficking & modern slavery (free to members)
June 15 ELEARNING – Child exploitation series (99p each)
June 29 SERIES – Attachment & trauma informed communication (£4.95)
July 13 WEBINAR - Harmful practices (free to members)

Your CPD

This month we welcome our guest author, Elizabeth Rose of So Safeguarding. As many of you begin thinking about staff training in September she has written an outline of what to look for to ensure your training is high quality. We've also added a link to our members' training grid tool.

access your Safeguarding Insight

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Every DSL has to ensure staff receive regular training and have not just read Keeping Children Safe in Education but can apply their knowledge. Each month Safeguarding Network provides you with the materials to support your staff's learning at a very low cost, a structured and comprehenisve approach to your safeguarding requirements.

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Planning ahead...

In July our materials will be covering harmful practices (faith abuse) in line with Honour Based Violence day on 14th July.

With everything else going on it is important to find the time to be linking with other schools to support the transition of children who may be at particular risk.

You'll also want to be thinking about updating your Child Protection Policy and having this approved by governors, and getting a plan in place for vulnerable children across the summer.

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We're here to make sure you do an excellent job in your school. If you need advice on safeguarding guidance or cases, please don't hesitate to ask the DSL network on the forums, or get in touch with us.