Fortnightly Safeguarding Briefing

23rd June 2020

Safeguarding Network - Confidence in safeguarding

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 briefing

Welcome to those of you who have joined us since the publication of the guidance. In our fortnightly briefing we keep you up to date with guidance, research and good practice around safeguarding. We also highlight resources we have developed to support early years, schools and colleges through these uncertain times.

In this issue:

  • Summary of the new guidance on our website
  • free online Keeping Children Safe in Education webinar
  • staff briefing PowerPoint - coming soon...
  • members tools
    • detailed list of all the changes
    • audit/report for SLT and governors
    • Keeping Children Safe in Education Knowledge Check (99p)
  • Social connection, loneliness and lockdown

We will also have a Safeguarding Insight into the safeguarding implications of Relationships Education, Sex & Relationships Education and Health Education in line with the statutory guidance in our next bulletin.

Members have access to additional support with our KCSiE 2020 audit tool and report template for SLT and governors. They also have access to the full suite of in-house training resources to support the implementation of the guidance.

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Covid-19 Government webpage

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 was published at 12pm on the 17th June 2020 for implementation on 1st September – until this point KCSiE 2019 remains in force. Keeping Children Safe in Education runs alongside the non-statutory interim guidance on safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers during the coronavirus outbreak (which hadn’t been updated at the time of writing).

For an outline of the changes, see our website.

Free webinar & staff PowerPoint

We've been poring over the guidance and will be delivering an online webinar briefing from 4:30pm to 5:30pm on Wednesday 1st July to share the implications and actions required. We'll share our staff briefing PowerPoint the same day.

We're sorry, the webinar has already taken place. Click to access a recording of the webinar

Can't make that time? We will be recording the webinar so you can view it at a later date and we will still send you the PowerPoint presentation.

Click to access a recording of the webinar

Audit tool/report to SLT & detailed list of changes

Members can now download our audit tool to help implement the changes listed in Annex H of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020. We've also included the expanded Annex H which sets out each and every text change in the guidance.

Click to log in to access the audit tool and list of changes
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KCSiE 2020 Knowledge Check

Over 3,500 staff completed our knowledge check last year. We are currently updating the check to incorporate the changes bought in by the lastest version of KCSiE. Members can sign up their staff now to get immediate access once the new knowledge check is released for only 99p per person.

Click to log in to to book staff on the Knowledge Check (99p)
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Social connection, loneliness and lockdown

A blog by Research in Practice highlights a significant issue which has worsened for many by virtue of the lockdown. In identifying three types of loneliness the blog highlights the difficult nature in addressing loneliness. In discussing ways in which practitioners can work with individuals to address loneliness, the blog reminds us of the impact that the regulations around coronavirus have had on many people who now feel more isolated than ever.

How does this relate to children and young people? Despite the advent of social media and the increasing use of phones and wearable technology, children and young people are reporting that they continue to feel lonely, with a report by the Office of National Statistics from 2018 identifying that as many as 1 in 5 children and young people who live in cities reporting that they "often" feel lonely. The same report identified correlation between the child feeling negative about their physical health and feeling lonely.

In previous bulletins we have reported about the impact that the lockdown has had on mental health and incidents of domestic abuse. It is however important that we remember the impact of invisible barriers such as loneliness which can be exacerbated when "normal" routines are not possible, whilst not getting lulled into a false sense of security about a child's "connectedness".

Safeguarding Live

Throughout the pandemic we have been running weekly drop in DSL forums over zoom on a Wednesday afternoon for subscribing organisations. These have been well utilised as a forum for exploring the latest updates and sharing tips and approaches across providers. They are continuing to run, and we are currently working with attendees to consider what they might look like going forward.

If you want to know more see https://safeguarding.network/live - if you are a subscribing school sign in and you will see the details enabling you to join the next meeting.

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