A Fond Farewell to Jane Lake, Education Safeguarding Officer
Many of you will know and have benefitted from, the knowledge and experience that Jane has brought to the Safeguarding Team over the past decade. Jane has been tireless in assisting schools, other establishments and a variety of settings in keeping children safe. This has been through her strategic and operational work with colleagues in other agencies as well as the delivery of countless training sessions and safeguarding audits across Devon and beyond.
We are therefore very sorry to see Jane leave us for pastures new at Easter although I know that she is looking forward to a new challenge. Whilst Jane will be sorely missed Babcock's Safeguarding Team will continue to offer support and training for schools as we have always done and we plan to be back up to full strength for the start of the summer term.
I'm sure you will join us in wishing Jane all the very best for the future.
Beverley Dubash Safeguarding Lead for Education
Local Authority Updates
Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse
The next Devon DSVA (Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse) Alliance Event will be held on Wednesday 28th March 2018, 10.30 16.00, venue to be confirmed shortly.
The theme of this event will focus on the links between DSVA, Mental Health and Trauma, a more detailed agenda and further information will be sent in the New Year, but please make a note of this date and time in your calendars! No need to respond just yet.
Please find attached a DSVA newsletter which highlights some of the work that is happening around Devon to end domestic and sexual violence and abuse and provides you with an update on the progress since the last Alliance event in April.
Devon County Collective (DCC) LGBT+ Staff Network was proud to attend the 'Supporting Transgender and Gender Diverse Pupils Conference', #LostInTransition. The DCC LGBT+ staff network is mainly supported and facilitated by Devon County Council, but we welcome membership from those the council works in collaboration with and alongside, particularly teachers and schools support staff. We meet regularly as a network outside school hours and provide information/updates via email / social media. Sometimes setting up a staff network can be challenging if you are a small organisation and it can make more sense to join a larger network. If you or staff within your organisation are interested in joining DCC LGBT+, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
LGBT History Month takes place each February, read more here.
News from ScoMIS
'Children unprepared for social media 'cliff edge' as they start secondary school.' The Children's Commissioner for England warns in a new report!
Thank you to those schools that submitted their audit by the deadline of 31st December, if you are one of the remaining 67 schools that has still not submitted theirs please follow this link and complete as a matter of urgency.
There are still spaces at the following MASH seminars:
The seminars are held at The Coaver Club, County Hall from 2pm. If you are interested in attending any of these please email email@example.com
Keeping Children Safe in Education - consultation
The Department for Education invites your views on changes to the statutory guidance KCSiE and a new department non-statutory advice document covering sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges.
The consultation seeks views on revisions to KCSiE; to read full article.
National CSE Awareness Day
The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.
NWG are committed to the fight against CSE and supporting victims and their families who are subjected to child sexual exploitation. But they cannot succeed without the support of people like you.
Links to resources and articles
Child Protection in Education: Music - Training This may be of interest to pass on to peripatetic music teachers in your schools:
Developed by the Musicians' Union' this training provides an understanding of child abuse, how to recognise the signs, what action to take should anyone have any concerns and how to avoid situations which could lead to accusations of misconduct. CPD certified, and at level 2. www.educare.co.uk
Devon Young Carers
This pack is intended as a resource to enable schools to identify Young Carers and put in place the necessary systems to enable them to get the best from their education.
One Minute Guides For the latest One Minute Guides please visit our website.
Latest training courses and forums with Babcock Safeguarding Forums: 28th February, 7th March, 14th March. CP Initial L3 2 day course: 26th/27th February, 5th/6th March, 19th/20th March. CP Refresher L3 1 day course: 2nd March, 9th March, 12th March. For full details and to book a place please visit our CPD site.
If your school would like to book a L2 CP Raising Awareness session or to discuss a more bespoke package please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01392 287 223