Welcome to the early summer term edition of the Safeguarding Newsletter. The big news is that earlier this week the new Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 Guidance was published, to take effect from September 2018. We are busy poring over it so we can amend the model child protection policy for schools, which we will be doing next month, to ensure it complies with the new guidance. We will also soon be reviewing our child protection training courses so please contact Jane Dibble with any suggestions for how we can improve the current training all constructive feedback is welcome. In this newsletter we include some guidance from the NSPCC about changing for PE; something we are often asked about in terms of good practice, so I hope you find it useful. Finally, I think the main message that comes out of all the safeguarding reviews (audits) we undertake is that complacency is the enemy of good safeguarding practice. For example, have you checked that the latest CP policy is the one on the website/in the staff room? Are you sure you are using the latest SCR template? We would like to think that the annual S175 audit is a good opportunity to check these things, but we still find old policies, templates being used whilst out on our travels. Perhaps the most important question to ask yourselves is 'How do we know our children are safe?
Beverley Dubash Safeguarding Lead for Education
MASH enquiry research information
CSA Independent Inquiry
Data Protection for schools
Child Assault Prevention UK
DCFP CSA survey
One Minute Guides
CSE Social Media Library
DCFP late availability
Teen Translation Tool
Modern Slavery training resources
Harmful Sexual Behaviour in Schools
NSPCC best practice guidance
Alter Ego - 'Out of Counties' new play
UK Council for Child Internet Safety
MASH enquiry research information
For those schools in Devon that have a pre-school setting attached to them, it could be that on occasion you get more than one call from MASH agency researchers when you have children in both the pre-school and in reception year and above, this will happen when you and your safeguarding staff have oversight of both the school and the pre-school. This duplication is due to there being an Early Years research team and also a Babcock LDP research team, both teams having their own knowledge base pertaining to the age group that they are researching. If you do receive a duplicate call for the same family, please do let us know at the point of the second call, you will not have to repeat yourself if you have given information pertaining to all of the children to the first caller.
We apologise in advance should it be the case that you are receiving duplicate calls as we understand how precious your time is and do not want to add to your workload, however, as has been pointed out to us in the past by safeguarding staff in schools, it is safer to have 2 calls than none and we (Education in MASH) certainly won't be offended should you have already given your info to the Early Years team and vice versa.
IICSA Interim Report
The Independent Inquiry into CCSA has published its Interim Report, setting out the work of the Inquiry and progress. The report identifies our reluctance to discuss CSA openly and frankly and calls for this to be addressed. It identifies the lack of transparency by some leaders on failure of their institutions to protect children. Using specific contributions of victims and survivors, the report provides clear accounts of CSA and the profound and lifelong impact it has on them. The Chair and Panel have identified steps which they consider will better protect children and have made 18 new recommendations to government, the police and others.
The Department for Education (DfE)) has published a Data protection toolkit for schools to support schools with data protection activity, including compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The toolkit includes 9 steps to help schools develop policies and processes for data management, from collecting and handling the data through to the ability to respond quickly and appropriately to data breaches. The (DfE) is asking schools and other interested parties for feedback on the toolkit which will be used to improve and update the guidance. The deadline for comment is 01 June 2018.
PSHE Strategic Partners Briefing on PSHE and RSE
The Personal Social Health and Economic (PHSE) Association has published a shared briefing from a coalition of national partners - including FSRH, Brook and Sex Education Forum - outlining why RSE should form part of a broader statutory PSHE education. The briefing outlines a shared vision for PSHE education that supports children and young people to stay safe and healthy and prepares them for modern life. Read here.
Choose Respect for Anti-Bullying Week
Campaigners are urging children and schools to choose respect over bullying, as the theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2018 is announced by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, who coordinate the annual campaign.
Splitz have teamed up with North Devon Against Domestic Abuse (NDADA), Stop Abuse For Everyone (SAFE) and Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services (DRCSAS) to form the LEESAR Partnership. In doing this they are bringing together the expertise of four charities so that they are able to work together to enhance the offer for individuals and families experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence. This leaflet provides more details and contact information for professionals and service users.
DCFP Child Sexual Abuse Survey
Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) has been a priority for DCFP during 2017-2018 and the DCFP CSA Working Group have been looking at how we can improve outcomes for children who may be at risk of sexual abuse. We issued a similar staff survey in late 2016 and gained almost 900 responses from staff and professionals across Devon.
If you work in Devon, directly or indirectly with children, please would you complete our short survey, which will help us to benchmark the current level of understanding, inform learning needs and evidence impact.
Babcock Training Dates and the latest One Minute Guides
Please visit our CPD site for availability on our L3 Initial, L3 Refresher and Safer Recruitment courses. If you would like to book a whole school safeguarding update contact Louisa Rockey on 01392 287223 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There are now 15 One Minute Guides available on various safeguarding related subjects, with No 15 Modern Slavery, being the latest edition. These can all be downloaded from our website, they make excellent training tools for staff meetings, briefings and as part of new staff Induction Packs.
The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt:
tells Social Media firms to find a solution to age verification
asks the Chief Medical Officer to examine links between underage internet use, depression and anxiety. (The Mail on Sunday, 22nd April 2018)
Please find below a link to the Nottinghamshire Police website and a page which translates some of the common phrases used by children to communicate. This may be a useful tool to understand the content of messages exchanged, in particular where there are concerns of a child being exploited for any reason.
It's split into 3 sections:
Warning flags - phrases which imply they are involved in some activities which would be cause for concern.
Terms to keep an eye on - they might be slightly concerning but, in context, they're generally harmless.
Fun - these are terms which are just slang or abbreviations with no concerning connotations.
Some of the terms, acronyms and slang may not be new to you as they have appeared previously in guides published by the Lucy Faithful Foundation and other organisations.
Modern slavery often includes slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking. The impact can be devastating for the victims.
This resource is designed to share examples of training products available to public sector professionals and other individuals that might come across victims to help raise awareness, better spot the signs and increase confidence in reporting modern slavery when potential cases are encountered.
Harmful Sexual Behaviour in Schools
Follow the link to the Contextual Safeguarding Network's self-assessment tool and resources to use in assessing your school's response to harmful sexual behaviour.
The NSPCC have produced a useful guide for schools about changing for PE.
The NSPCC and O2's Net Aware site and app have been updated with all-new reviews from parents and young people. Yubo, Sarahah, Discord and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas are amongst the 14 new sites, apps and games that now feature on the site and app. Net Aware provides online safety information and advice on privacy settings and other features, as well as recommended age guidance and risk ratings for inappropriate content. Net Aware is a vital tool for parents or anyone working with children, who want to better understand what young people are doing online.
Alter Ego Theatre Company 'County Lines | Out in the Counties' With the issue of County Lines being front and centre in the media today we just wanted to take the opportunity to send out our info sheet for 'CountyLines | Out in the Counties'.
The play was developed in association with Norfolk Constabulary and piloted in the county to 10,000 young people in late 2017. It had great feedback and is now touring (and available for future tours) throughout the UK.
The aim of the piece was to raise awareness amongst young people of how County Lines can manifest out in regional/rural areas, to build resilience against being targeted and to sign-post help and advice. We are currently working with The Children's Society to develop a post-show resource for schools.
We are also working with a number of London boroughs to develop a 'CountyLines' project aimed at urban/city areas and how the issue manifests there. This new project will be available for touring in early 2019.
New UKCCIS framework 'Education for a Connected World'
To help you promote a better internet for the children and young people you work with, the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) Education Working Group, of which CEOP is a member, have produced a new framework for online safety called 'Education for a Connected World'. Click here to read more.