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Dear Colleague
Welcome to our first edition of the new school year. While you have all been enjoying the lovely weather we have been busy writing new One Minute Guides and pulling together all the best bits of new guidance, research and resources into this first newsletter. In addition, we have been updating all our training to ensure that it is bang up to date and even better in terms of equipping DSLs and staff in schools to discharge their safeguarding responsibilities effectively. More information on this will be in the next newsletter. We are also launching a new and improved safeguarding review (audit) tool to make it even more relevant to schools wishing to improve their safeguarding practice. Finally, we are in the process of recruiting a second Education Safeguarding Officer, with detailed knowledge and experience of SEND, to add to our width and breadth of experience within the team.

Of course, the key activity at this time of year is completion of the s175/157 audit. In response to feedback and to new issues emerging there are some changes this year we will still be using Smart Survey, which the overwhelming majority of you prefer, but we have significantly reduced the number of questions in this year's audit. The reason for this is that we have taken out questions where either we did very little with the information or where we can find out the information from other sources. We welcome your feedback on this – is this year's as useful to you in terms of reporting to the Governing Body or equivalent? There are three discrete 'issues' we are covering this year – child sexual abuse, LGBT+ support and Early Help. Your responses to these will help determine DCC policy, practice and support so please respond as accurately as you can. As the audit is significantly shorter (and because we spend so long chasing the last 20% of returns), the new deadline this year is 30 November 2018. Please do make every effort to return the audit by this date.

Beverley Dubash
Safeguarding Lead for Education
  • KCSiE new guidance
  • KCSiE administrators course
  • 2018 s175/157 Safeguarding Audit
  • Ofsted visits
  • Graded Core Profile training for DSLs
  • Latest One Minute Guides
  • L2 CP course spaces available
  • DCFP training courses
  • NEW Operation Encompass dates
  • Working Together July 18
  • NSPCC Annual report
  • RSE guidance for consultation
  • DfE Data Protection toolkit
  • Commonly used terms
  • The Toxic Trio
  • Health services in Devon
  • Bullying among GRT
  • New Early Help leaflet
  • Think U Know update
  • ParentsProtect - website
  • Four year olds to be taught about online abuse
  • Supporting bisexual YP in secondary schools
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018
The Department for Education (DfE) statutory guidance for schools and colleges in England came into force on 3 September 2018. The guidance includes: changes to information for all staff; the management of safeguarding; and a new section covering child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment. Annex H of the guidance provides a table of all changes.
KCSiE 2018
NSPCC briefing notes

Keeping Children Safe in Education: Part 3 Updates Briefing
***New Course***
An ideal course for School Administrators, Business Managers and Senior Leaders who have a role in: 
  • Pre-employment check
  • DBS
  • Single Central Record
Phil Barrett, Team Leader Safer Recruitment Service at DCC will talk about the 2018 KCSiE Part 3 and explain the changes as well as their possible impact on schools and settings.  For more information and to book a place please visit CPD online.
Local Safeguarding Updates
Safeguarding in Education s175/157 Self Evaluation Audit
The 2018 s175/157 audit is now available for completion by following this link.  Please ensure you enter your email address correctly when selecting the 'save and continue' option as you will receive an email containing a link which will take you to your survey that you started. I have also attached a copy of the questions contained in the audit, this might help you gather the information prior to completing online.
Preparation for Ofsted visits

This half day event is an opportunity for school leaders, governors and those with a significant role in safeguarding to work together, identify, reflect and plan in order to demonstrate effective safeguarding practice during inspection.  

Course objectives:
  • Reassurance that your school systems in place are fit for purpose
  • An opportunity to plan with others from your setting what needs to be put in place
  • Suggestions on how and what evidence can be collated and ready in advance
  • Regular opportunities to work with others from your school, federation, MAT or share good practice and ideas and suggestions 
For more information and to book a place please visit CPD online.
Graded Care Profile training for DSLs
This is an evidence-based assessment tool that can be used by all agencies and professionals to help identify neglect and highlight where support is needed. 

It is intended that all relevant practitioners and managers, across the partnership, will attend a half-day training session so that you are formally licensed to access and use Graded Care Profile 2 materials. These half-day sessions are taking place in each locality and will be attended by a range of partners.
You can book here: Graded Care Profile Training Page

If you have any feedback or questions on the roll-out of Graded Care Profile 2 then get in touch with the Devon Children and Families Partnership Office  
L2 Child Protection Course

We are running a L2 Child Protection course on Wednesday 26th September
from 10 -12pm at St James School, Exeter.

This would be an ideal time to mop-up those few staff members who missed your inset CP briefings. To book on please visit our CPD online

Training courses and dates from Devon Children and Families Partnership

Follow this link to view the latest courses and availability on offer from the DCFP, you will also find the July 2018 edition of the Devon Safeguarding Children Magazine.
NEW Operation Encompass training dates:

17th October 2018 at Gypsy Hill Hotel Exeter.

10th October 2018 at Pentillie Castle Saltash.

Registration from 09.30.m. The briefing will start promptly at 10.00 am and conclude around 12:15pm

Anyone wishing to attend a briefing needs to send their name and school details to

More details can be found at
National Safeguarding Updates
New 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' July 2018 

The long awaited statutory guidance was published in July. If you go to the NSPCC website  you will find a six page document outlining the changes from the 2015 document.  I have also put together a one page document highlighting the changes of most interest and new sections that have been added.

How safe are our children? NSPCC Annual report 2018

The NSPCC has published its annual report which uses 20 different indicators to understand the extent of abuse and neglect in the UK.  If you don't have time to read the whole document then I recommend that you read the first section on online abuse, which contains some fairly alarming data about the prevalence of online abuse and/or the attached document in which I have summarised the key messages in one side of A4.

RSE guidance for consultation

DfE has published the draft statutory guidance on relationships education, relationships and sex education, and health education. The consultation will last 12 weeks beyond the summer break, so schools have plenty of time to respond.
Here is a link to the guidance:                                                        
The announcement confirms that statutory status will now begin in 2020 to give schools a full year to prepare. 
Updated Data Protection Toolkit for Schools
The DfE has updated it's guidance for schools and on Page 96 there is a myth busting section on data protection and safeguarding.
Follow the link to read more.


Commonly used terms - reminder

County Lines
County Lines/Child Criminal Exploitation has best been described in the Serious Violence Strategy, released by the Home Secretary in April 2018.
County lines is a term used to describe gangs and organised criminal networks involved in exporting illegal drugs into one or more importing areas [within the UK], using dedicated mobile phone lines or other form of "deal line". They are likely to exploit children and vulnerable adults to move [and store] the drugs and money and they will often use coercion, intimidation, violence (including sexual violence) and weapons.
You will notice that this definition makes no reference to previously delivered information that states this dealing is from 'urban' to 'county towns'. 

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is the term used to describe stressful or traumatic experiences and can include abuse and neglect through to environmental factors, such as parental separation or living in a household where there is exposure to domestic violence, mental illness, alcohol abuse, drug use or incarceration. 
ACEs can therefore have a detrimental impact on childhood development and later life outcomes. Children who are exposed to four or more ACEs are more likely to develop harmful behaviours, experience social issues and have poor mental and physical health. This in turn, can increase vulnerability and lead to children and young people being targeted for exploitation by street gangs and those involved in organised crime. 
The Toxic Trio
New analysis has been published by the Children's Commissioner estimating that at least 420,000 children in England live in households where the 'toxic trio' of domestic abuse, parental substance misuse and mental illness is present to a 'moderate' or 'severe' extent. 

A new report 'Are they shouting because of me?' July 2018 published by the office of the Children's Commissioner, highlights the experiences of children living in toxic trio households and includes a section on school.

Links to resources and articles
Useful contacts/information relating to various health services available in Devon

Follow the link to find your local services/key contacts, together with a brief summary of some of these services. Whilst key personnel will change over time there are also some generic e-mail addresses which you may find helpful.
  • Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children and young people experience high levels of bullying and exclusion in schools. The Anti-Bullying Alliance has brought together resources on tackling the problem
  • The Anti-Bullying Alliance has created new resources on peer support, including: different types of anti-bullying peer support schemes and key things to consider when setting up your scheme
  • Anti-Bullying Week With the support of the Royal Foundation, Anti-Bullying Week will hold its first ever Stop Speak Support Day on Thursday 15 Nov, highlighting the issue of cyberbullying. The initiative is one part of a week of activities encouraging children and young people to 'choose respect'

Early Help

Pathway Concerns for a Child - flowchart

New! Early Help leaflet

We're delighted to say that Band Runner – our fun new runner-style game for 8-10 year olds – is now live on the Thinkuknow website.

Website for parents – child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation  is an information  and resources website which aims to raise awareness about child sexual abuse, child sexual exploitation, answer questions and give adults the information, advice, support and facts they need to help protect children. It is run by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, supported by the Home Office.
Why not add this to the school website and include it in your next school newsletter for parents. It includes a useful guide for parents on how to keep their children safe online.
Children from the age of four are to be taught about the risks of online abuse as part of a plan by police to counter the rise in child sex crimes over the internet. The National Crime Agency will launch its first teaching pack this autumn for children aged four to seven, warning them not to share pictures, reveal personal details or go online without telling an adult. 

Supporting bisexual young people in secondary schools 

Stonewall has published guidance for secondary schools providing insight into the experiences of bisexual young people in schools and highlighting issues that bisexual people of all ages face. The guidance includes: definitions of terms including biphobia and bi-erasure; ways in which schools can tackle these issues as part of their wider work on LGBT inclusion; and practical tips on training school staff, to talking about bi issues with students, and building an inclusive school environment.
Source: Stonewall Date: 08 May 2018
Further information: Celebrating bi inclusion in secondary schools (PDF)
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