It's hard to believe that we're already at the end of the first half term of the new academic year. Hopefully, most of you will already have started completing this year's s175/157 audit for return to us by the end of November. If not, then please follow the link in the newsletter to get started.
I'm delighted to announce that we have recruited a second Education Safeguarding Officer, Lara Stead, to our team. Lara will be managing our MASH support and will be joining Jon Galling and Jane Dibble in delivering training and undertaking safeguarding reviews. Unfortunately, we are still coming across schools where safeguarding practice and procedures are ineffective, examples this term include children leaving the school site unnoticed, the Single Central Record incomplete and staff being recruited without proper safeguarding checks (DBS and/or references) being made.
Once again we have selected the pick of the best resources out there to help you to keep the children in your school safe. I hope you find them useful.
Beverley Dubash Safeguarding Lead for Education
What is the Safeguarding Audit data used for.
Early Help nomination form.
Training dates from LDP & DCFP
SCR & DBS - new course.
FREE PHSE training.
References for Governors and volunteers.
One Minute Guides.
NSPCC 'Speak Out, Stay Safe'
CSE resources and advice.
Safeguarding in Education s175/157 Self Evaluation Audit
Thank you to those schools that have already submitted their audits.
If you are one of the schools yet to start your audit it can be completed online 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've 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
What is the Safeguarding Audit used for?
It is used to provide assurance to the Head of Education, and the wider DCFP, that all schools and settings in Devon are meeting their statutory responsibilities under s175/157 and are keeping children safe. It is also used to check/monitor whether schools are meeting other non-statutory but important safeguarding responsibilities e.g. making a full contribution to Early Help, contributing to the DSVA strategy etc. It enables schools to use the audit as the basis for considering what actions they need to take to improve practice and can be the basis of their annual report to their own Governing Body/Board of Trustees.
An annual s175/157report, based on the returns, is shared with the Education Advisory Group (a sub group of the DCFP) and the Quality Assurance Group of the DCFP. Last year's annual report can be found here.
Local Safeguarding news
Following the recent Early Help Improvement Board meeting we are circulating the Nomination Form and Guidance. The form is for all agencies where it is felt that a particular family, whom they have worked with, meets the criteria for the National Troubled Families programme.
We are aware that in the last few months there have been a two incidents where an adult has entered a school grounds without a reason to be there. On each occasion, the setting has had systems in place where staff have challenged these individuals and the police have been called to assist. While such incidents are rare, it would seem sensible for school leaders to consider their site security and risk assess accordingly taking actions required where risks are identified. Equally, schools would be wise to ensure that systems are in place to identify staff and visitors (often lanyards or similar) and ensure that children and staff know these expectations and challenge appropriately. Equally, visitors are clearly directed to reception and sign-in visitor expectations are clarified.
SAFEGUARDING TRAINING DATES
To view LDP courses visit our CPDwebsite or to view courses on offer via the DCFP click here.
If you wish to update your L3 by using the Babcock LDP Points system please read the attached.
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:
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.
Verifying the identity of callers
Schools, like others have been required to reflect on their data protection practices and procedures through the GDPR update. We therefore remind schools that they are particularly vulnerable to sharing information by phone, often through the school office without verifying who the caller is and the purpose for such a request.
We advise school leaders ensure that when contacted by any external source, they have consistent measures in place to verify the identity of the person seeking information and if needed, seek further information to achieve this.
FREE PHSE/RSE Training for secondary schools
The attached flyer contains details of free training being rolled out across Devon for secondary schools which will help to equip you to deliver the new RSE requirements.
National Safeguarding news & resources
References for Governors and Volunteers
Many schools and colleges seek references for volunteers (of which governors fall under). This makes perfect sense as we are told in KCSiE 2018 Part 3 that this is an expectation for school employees as part of a raft of pre-employment checks. This is to do all we can to ensure adults are suitable to work with children.
There is however no such expectations within KCSiE or within current governor regulations, for volunteers to have references taken. While this may be good practice, it is not an expectation. To reassure you, a great number of schools over many years have been inspected by Ofsted and have not been 'challenged' or placed in a category for failing to do this check. However, a DBS check for a volunteer who falls within the definition for Regulated Activity is an expectation and is clarified within KCSiE.
The purpose of a reference for an employee is to check on their suitability for the post, including their suitability to work with children and if there have been any concerns held about them by their current employer and any before them.
In seeking references for volunteers, schools and colleges need to consider who such a reference may be from. A next door neighbour, friend or charity worker who have possibly never seem them with children might for some volunteers be a common referee. While seeking a reference can be seen as a further deterrent (as is the reason why we publicise an enhanced DBS will be requested when advertising a job) if the volunteer can choose a less 'official' referee, the usefulness of this reference may be limited.
We therefore advise that school leaders and governors carefully consider the value of seeking references for volunteers and ensure that their policy reflects and clarifies this expectation
One Minute Guides These latest additions are available to download from our website:
No 14 Peer on Peer Abuse No 15 Modern Slavery No 16 Disguised Compliance No 17 Contextual Safeguarding
Primary schools urged to sign up for NSPCC 'Speak out. Stay safe.' visit to keep children safe from harm.
The programme, which is delivered by specially trained NSPCC staff and volunteers, is designed to encourage children to seek help if they feel at risk or in danger.
A short film supporting the NSPCCs 'Every Day' campaign can be viewed and downloaded here for use across your channels.
CSE - resources and articles
The University of Bedfordshire have launched a new resource comic postcards with 10 key principles of working with young people affected by CSE; https://www.alexiproject.org.uk/participation/cse-principles-comics
The STAR toolkit has advice and activities to look at online safety with young people with autistic spectrum disorders; http://www.childnet.com/resources/star-toolkit
New CEOP resources focus on livestreaming for primary and secondary age children; https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/professionals/resources/live-streaming/
Keep them safe: an interactive CSE learning tool for parents; http://paceuk.info/training/keep-them-safe/