Hopefully you will all have seen our special communication on changes to the SCR template (prompted by changes in the statutory guidance), but in case you missed it, we've included the information in this newsletter. At this time of year I start reading the s175/157 audit returns (don't forget the deadline is 30 November) noting any issues or concerns being raised so that we can start thinking about any new training or support we could offer to address these. A couple of things have already come up which I want to mention; if you would like some training for your staff on Early Help you should contact your local Early Help Co-ordinator who should be happy to provide this for you. On the issue of child sexual abuse, if you want to book a member of staff on the multi-agency training then go on to the DCFP website for details of courses coming up. There has recently been a Learning Event for the practitioners involved as part of a Serious Case Review involving the serious (and criminal) neglect of two primary aged children. One of the safeguarding team attended the event and once the Serious Case Review has been published we will inform you of the learning from the case; we are already considering how we can improve our training and communications to schools about key documents, toolkits and processes without overwhelming you with information. Unfortunately, a few months ago a young boy in Lancashire died in a house fire whilst having a sleepover with a friend. We are in the process of preparing a leaflet (produced by Lancashire Fire & Rescue) for you to circulate to parents about the precautions they can take when agreeing to a sleepover. This should be ready for the next edition of the newsletter.
Beverley Dubash Safeguarding Lead for Education
Babcock 2019 Conference
New online resources from DCC
Mobile devices in schools
Devon & Cornwall Police - reporting of exploitation and crime
DCFP training courses
HO County Lines advice
RSE curriculum tool
Barnardo's CSA checklist
NSPCC Pants video for deaf children
Digital SchoolHouse survey
Funding for pupils affected by domestic abuse
Childline for under 12s new wesite
Single Central Record - update
The updated Single Central Record template dated November 2018 can now be downloaded from the safeguarding page of the Babcock website.
In making changes, it is intended that settings amend their current SCR to minimise any additional workload or the need to transfer information from our 2017 version. Where schools are not working to this version, clearly they should ensure that further changes are made in line with KCSiE Part 3 2018.
There are two changes within the new SCR 1. The first is removing the 'right to work in UK' columns within the volunteers tab as there is no requirement to check volunteers against this. ID is checked for DBS and should still be recorded. We advise that schools simply delete these columns from the volunteers tab on their existing format to ensure extra work is not created. 2. The second change is to the column previously titled 'Disqualification by Association.' On the new template you will see that we have changed the name to Disqualification Under the Childcare Act 2006 (updated 2018) and the notes behind the cell. We advise that schools simply do this to their current SCR rather than adding an additional column, but this is at the settings discretion.
The full SCR newletter update can be found on our website.
Local Safeguarding news
Survey for young LGBT people, their parents and professionals
X-Plore Youth Group provide safe spaces for young lesbian, gay, bi & trans (LGBT) people to meet in Devon. Today they have launched a Needs Assessment.
It is a short (nine question) anonymous survey for young LGBT people (and those who are questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity), their parents/carers and professionals who work with young people, to better understand needs.
The results will be used by X-Plore and shared with other agencies to help develop services and information.
New online 'Exploitation Resource' coming soon
DCC is in the process of creating a resource to ensure that all frontline professionals, irrespective of agency and specialism, acquire a minimum-level understanding of exploitation and hidden crime. It will provide clarity over safeguarding referral pathways, encourage the sharing of intelligence relating to exploitation and provide clarity over intelligence reporting pathways.
The Resource will initially focus upon four key areas of exploitation; County Lines, Modern Slavery, Sexual Exploitation and Radicalisation. This Resource will provide summary-level information for the purposes of increasing professionals' baseline knowledge. It does not supersede more comprehensive and specialist information sources. These should ideally be consulted alongside the Resource, especially if an individual is likely, in their professional capacity, to encounter repeated incidences of exploitation.
The Resource will contain the following elements:
Information about separate forms of exploitation.
Broader contextual information to increase professionals' understanding of exploitation.
An interactive referral flowchart. This will streamline, and provide clarity over, intelligence reporting and safeguarding referral pathways.
Support and advice for safeguarding referrals and intelligence reporting.
Links to further information, comprising detailed and specialist information about exploitation, safeguarding and intelligence gathering, and links to relevant websites.
The Resource will be easy to use and navigate, with interactive features. All information will be clear, succinct, and updated as required.
When the Resource is 'Live' we will put the link in this Newsletter
Message to schools regarding the use of mobile phones, cameras, iPads and PDAs
We have become aware recently that some contractors and staff from DCC's Devon Health and Safety Service are being asked to leave such technologies at Reception at the start of their visit. Click here for letter from Dawn Stabb.
New Online reporting form for CSE, Criminal Exploitation, County Lines and Modern Slavery
Devon and Cornwall Police have recently launched their new Partnership Intelligence Reporting Form, which can be accessed here
The form enables all partners to submit information and suspicions about crime and exploitation directly to Devon and Cornwall Police.
To view the latest news and courses available via the DCFP click here.
The UK Government is committed to making the UK the safest place in the world to be online by creating the Executive Board of the UK Council for Internet Safety - UKCIS (formerly the UK Council for Child Internet Safety). The Executive Board includes organisations such as the Children's Commissioner,Facebook, Google, Apple, the BBC, the Internet Watch Foundation and Childnet. To read the full Scomis update click here.
National Safeguarding news & resources
Sextortion As part of our support of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month a leading tech company has published a guide to help and adults and children protect themselves against this form of online abuse, which is becoming more common. Follow this link to their website and the article.
New County Lines guidance from the Home Office, September 2018 It covers: • What is county lines exploitation? • What is Child Criminal Exploitation • How does it affect young people and vulnerable adults? • Who is vulnerable to county lines exploitation? • Signs to look for • What to do if you are concerned (flowchart) Follow the link to the guidance.
County lines drugs gangs targeting excluded children A Home Office-commissioned report carried out by the St Giles Trust has revealed that a high proportion of children involved in county lines activity appear to be outside of mainstream education, with many in pupil referral units (PRUs) where they may be required to attend for only a few hours each week. County lines child criminal exploitation occurs when gangs use young people to traffic drugs or money between urban and rural areas. The report recommends mainstream schools and academies should be assessed on the "frequency and nature of exclusions" to give them an incentive to address the issue.
Curriculum Design Tool for RSE This tool has been created to support educators in designing developmental, spiral and comprehensive programmes of relationships and sex education (RSE) which start early in primary school and continue throughout secondary education and beyond. It contains some really useful info about age-related questions and knowledge for schools to have, linked to the Brook traffic light tool.
Barnardo's Checklist for schools using Child Sexual Abuse resources Barnardo's has produced a checklist that they suggest schools should refer to when considering what resources/training materials/films to use when structuring and delivering education sessions on child sexual abuse with children. At the end of the checklist is their internal position statement, which is worth a read.
The NSPCC's successful PANTs campaign is designed to allow parents to start easy conversations with their children without having to mention scary words like sex or abuse. It teaches them that their privates are private and that their body belongs to them.
The NSPCC has created a video in British Sign Language with subtitles and aim to teach deaf children about the Underwear Rule and encourages them to share secrets that upset them with a trusted adult.
Less than half of secondary school pupils would tell a teacher about online safety concerns An online safety survey by Digital Schoolhouse has revealed that just 40 per cent of the over 2,000 primary and secondary school pupils surveyed would feel comfortable confiding in a teacher, or other member of staff if something had happened online that concerned them. The survey also revealed that 30 per cent of pupils felt that school online safety education has little or no relevance to their use of technology outside of school.
Modern slavery training: resource page (09/10/18) The Government has published a new document covering training and awareness raising resources available to public sector organisations to help their staff understand modern slavery and learn to spot the signs. It includes a link to the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's General Resources webpage
New Childline website for under 12s Childline has launched a website aimed at children under 12 which provides age appropriate content on topics including bullying, family, friends, feelings, school, abuse and staying safe. It also includes games and therapeutic tools for young visitors to play and express how they are feeling. It will be promoted through the NSPCC's Speak out Stay safe programme. https://www.childline.org.uk/kids
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