Welcome to the first Safeguarding Newsletter of 2019. I would like to thank all of you who have returned the s175/157 annual audit. We are currently chasing the 35 schools/settings which have not yet sent in the audit. At the first round of Safeguarding Forums at the end of January and early February I will be presenting an overview of the responses and what these mean in terms of where me and my Safeguarding Team will be focussing our efforts in the coming year. A written report will be prepared once we have all the audits returned, so if you are one of the 35 schools please complete and return as soon as possible.
Just before Christmas I was invited to attend a meeting of the Children's Scrutiny Working Group currently looking at Sex & Relationships Education in Devon schools. One of their areas of interest is how the needs of LGBT+ children are being met within SRE and the responses to the questions posed in the audit were invaluable in terms of me being able to provide an overview of how schools are currently addressing this. Their report is due to go to the full Committee in March 2019 with their conclusions and recommendations, which hopefully I can include in a future newsletter.
Following the resoundingly positive feedback for our first safeguarding for administrators course, we are planning to run three safeguarding forums for administrators in the spring term. These will be suitable for experienced administrators and those new to the role. Details can be found below. As ever, please let me know if you would like any particular aspect of safeguarding covered in a One Minute Guide and we'll do our best to produce it for you. They can all be found on the safeguarding pages of our website.
Beverley Dubash Safeguarding Lead for Education
References for Governors and Volunteers
CiC Awards 2019
FREE Training - Gang Culture
Operation Encompass - training
One Minute Guides
New course for Administrators
DCFP quick guides
SW CP Procedure update
Partner Agency - info sharing
Learning from past mistakes
Suicide Awareness resources
School premises - controlling access
Statutory guidance - FGM
Posters - forced marriage
Good Childhood report
NSPCC How Safe are our Children
Safer Internet Day
Over the years our Safeguarding Forums have become increasingly popular and, as a result, we often have a reserve list of people wishing to attend. Unfortunately, we are finding that at each Forum we usually end up with spare places that we could have allocated, due to non-attenders on the day. For this reason, from 1 April 2019 we are introducing a cancellation charge for people who don't cancel their place within our Terms & Conditions (which can be found on the Babcock LDP website). We hope this will encourage people who have booked a place to cancel in advance if necessary (in which case we can offer the place to someone on the reserve list), or send someone in their place. That person will need to notify the CPD team so that they can be allocated the place; otherwise they will be unable to access any documents linked to the content of the Forum.
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.
The Home Office has published a statistical bulletin on individuals referred through the Prevent programme between April 2017 and March 2018. It's worth a quick scan as there are a number of graphs and pie charts showing the trends. Nationally, as in Devon, the vast majority of those referred are males under 20 years of age. Depending on the part of the country, the referrals are either predominantly related to radical Islamist views or extreme right wing ideology. Education are responsible for the largest proportion of referrals into the Channel process. Follow the link here
The Home Office has also released a range of new e-learning packages as follows:
Prevent referrals: This is for those who have already completed e-learning and/or WRAP training and for those who have to decide whether to refer into Channel. Prevent Referrals
Channel: For those who may be asked to contribute to, or sit on, a Channel Panel. Channel Awareness
Prevent awareness elearning: This has been recently refreshed and is suitable for all staff. eLearning Prevent
Prevent Knowledge Hub: This has been set up to enable professionals to exchange good practice and access a range of supporting material. To register: www.khub.net/group/prevent1
CiC Awards 2019
On Friday 8 March 2019 at St James School, Exeter, DCC will be holding their annual event to celebrate the achievements of Devon's Children & Young People in Care and Care Leavers. The evening includes hot/cold buffet food, entertainment for children and young people and a presentation ceremony. This event is to recognise and say 'well done' for real achievement for individual Children and Young People. For full details and how to nominate please see the attached.
Local Safeguarding news
Free training Emerging Gang Culture save the date
During December 2018, Torbay and South Devon successfully bid for funding through the Home Office Early Intervention Youth Fund (EIYF) in relation to violence and emerging gang culture behaviour amongst young people across the county.
Part of the successful bid was to complete Professionals Training in partnership with St Giles Trust SOS + a multiple award-winning service offering intensive support to vulnerable young people to help those involved in the Criminal Justice System and carry out preventative work with those at risk. They work specifically with young people exposed to, or at risk of violence, vulnerability, exploitation and gangs, using selected professionally trained individuals from similar backgrounds. Click here for more information.
OPERATION ENCOMPASS BRIEFING FOR KEY ADULTS
Date : 31st January 2019 Venue: Pentillie Castle, St Mellion, Saltash ,Cornwall PL12 6QD Registration from : 9.30am Start Time : 10.00am Finish Time : 12.15pm
If the member of staff who was trained by Operation Encompass has left your school you will need to send a new member of staff on the training, otherwise your school will be removed from the list of schools the police will contact following a domestic violence incident. The training is transferable, so staff who move schools but have previously received the training, can be one of the Key Contacts in their new school.
To book a place please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New One Minute Guide
No 18 Disqualification Under the Childcare Act can now be found on our website.
Additional date: CP L3 Initial Course 7th/8th February at Woodbury Park Hotel £180 + VAT visit our CPD site to book
**New Course for Administrators**
Safeguarding Forums for Administrators, available to book soon via our website.
Sleepover advice from Devon & Somerset Fire Service
A useful leaflet to put in your school newsletter and on your website.
If your child is invited to a sleepover you will want them to be safe - both in general and in the event of a fire. So before you agree here are some things that might help.
Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
Follow the link to find out more about the service and how to get advice and refer children and young people who are, or have been , the victim of sexual abuse.
Multi-Agency Child Sexual Abuse - DCFP training The next available course is on 21 January in Heathfield, near Newton Abbot. To book a place please go to the DCFP website.
DCFP Quick Guides The DCFP has recently published two quick guides to help you understand both your role but also those of other professionals. When the new DCFP is up and running these can also be found on their website.
SCOMIS For the latest news regarding screen time for children please see recent guidance from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) recommending specific limits on screen time.
The South West Child Protection Procedures Manual has been updated and can be accessed at: https://www.proceduresonline.com/swcpp/
Partner Agency Information Sharing The new information sharing portal is an easily accessible way for our Partners to share information about Vulnerability and Crime. Please find links and guidance attached.
National Safeguarding news & resources
Criminal exploitation and 'county lines': learn from past mistakes The thematic report, published in November 2018, from inspectorates Ofsted, HMI Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS), the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and HMI Probation, calls on agencies not to underestimate the risk of child criminal exploitation in their areas Summary: • lessons must be learned from past sexual exploitation cases • all children, not just the most vulnerable, are at risk of criminal exploitation • agencies should not underestimate the risk of criminal exploitation in their areas • children should be seen as victims, not perpetrators Follow the link to read the report, which is published as an addendum to the 2016 Report 'Time to Listen'. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/joint-inspections-of-child-sexual-exploitation-and-missing-children
Suicide Awareness Video Talking to someone who is having suicidal thoughts can be a daunting and worrying prospect. However, all research shows that talking to a person who is feeling suicidal is really important; but knowing how to approach this is what often stops us from taking action. We have seen a big increase in young people expressing suicidal ideation this year and we know that young people often talk to their tutors, teachers and support staff before they get to a more specialist support service. We have therefore been looking for a simple and clear training package to help staff with these types of situations and we are sharing a free short (20 mins) training resource we have found, which we feel is helpful.
Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM) The Department for Education, the Department of Health and Social Care, and the Home Office have updated the multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation. Further information: Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation
Forced marriage - You have the right to choose: posters Posters, available in English, Arabic, Somali, Urdu and Welsh, to support the government's work to deal with forced marriages.
The Children's Society's Good Childhood Report 2018 The Good Childhood Report 2018, produced in partnership with the University of York, is the seventh in a series of annual reports published by The Children's Society about how children in the UK feel about their lives.
NSPCC: How safe are our children? NSPCC's annual report compiles and analyses data from across the UK to show the current child protection landscape.
Safer Internet Day To help schools, youth groups, police services, libraries and wider run activities for Safer Internet Day, we have created Education Packs, with complementary videos out now. These are tailored for 3-7s, 7-11s, 11-14s, 14-18s and parents and carers, along with some guidance for educators