Welcome to the first summer term edition of the newsletter. I want to say 'thank you' to everyone for contributing to a 100% return from last year's s175 Safeguarding Audit. We're currently in the process of putting together this year's audit which will be sent out to schools, colleges and settings during the first half of September. I've also been writing the s175 annual report for the DCFP and which is included in this newsletter. My main message is that the evidence from your responses demonstrates that in the seven years that we have circulated the audit on behalf of Devon CC, it is clear that safeguarding practice in schools has improved significantly and that the overwhelming majority of schools, colleges and settings are doing really good work to keep children and young people safe despite the withdrawal or shrinkage of so may support services, due to funding cuts which of course are also impacting on school budgets. The other message I think comes from the returns is 'Don't forget your volunteers and Governors/Trustees' when it comes to induction, training and sharing information/knowledge about the services and support that's out there. As always, if the document is going to be useful to your school it's important that it's both accurate and honest about any aspect of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children that you feel requires some improvement. If you want some help or support to improve please contact us either directly or through Louisa.Rockey@Babcockinternational.com Finally, watch this space for information on the new Adolescent Safety Framework being launched by the DCFP in September 2019.
Beverley Dubash Safeguarding Lead for Education Head of Safeguarding & Vulnerable Groups, Babcock LDP
2018 Audit Report to DCFP
Early Help Roadshows
Zero Tolerance to Hate Crime
GDPR 1 Year on
GDPR staff leaflet
SW CP Manual update
New & Revised One Minute Guides
Guidance leaflet for parents
Medical Examinations for concerns about CSA
RSHE register as an early adopter
ThinkUknow image sharing
2018 Schools Audit Report
To read the annual report to the DCFP as mentioned in the introduction click here.
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Zero Tolerance to Hate Crime campaign
**Notice to All Safeguarding Leads**
Devon and Cornwall Police, Diverse Communities Team for Devon would like to remind you to sign up to the pledge supporting the Zero Tolerance To Hate Crime campaign, found on the Devon and Cornwall Police Website. You will be able to find resources on this site for teachers and a paper game for the children too.
GDPR 1 YEAR ON
The new data protection legislation came into effect in May 2018. The introduction of GDPR was a big challenge for all schools - and still is for some! All schools hold sensitive information about children (not to mention staff and parents too) and it's every school's job to safeguard that data, the school's reputation and to make the link between data protection and child protection in order to raise awareness and engagement amongst staff. Every school collects and holds information about children's services interactions, free school meal status, pupil premium eligibility, elements of special educational need information, safeguarding information and behaviour information. The DfE considers it best practice that when considering data protection, this information is treated with the same "high status" as the special categories set out in the GDPR. The DfE have provided Safeguarding Myth-Busting in their data protection toolkit for schools, an extract of which can be read here.
GDPR Staff training leaflet
The Schools Hub website has published a really simple, but useful staff training leaflet for schools explaining the general principles of GDPR and a couple of common examples where schools might need to change their practice in order to comply with the strengthened regulations.
The South West Child Protection Procedures Manual
The Manual has been updated and be accessed here, please inform colleagues they can register to be alerted for updates.
ONE MINUTE GUIDE
No 6 Transfer of Child Protection and Safeguarding Files click here.
Safeguarding leaflet for Parents Primary School Children Model leaflet template for you to give to parents to help them to help their children stay safe online and when out with friends.
National Safeguarding news & resources
The DfE has launched a consultation on establishing a local authority registration system for children in England who are electively home educated. The consultation closes on 24 June 2019. Alongside the consultation the DfE has also published its response to last year's consultation on elective home education and updated guidance for local authorities' and parents.
The Role and Scope of Medical Examinations for Concerns About Child Sexual Abuse
The National Working Group on CSE published the item below in their recent newsletter, with the short films explaining to practitioners how medical examinations can help to identify whether or not child sexual abuse is happening.
The CSA Centre has released a report and short film on the role and scope of medical examinations for concerns about child s*xual abuse. Find out more and download the report here. Watch the CSA Centre's new evidence-informed resource for frontline practitioners explaining the medical examination that takes place when there is a disclosure or suspicion of child sexual abuse. This report outlines the evidence on how medical examinations can support disclosure or confirm suspicions of CSA and the broader health and wellbeing benefits.
Relationships and s*x education in England
In April the Department for Education (DfE) published answers to frequently asked questions on the new relationships education and relationships and sex education which will be compulsory in England from 2020. The FAQs, which answer possible questions from parents and carers, clarify the differences between the primary and secondary education programmes and set out regulations surrounding parents' right to withdraw their child from these lessons. These FAQs might be useful for schools to use with parents, to allay any concerns about the nature and content of the new curriculum. If you go on to the DfE website and search for RSE FAQs you will find the document.
Online challenges advice for schools on how to respond
The UK Safer Internet Centre (based in Exeter) has published a blog providing advice for schools on responding to online challenges. It gives eight tips for schools when concerned about the potential impact of online challenges (such as the Ice Bucket challenge) and provides some resources for teachers to use with all age groups, to promote critical thinking in children when viewing online content.
RSHE Register as an early adopter: Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education From September 2020, subject to parliamentary approval, the following subjects will become compulsory:
Relationships Education for primary schools
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) for secondary schools