Welcome to the first of the summer term Safeguarding Newsletters. We've included items on some of the key current safeguarding issues gangs and knife crime as well as on topics you mentioned in your feedback in the s175 audit as wanting more information about. Speaking of which, I have just completed the first draft of the Annual Report which goes to the DCFP Education Advisory Group (chaired by Dawn Stabb) and the Quality Assurance Group (chaired by Darryl Freeman, Head of Children's Social Care) having secured a 100% return. A final version will be included in the next newsletter. To write the report, me and Lara Stead, Education Safeguarding Officer, shared the task of reading all 374 responses including all your comments and feedback. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on how well 'the system' is working (or not, as the case may be) which are included as an Appendix to the report (anonymised) and shared with senior managers in Education and Social Care. We also note your comments on the audit process but unfortunately we can't please everybody all of the time so whilst we can't promise to deliver on every request we do try to ensure that the audit process is as straightforward as possible without it losing its usefulness as a tool for you to review safeguarding practice and processes in your school(s), colleges and settings. Finally, thank you for your positive comments about the support the Babcock LDP safeguarding team provides; we continually strive to offer the best possible service to Devon schools so we do appreciate your kind words. As always though, any suggestions for how we can improve are always very welcome.
Beverley Dubash Safeguarding Lead for Education Head of Safeguarding & Vulnerable Groups, Babcock LDP
Contents: Early Help roadshows Prevent training FREE Diana Award training Changes to L3 points system LDP course availability National safeguarding practice review NSPCC Helpline DCFP newsletter and courses Stop loan sharks Supporting transgender children Happy maps One Minute Guides Scomis newsletter
Knife crime Let children know you're listening Fabricated or induced illness RSE guidance for schools FGM: the facts Keepings kids safe Online safety resources for 4-7 yr olds Internet Matters - vulnerable children Compulsory health education Resources for children with learning difficulties Online sexual harrassment
Early Help Roadshows Provisional Dates
A new round of half day Early Help Roadshows are currently being planned for June and July at venues around the County. Many of you, in your s175 return, were unclear about Early Help processes or services you can access to support children and their families so I would encourage you to attend one of these events. Details on how to book a place will follow. The provisional dates are as follows:
Monday 24 June a.m. Tuesday 25 June a.m. Tuesday 2 July a.m. and p.m. Wednesday 3 July p.m. and twilight
The Home Office recently circulated the following information regarding WRAP training:
We are writing to let you know that from 31st March 2019 the Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP) training services will be decommissioned. This will not affect the current eLearning packages and the current links will continue to be accessible. We are in the process of procuring a new supplier to support the delivery of the Prevent training strategy over the next three years. Our priority is to provide a new suite of training resources to replace WRAP. We will update you as to the progress of a WRAP replacement over the next few months. FAQs The current eLearning packages will continue to be accessible post April 2019. These are available here:
Free Diana Award Anti-Bullying training for schools
At a recent Babcock LDP Social Media Master Class a number of delegates expressed interest in receiving this training for their schools. Follow the link to find out more.
Changes to the L3 Child Protection Refresher Points System
From the start of the 2019/20 academic year Babcock will not be continuing with the administration of the L3 Child Protection Refresher Points System. We have decided to cease monitoring as more schools are taking part in a variety of training courses from other providers of which we are unable to verify the content or quality assure.
The following courses still have spaces available:
CP Initial 2/3rd May at Buckfast Abbey
CP Initial 22/23rd May at Woodbury Park
CP Refresher 5th June at Hilton Exeter Airport
Safeguarding Conference 27th June at Sandy Park
To book a place on any of the above or view more courses please visit our CPD site
Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel: first national review
The first ever national child safeguarding practice review has been announced. The review will consider adolescents in need of state protection from criminal exploitation. To read further details about the review including:
draft terms of reference
details of panel members carrying it out (the former Independent Chair of the DSCB, Mark Gurrey, is a member)
We provide adults with advice, guidance and support, and can take action on their behalf if they have concerns about a child who is either being abused or is at risk of abuse. The Helpline operates Monday to Friday 8am 10pm and 9am 6pm at the weekends. The Helpline can be contacted by email or online reporting form 24/7. With advice and information that can be offered in English, Welsh and Asian languages, including Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu. Our trained practitioners provide advice, guidance and support, and can take action on behalf of a child being abused or at risk of abuse.
Click here for full contact details including email addresses and telephone numbers.
To view availability of courses with the DCFP visit the website at: https://www.dcfp.org.uk/events/
Stop Loan Sharks
The National Trading Standards Illegal Money Lending Team recently provided training for practitioners in Devon working with vulnerable adults and children. Last year Devon had the second highest number of convictions nationally for illegal money lending. You may think this only affects adults but 47% of victims have children under the age of 18 and loan sharks are also targeting 14-18 year olds. It can be a means of making these young people more vulnerable to County Lines activity (as a means of paying off some of the debt). In one Devon case cited, the loan shark took all except £40 from a family with a monthly income of just over £1500. 66% of victims face difficulties affording essentials such as food, fuel, rent etc.
What can schools do? Adopt an attitude of professional curiosity if you suspect that a young person and or their family are the victims of a loan shark and report any concerns confidentially to: The National Hotline on 0300 555 222 Website: www.stoploansharks.co.uk email@example.com
Supporting Transgender Children
Some schools have found this guide, published by Action for Children, as a good starting point for understanding the issues and how best to address them. There is no legal requirement to have a specific Transgender policy, although schools must ensure that they are meeting their obligations under the Equalities Act.
Happymaps press release
New website for parents on children's mental health problems launched! Funded by Health Education England, HappyMaps is designed to help parents find useful resources on behaviour and mental health for their children - from babies to young adults.
This is for parents whose children don't meet the specialist referral thresholds or are perhaps on the waiting list .There is good general information (national) and also local information on counselling, charities, local CAMHS and parenting groups for the SouthWest.
National Safeguarding news & resources
New One Minute Guides have been added to our website on the following topics:
No 1 Neglect - revised version No 20 Challenging Decisions
Advice for children and parents regarding creating a positive Digital Footprint, online safety and parental controls for Netflix
Knife crime Amanda Spielman discusses Ofsted's report on knife crime. The report looks at exclusions and any link to the growth in knife crime, working with agencies and education about staying safe.
Ofsted: Stronger partnerships needed to tackle knife crime New knife crime research looks at how schools, colleges, and pupil referral units (PRUs) in London protect children from knife violence in school.
Knife crime: safeguarding children and young people in education Ofsted carried out a research project on knife crime in education. This report sets out our findings and recommendations.
Let children know you're listening
The NSPCC has published practical resources to help adults who work with children better respond to disclosures of abuse. Key points include: help the young person open up by giving your full attention and reassuring them; slow down - let the child go at their own pace; reflect back what the child has said to show you understand. The evidence-informed resources include a poster to help professionals remember the key interpersonal skills they should be using when responding to disclosures, and a briefing paper sharing the learning from research with adults and children. A blog by the NSPCC strategy unit discusses ways in which teachers can better respond to disclosures of abuse and neglect.
Fabricated or induced illness Community Care has published a short article on fabricated or induced illness (FII) when a parent or carer exaggerates or deliberately causes symptoms of illness in the child. The article describes FII and the signs that FII might be taking place. A podcast discussing the subject in more detail is available to download.
RSE guidance for schools
The NSPCC has produced a briefing which summarises the key points around the statutory guidance for Relationships education, relationships and sex education and health education in England which is due to come into effect from September 2020. Information includes: parents right to withdraw; content of learning; whole school approach and developing a policy.
FGM: the facts The Government has issued a new booklet which provides facts relating to female genital mutilation. It is useful as a training resource for both staff and those at risk of FGM with clear explanations about what FGM is, who is most at risk, the signs to look out for, what to do if you suspect it and where to get help and support.
Keeping kids safe This report from The Children's Commissioner investigates what it means to be a child gang member in England. It estimates how many children in England are in gangs, and looks at the risks factors which make it more likely for a child to end up being groomed for gang membership. Finally, it questions whether those responsible for safeguarding children are responding adequately to the rise in gang violence and how children can better be kept safe.
Online safety resources for 4-7 year olds The National Crime Agency (NCA) has launched new resources aimed at helping 4- to 7-year-olds stay safe online. Jessie & Friends involves three animated videos, each aimed at a different age group, covering: watching videos, sharing pictures and playing games. Accompanying resources include: lesson plans, information for parents and carers and storybooks.
Vulnerable children in a digital world new report from Internet Matters
This report has been launched to highlight how children's offline vulnerabilities can help us identify what types of risks they may face online. Evidence from their Cyber survey suggests that young people with offline vulnerabilities do experience more online risk. There are over 2m vulnerable children in England and Wales and this report identifies they specific types of risk facing different groups of vulnerable children (Children in Care, Young Carers, children with communication and interaction difficulties etc.) and what schools can do to protect these children more effectively. One of the key recommendations is to abandon the 'one size fits all' approach and to ensure that online safety is threaded through the curriculum rather than a subject addressed once a year, usually on Safer Internet Day.
New guidance on compulsory health education Schools will be required to teach three new subjects from September 2020 to ensure pupils are prepared for the modern world, both offline and online - health education, relationships education and relationships and sex education (RSE). All children in England will be taught about the links between physical and mental health, how to look after their mental wellbeing and recognise when classmates may be struggling. Follow this link to new guidance on the introduction of compulsory health education.
Resources for children with learning disabilities The NSPCC has developed a series of films and supporting resources to help young people with learning disabilities learn about relationships and staying safe. 'Love. Life.', aimed at 11- to 25-year-olds, enables adults to start conversations with young people about: feelings, privacy and boundaries, friendships, different kinds of love and online safety.
Online sexual harassment ChildNet has published new educational resources to tackle online sexual harassment by young people. The 'Step up, speak up!' resources include: four lesson plans covering ground rules, understanding, responding and reporting peer-based online sexual harassment; a teacher toolkit; films; a poster; an assembly presentation and a peer-led workshop plan.