Welcome to the first newsletter of the new academic year. A new KCSiE was published on 2 September and we have updated the model child protection and safeguarding policy for schools as well as writing a One Minute Guide which sets out the changes in KCSiE 2019. Both can be found on our website.
Of course it wouldn't be September without the new s175/157 safeguarding audit. The format is very similar to last year although we have referenced KCSiE throughout where the question relates to a requirement in the statutory guidance. This makes it straightforward for you to have a look at the guidance as you complete the audit. As always there are also a number of 'research' questions which have been added at the request of DCC/DCFP; please be honest in your responses (a 'no' response is just as valid and useful as a 'yes' response).
We've also been busy over the summer updating the style and content of our safeguarding courses and they are better than ever. If you are a new DSL the initial course is designed to make sure that when you finish the course you will feel confident to discharge all your responsibilities. If you are an experienced DSL the new refresher course will really add to and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of current safeguarding issues.
Finally, we've also refreshed our safeguarding review to make it even simpler to see at a glance if the school is non-compliant with any statutory requirements and to make it clear what actions are required to improve. If you want further information or to book a review please contact email@example.com
As always we welcome your feedback and all aspects of the safeguarding support we offer so please contact me or any of the safeguarding team if you have any comments or suggestions.
Beverley Dubash Safeguarding Lead for Education Head of Safeguarding & Vulnerable Groups, Babcock LDP
2019 Safegurading Audit EHE Rapid Review Devon Serious Case Review New Adolescent Safety Framework Hosting International Students DBS Letter of Assurance 2019 Model CP Policy Safeguarding Conference
'Sorry for your loss' seminar Zero Tolerance to Hate Crime Turning Corners Project Reporting students missing to the Police EH for Mental Health Emergency Funds available New One Minute Guides Statutory updates and resources
S175/157 Schools Safeguarding Audit 2019 - now open for completion
The 2019 s175/157 audit is now available for completion 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 back to where you left off. To view the questions in the audit click here, this should help you gather the information prior to completing online.
To read the 2018 Schools Audit report to the DCFP as previously attached to the June 2018 newsletter click here.
Local Safeguarding news
Rapid Review regarding Electively Home Educated students
A Rapid Review recently took place in Devon involving children that had been Electively Home Educated (EHE). The One Minute Guide on EHE explains what EHE involves, the law relating to EHE and the responsibilities of the Local Authority and schools when a child becomes home educated. It is vital that schools share any safeguarding concerns with MASH and the EHE Service before the child is removed from roll. Further information can be found at www.babcockldp.co.uk/EHE
Devon Serious Case Review - Neglect
Please follow the link to a Briefing Note which outlines the circumstances and findings from a recent Serious Case Review in Devon. You could use this as the basis for a short training session with staff, asking them to think about the children in your school who are suffering neglect and checking that everyone is aware of the neglect toolkit (there is a link in the document) which can help to identify those circumstances when you may need to consider taking different or further action to safeguard those children.
The NEW Adolescent Safety Framework
Devon is launching a new multi-agency coordinated approach to the risks young people experience outside their family home; contextual safeguarding. This approach aims to understand, and respond to, young people's experiences of significant harm beyond their families. It recognises that the different relationships that young people form in their neighbourhoods, schools and online can feature violence and abuse. The training is aimed at professionals across the partnership to develop an understanding of the new framework. It will include an introduction to contextual safeguarding and how Devon will be responding to young people's experiences of significant harm beyond their families in the form of an individual, peer group, neighbourhood/ school and people of concern across the whole continuum from prevention (community engagement and universal services) to early intervention (early help) to child protection and children in care. For further information regarding training sessions and contact details click here.
International students Following a serious incident involving a child attending a Devon school, please follow the link to new safeguarding guidance issued by the Education Advisory Group on behalf of the Devon Children & Families Partnership (DCFP) regarding the safeguarding responsibilities of schools and colleges who accept on their roll international students.
DBS Letter of Assurance Child Protection and Safeguarding Model Policy 2019
Both the new letter of assurance and our Model CP Policy can be downloaded from our website.
Babcock Safeguarding Conference 2020
Thursday 25th June at Sandy Park Conference Centre
Special guest speaker Sammy Woodhouse
Sammy is a child abuse survivor from Rotherham and the woman who bravely waivered her anonymity to expose the biggest child abuse scandal in British History. Author of 'Just a Child' (published April 2018), she is now a public speaker, trainer, campaigner and fundraiser who appears regularly on TV and many other media outlets. She works with professionals around the UK to help change policies and legislation. Sammy helped change policies in regards to licensing in 2014 at Rotherham MBC and continues to do so at national level. Sammy is profoundly passionate about sharing her experiences to help educate children and adults about Child Sexual Exploitation.
To book a place on the above or view more courses please visit our CPD site.
Thursday 10th October 2019 | Sandy Park, Exeter | 09:00 - 12:45 'Sorry for your loss' seminar
"Sorry for your loss" is a comment we often hear, and sometimes use ourselves, when we are in a situation where someone has experienced a loss or bereavement. Usually well intentioned and mostly kind - we are usually left feeling awkward and wishing we could say or do more. Schools can often be the one constant in a child's life when they have suffered a loss, and this seminar will look at different ways a school environment can provide the support children need. Simon Thomas will share his and his son's personal experience of loss, alongside local charities sharing case studies from the perspective of young people. This seminar will give you the tools needed to help children and their families through these difficult times, as well as build whole school awareness. For further information.
Following the recent SEND inspection by Ofsted in December 2018, it has been agreed to support a Devon wide survey to better gauge the current level of understanding of SEND and early help within our workforce. The survey will cover all agencies in the Devon Children and Families Partnership including schools, the emergency services and NHS staff.
The results will be used to inform training which we will roll out across the county and provide a baseline from which to measure the impact of this work. It will also allow us to analyse the responses by service area and locality - helping to ensure we have reach and enabling us to provide feedback to service leaders.
Your responses are vital to help inform our work to support Devon's most vulnerable children, young people and their families, so please do take the time to complete the survey here the deadline for this survey has been extended. The responses will help support our work for children and young people with SEND.
Zero Tolerance to Hate Crime campaign
Notice to All Safeguarding Leads from Sarah Jepp - Devon Diverse Communities.
Turning Corners Project
For those of you in the south of the county, here is the e-mail address for the Turning Corners project (designed to to help identify, divert and safeguard young people who are at risk of Criminal Exploitation) firstname.lastname@example.org
To view availability of courses with the DCFP visit the website at: https://www.dcfp.org.uk/events/
Flowchart for reporting students missing to Police
Please click here for a reminder of how and when to report a missing student.
Early Help 4 Mental Health programme update.
This briefing gives an update on the EH4MH in Devon. We are pleased to announce the programme has received additional funding and will continue into the next year.
BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, and is delivered by Family Fund Business Services. The programme provides items that meet a child's most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to child's wellbeing.
Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE), September 2019
New, draft statutory guidance was published in June 2019 and came into force on 2 September 2019. The changes are relatively minor, the key points being: Part One: Some paragraphs have been moved to improve the flow of the document, but the content has not been changed. New paragraphs have been added on the criminal offence of 'upskirting' (para. 27) serious violence (paras. 29-30). Part Two: References have been added to reflect the new requirements for Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (para. 89) and the new Ofsted Framework (para. 91). Part Three: (Safer Recruitment): The wording has changed for overseas trained teachers (para. 157) and the guidance provides greated clarity regarding s128 checks for school governors (para. 173). In Annex C a reference has been added to the new guidance 'Teaching Online Safety' (see below).
Other than that, some of the links have been updated and reference to 'transitional arrangements' removed.
You don't need to do anything other than ensure school staff are aware of the additions in Part One relating to upskirting and serious violence.
Revised Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with children and young people in Education 2019
This new guidance is not statutory. It has been published by The Safer Recruitment Consortium and brings the 2015 DfE Guidance up to date. The changes relate to: Confidentiality: New GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 are reflected in the new guidance. It says that school leaders should ensure that all staff who need to share 'special category personal data' are aware that the DPA 2018 contains 'safeguarding of children and individuals at risk' as a processing condition. This allows practitioners to share information without consent, if it is not possible to gain consent or to gain consent would place a child at risk. Standards of Behaviour: This section includes the changes to The Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2018. Communication with children: Staff should not communicate with pupils outside the context of their work and the new guidance seeks to strengthen this by stating that adults should 'turn off 3G/4G data access on school premises'. Sexual conduct: A reminder that all staff should be aware that under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 it is a crime for an adult in a position of trust to engage in sexual activity with a person under the age of 18. Teachers are in a position of trust, along with people who look after, or are responsible for young people such medical professionals, foster carers and social workers.
Photography, videos and other images / media: Adults should not take images of a child's injury, bruising or similar (e.g. following a disclosure of abuse) even if requested by children's social care; or make audio recordings of a child's disclosure. Curriculum: 'The curriculum can sometimes include or lead to unplanned discussion about subject matter of a sexually explicit, political or otherwise sensitive nature. Responding to children's questions requires careful judgement and staff should take guidance in these circumstances from the Designated Safeguarding Lead.' This means that 'care should be taken to comply with the setting's policy on spiritual, moral, social, cultural (SMSC) [education] which should promote fundamental British values and be rigorously reviewed to ensure it is lawful and consistently applied. Staff should also comply at all times with the policy for relationships and sex education (RSE)'. You can download a copy of the revised guidance here:
Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education (DfE, 2019)
The new curriculum will be mandatory from September 2020. Schools are encouraged to adopt the new curriculum early from September 2019.
Teaching online safety in school (DfE, June 2019) New guidance for schools has been published by the DfE. The guidance is non-statutory and applies to all local authority maintained schools, academies and free schools. It says that it is good practice to consult the Designated Safeguarding Lead 'when considering and planning any safeguarding related lessons or activities (including online) as they will be best placed to reflect and advise on any known safeguarding cases, and how to support any pupils who may be especially impacted by a lesson'. The new guidance is best read in conjunction with 'Education for a Connected World' which offers age specific advice.
Creating a culture that incorporates the principles of online safety across all elements of school life.
The principles should be reflected in the school's policies and practice where appropriate, and should be communicated with staff, pupils and parents.
How safe are our children? 2019 report The NSPCC has published its annual How safe are our children? report, which this year provides an overview of data on child abuse online. Findings include: there have been year on year increases in the numbers and rates of police-recorded online child sexual offences in England and Wales and Northern Ireland; there have been increases in the number of URLs confirmed by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) as containing child sexual abuse imagery since 2015; and the majority of parents, carers and members of the public agree that social networks should have a legal responsibility to keep children safe on their platforms.
Online abuse: learning from case reviews The NSPCC has published a briefing looking at case reviews published since 2008 where online abuse was a key factor. The briefing summarises the risk factors and highlights learning for improved practice in case reviews where children and young people died or were seriously injured in ways including: suicide following cyberbullying; death or serious harm following accessing harmful content online; online grooming leading to sexual abuse and exploitation; children sexually abused in order to share images of child sexual abuse online and contact child sexual abuse by perpetrators who had previously been known to police for sharing child sexual abuse images online.
Young people, social media and mental health Barnardo's has published a report looking at what children, young people and practitioners say about the impact of social media on mental health and wellbeing and the social media experiences of vulnerable children in the UK. Findings from 80 Barnardo's practitioners include: 79% said that 11-15 year olds that they work with have found cyberbullying impacted their mental health and wellbeing. Case studies and focus groups with children and young people found that those with additional life challenges are more susceptible to the negative impacts of social media as they are more likely to experience isolation from friends and family.
Anti- bullying week 'Change starts with us' Whether it is verbal or physical, online or in-person, bullying can have a significant impact on a child's life well in to adulthood. This year's Anti-Bullying Week (11 to 15 Nov) will urge young and old to remember that by making small, simple changes, we can break this cycle and create a safe environment for everyone.
Thinkuknow As with any form of technology or online space, adult offenders can use gaming platforms to target children and build relationships with them. This article explores the different elements of gaming and how they can be used by offenders, and what you can do to support your child whilst gaming.
Safeguarding Young People on the Autism Spectrum This guide explores safeguarding and child protection with specific reference to autistic young people. It outlines what all professionals should consider when they have concerns about a young person's welfare or safety.
Let children know you're listening: resources NSPCC Learning has released a new animation to help adults ensure children and young people always feel they are listened to when they disclose abuse. Techniques outlined include: giving the children and young people your full attention and keeping body language open and encouraging; slowing down let them go at their own pace; and showing you understand, by reflecting back what they have said to check your understanding. Posters to help professionals remember these skills and embed them in their practice are available to download. You might want to show this video in a staff team meeting, instead of a One Minute Guide.