In recent weeks we have all seen changes to our lives both at home and work that have required us to adapt very quickly to the reality of Covid-19 that seemed unimaginable just days beforehand.
We are also aware that the volume of information and requirements expected of schools has been equally demanding. We have therefore thought carefully about the contents of this, and subsequent newsletters to do our best to support you now, and in the coming weeks ahead. As ever, the contents are chosen to offer support, links to information and updates but please don't hesitate to contact any of the team if you have questions or need support.
We recognise the scale of the challenge we all face, but vitally the skill, dedication and speed with which you have responded to support our most vulnerable children and families. We are also aware of the innovative ways in which many of you have sought to keep in touch with families where they are not attending school.
As we move through this current stage, we, as will colleagues from all the Babcock LDP teams, continue to do all we can to work alongside you.
Safeguarding and Escalation Flow Chart This document outlines the process schools have undertaken for RAG rating vulnerable children and goes on to explain how to escalate safeguarding concerns for each group of young people. It also contains key contact information and advice on how to carry out welfare phone or video calls
Safeguarding Appendix to Schools' Child Protection Policy This Appendix references the above document and provides bespoke procedures specific to the current situation, to be added to your school's current Child Protection Policy. This appendix update is in line with DfE guidance and will ensure school/Academy policy reflects current practice. Please note this must be personalised for your school/Academy as shown on the template.
Alternatively the above attachments can be found on Dawn Stabb's email dated 07.04.20
Covid19 Early Help Additional Support During this current Covid19 period it has been recognised there is likely to be an increase in families who are struggling and that professionals working with families may also feel more concerned about families who are not receiving but in need of support from a service. Devon's Early Help offer has been adjusted during this difficult period to enable professionals to better support these families and where multiagency Early Help Triage meetings were held weekly, they have now moved to daily virtual meetings on Microsoft Teams.
Categories of need in Early Help are: Physical and mental health, Education, Being Safe (including DV, child on parent violence, difficulty with routines and boundaries), Work, Finances and Housing and Crime and ASB.
In order to ensure that these families support needs are considered, we are are asking that verbal consent be obtained from parents/carers in order to initiate an Early Help assessment, clarifying the main presenting need and then a RfAS (Request for Additional Service) form be briefly filled out identifying the service or funding request. Please then send this to the relevant Early Help locality mailbox
Once RfAS forms are received they will be considered at the daily triage for your area with the outcome and list of actions will then be shared with you and recorded on the Right for Children system. The aim is to expedite support to families and ensure that all vulnerable children and their families are supported at this current time. Any barrier to implementing the above guidance, ask your Early Help Locality Officer directly and they will agree a way forward with you. https://www.dcfp.org.uk/early-help/early-help-information-for-workers/ (for EH Locality Officer contact details follow the link to 'Resources and Downloads').
New One Minute Guides on the following subjects can all be found at: https://www.babcockldp.co.uk/safeguarding-and-compliance/safeguarding/one-minute-guides
No 34 Disclosure
No 35 Visiting Music Teachers
No 37 DSL Role during Covid-19
No 38 Domestic Abuse
Safeguarding news, advice and resources for schools and parents
CSW - update
As well as our generic offer to all our customers, CSW understands the need to offer specific support to the most vulnerable students. Although education provision will be available to these students, not all will take up the offer and without their normal structured day there is the potential for a negative impact on their well-being. CSW will provide targeted support to these students through an enhanced offer to schools and post 16 providers.
Devon Music Education Hub - Safeguarding guidance for online instrumental lessons
In light of school closures due to the current corona virus pandemic, a growing number of instrumental teachers are considering online lessons as a way to maintain their income and support the children and young people that they work with to continue learning over the coming weeks and months. While unfamiliar to many of us, it's never been easier to provide online lessons and a huge variety of platforms are available to support this through video calling facilities, such as Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, Web-ex and Google Hangouts. For full guidance click here.
New Helpline for schools to contact Devon and Cornwall Police
A new helpline launched today by Devon and Cornwall police for schools to contact them to discuss DSVA concerns following an Op Encompass call.
COVID 19 | Coronavirus | Women's Aid
Advice and guidance from Women's Aid. We know that COVID-19 will have serious impacts on the lives of women and children. Survivors are telling us that they are feeling unsafe with the prospect of being isolated in the house with their perpetrator. We want to reassure survivors and local specialist services that we are here for you and we will be doing everything we can to support you during this challenging time. To continue reading click here.
Think You Know resources from CEOP
These are 15 minute activities to support parents in talking to their children about online safety during a time when children and young people will spend an increasing amount of time on the internet. New resources will be released fortnightly.
The Slang Dictionary - This dictionary seeks to support parents, carers and professionals to better understand the language young people may be using and support them to safeguard young people.
The Emoji Dictionary - Emojis are becoming an increasingly common method of communication for everybody. Emojis are simple to understand, quick to type and can get the tone of the message across. Just as understanding the language that young people use can be important for safeguarding them, we think it is also useful to understand how emojis can be used. If we have a better understanding of their meaning, we can foster better connections with children and young people, and identify any potential risks.
To view availability of courses with the DCFP visit the website at: https://www.dcfp.org.uk/events/
Devon Schools Nursing Service click here to read update
Childline Report Remove tool Childline has launched Report Remove, a service that allows children and young people under 18 to report and get removed from the internet a nude image or video of themselves that might have been shared online. The webpage includes links to services and information offering emotional and safeguarding support. Report a nude image online Childline posters and wallet cards
Safeguarding children and young people with SEND NSPCC Learning has published new content for schools on safeguarding children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). It covers relationships and sex education, online safety and legislation and guidance. Safeguarding children and young people with SEND
Online safety for schools
NSPCC Learning has updated content providing information, advice and resources to help schools feel confident in their approach to online safety and develop robust e-safety policies and procedures. The update includes new advice on: livestreaming; social media; online consent forms and using external speakers to supplement e-safety education. E-safety for schools
Professional supervision for those working in education The DCFP Education Advisory Group is currently working on a guidance document for schools which will be circulated later this year. Barnardo's Scotland has published a report on the use of professional or reflective supervision for those working in education including classroom teachers, head teachers, additional support needs staff, teaching assistants and educational psychologists. Responses to a survey of 402 education staff across the UK indicate that children and young people's mental health and wellbeing could be enhanced if education staff were to receive dedicated time for support and reflection aimed at improving their own mental health and wellbeing. Supervision in education: healthier schools for all (PDF)
Bullying in UK schools The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper discussing the prevalence of bullying in schools across the UK and policies to prevent and tackle bullying in schools. Bullying in schools
Safeguarding: developing a low-level concerns policy Farrer & Co has published guidance explaining how organisations, including schools, which work with children can develop and implement a written low-level concerns policy to enable staff to share any concerns, no matter how small, and how these organisations should respond to them. The guidance covers the importance of sharing low-level concerns and how a low-level concern should be responded to by the Safeguarding Lead. Developing and implementing a low-level concerns policy: a guide for organisations which work with children (PDF)
Gooseberry Planet This month we are covering Digital Footprint with school closures and home working, both adults and children are spending more time online, so it is more important than ever that we think about good digital citizenship and how to protect our Digital Footprints. READ MORE