Below is a link for you to be able to access and share this terms safeguarding forum. As for all of us, we've needed to adapt our ways of working and communicating and the forum is such an example. It is a PowerPoint presentation with 'sound-buttons' on each slide covering a range of topics and highlighting resources. While the format is different, our aim is the same. We hope to support you, your team (including volunteers) and governors. In doing this, we've shared topics that are pertinent to the immediate future, but also looking ahead as we adapt to the future 'normal'.
This will be our last expected communication before the autumn term. We know that you are now engaged in developing plans for the return of all children in September alongside supporting staff with their knowledge of safeguarding to ensure that as adults, they are ready for the challenges this is likely bring. Please remember that wider agency partners from Early Help to those within MASH are 'business as normal', both before we break for the summer holiday, during this time and on our return in September. Lara and Caroline will be available for support and advice over the summer holiday with Jon returning in early September. Please don't hesitate to make contact should you feel we can support you.
We know that many of you are now thinking of the autumn term and staff training. we hope the following clarification will be of use:
The team will be undertaking a 'root and branch' review of the current safeguarding template policy to include updates and changes from KCSiE 2020 (currently available of the DfE website). This will be shared with you at the start of September ready for you to amend, personalise to your school and present to governors for ratification.
Currently, the DfE have still suspended the need for those with a Level 3 qualification to be refreshed, should this have been required during the Covid-19 period. We expect this to change at a time in the future and have additional training courses available for you to book into across the county in the autumn term.
We plan to have training sessions that can be delivered virtually, or face-to-face more information will be available in the very near future so you can choose your preferred delivery style and dates.
Our website has been reviewed and documents such as the very popular One Minute Guides are all updated for your use please also utilise the Devon Children Families Partnership website for resources and training.
From September, our newsletters will revert to half-termly, but will continue to share podcasts developed by the team on given topics.
We have revised and developed the Section 175 Audit to be completed in the autumn. This year the audit link will be sent to you at the end of September and the closing date for submissions will be December 31st 2020. These dates are later than usual as we are feeling confident that you will all want to focus on the return of pupils in September.
Ofsted have just updated their guidance on inspections for the next academic year, we will be including this statement and further information in the first newsletter of the autumn term
In recent months, as a team, we've been amazed by the level of commitment, innovation and resilience that school safeguarding staff have shown. We have spoken or been in contact with so many of you in a range of roles from DSLs, Senior Leaders, Governors and those in administration to offer support. We know that in this unprecedented time, you have worked so hard to keep in touch with those families who have remained at home and provided a wealth of support for those children who have attended school. We know that this has required an epic amount of time. From all of us, thank you!
As ever, please don't hesitate to get in touch should you need support. We hope that while this summer will be different, you all manage some time to relax and enjoy a break. We look forward to working alongside you in the autumn.
Have a great summer!
Babcock Safeguarding Team
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