Welcome to the first 2021 safeguarding newsletter!
We hope that you've managed to find some time to relax and enjoy the festive period. We equally know that some of you will have been contacted to share information over this period by the MASH team. As ever, we are grateful for this and how, despite being 'on holiday' you give of your time. The start of a New Year always comes with thoughts of fresh starts. We shared with you at the end of term the revised threshold tool which, after many terms of conception, planning, review and development, has finally been released. There is further information available later in this newsletter, but as with all change, there will be challenges. Our overriding belief is that the revisions rightly reflect our current world of safeguarding recognising aspects in greater detail such as exploitation, contextual safeguarding and a greater focus in how vulnerabilities of children's on-line and virtual world are reflected. Please take some time to look at this and ensure that colleagues with safeguarding responsibilities have a similar opportunity. We will ensure that this is a an area of greater input in our forums this term.
As we look forward, we have ensured that training for the spring term will be delivered virtually. Over 1100 people attended some form of virtual training delivered by the team throughout the autumn term. We were delighted that 120 people attended our Virtual conference planning for our June conference is already underway. Those of you who are in maintained or subscribing schools have commented on how useful you have found the Face Book page. Remember, you can have up to 3 subscribers per school. We hope that for the summer term, we'll be offering F2F training in venues again. We can't wait! Thank you to those for you who managed to return your s175 return by the end of term. Please do prioritise this if you are yet to complete this and if you have any issues. Contact Caroline who is also after feedback (more info below) on how we can develop the format of the s175 for the autumn term if you need support.
Like you we are ready for a challenging term ahead. As we wait for the vaccination programme to make a difference to restrictions we know how difficult the next few weeks will be. As ever, please don't hesitate to get in touch for support, advice and sometimes reassurance.
On behalf of myself, Caroline, Lara, Kathrin and Sue we would like to thank you for all your do to support our most vulnerable children and families
Jon Galling Senior Education Safeguarding Officer
Updated policy appendix
Risk Assessment flow chart
S175 Safeguarding audit
Brook traffic light tool
Triennial Analysis of SCRs
Training and resources
Local Safeguarding News
Update safeguarding policy appendix & risk assessment Please follow the links below to the updated appendix for your schools safeguarding policy and the new risk assessment flow chart for vulnerable students:
Devon Threshold Tool This Threshold Tool has been a while in development and is an interim document. It has revised statements and descriptors to support the ever changing developments in safeguarding concerns that we face when we have concerns around a child. There are plans in the future to create a digital Threshold Tool.
familiarise yourself with the new Threshold Tool
share this new Threshold with your staff
print out and have copies accessible in your staffroom and office areas
download and keep accessible on your shared files for staff
ensure your Governors particularly your Safeguarding Governor is aware of
Please remember that the Threshold Tool is just that a tool to aid your discussions and decision making around a child and your concerns. Do use the Threshold Tool in conjunction with other tools that are available to you e.g. the Neglect Tool kit, Exploitation Tool kit, Adolescent Safety Framework. A revised Threshold Matrix to enable you to mark/identify concerns will be added to the DCFP website in January.
MASH Webinar - Understand MASH; the team and the processes
meet some of the team and gain a better understanding of who MASH is and how they operate
explore issues around risk and how to support you as multi agency partners in making an enquiry and how MASH progress your concerns within the team
provide an in-depth look at the Early Help offer in Devon
understand what the decision making is so that you can progress concerns for assessment or manage through Early Help.
Q&A session an opportunity to explore those questions you've always wanted to ask the team
The next seminar will be 20th January 2021 2:00pm 3:30pm
Understandably it is a very stressful time for schools at present but we would appreciate your return by Friday 22nd January. If you have completed your return as part of a Federation or MAT please let me know the name of the school that the return would've been completed under and I can check for you, alternatively if you think you started the audit but didn't receive the link to complete it also contact me so that we can get this back to you.
Changes to the recruitment of Migrant Workers From 1st January 2021, freedom of movement between workers in the UK and the EU ended. The UK have introduced an immigration system (Points Based/Skilled Worker) that will treat all applicants equally, regardless of where they come from.
Employers wishing to recruit from outside the UK, will need to apply for permission first. This is known as Sponsorship and employers will need to have a sponsor licence with the Home Office, for the recruitment of most workers from outside the UK. Information on how to obtain a Sponsor Licence can be found here https://www.gov.uk/apply-sponsor-licence
The new scheme will not apply to existing EEA or Swiss citizens already employed in the UK. EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK before 31st December 2020, and their family members, can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). They have until 30th June 2021 to apply. There are currently about 4 million EU Citizens with Settled or Pre-Settled status.
The scheme does not apply to Irish Citizens who continue to have the right to free movement to the UK under the existing Common Travel Area (CTA) arrangements.
It is not necessary to carry out retrospective Right to Work checks on existing employees from the EU.
If you have questions regarding the recruitment of migrant workers, contact your HR or Legal Advisors.
Safer Recruitment Some of you may have seen recent information regarding 'Changes to Safer Recruitment'. Andrew Hall references recent court proceedings that have a potential need to be reflected in legislation on how the disclosure of cautions and convictions should be shared. Currently the advice from government sources is less clear and we await clarity through the current consultation process for Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021. In the interim, we advise that application forms should continue to offer candidates the opportunity to state weather they have a caution/conviction that if they were to be shortlisted for interview, can be discussed in greater detail. Advice remains the same that only shortlisted applicants should be invited to share any conviction/caution history at this time where they are going to be working in Regulated Activity. Our partners at DCC are aware of this and are reviewing the terminology on their application form template once the picture becomes clearer. Should this change, we will notify schools. Schools are reminded that those applying for posts who are barred from working with children (or adults should this check also be required) are barred from doing so, this is an offence and must be reported accordingly.
Brook traffic light tool Many of you will be familiar with this tool and the Brook website a source of great support and guidance. In recent months, having raised its profile in last year's s175 audit, Brook have taken the resource from their 'public area' access of their website and have asked that we attend training at a cost in order to use this document. DCC are also aware of this and are seeking to resolve the matter as so many agencies use this tool to support the decision making process when needing to evaluate sexual behaviours.
The Devon and Torbay PREVENT Partnership works to protect local people and communities from violent extremism. Violent extremism involves supporting or using violence to achieve a cause this can include terrorist acts. People are groomed into supporting violent extremism through the process of radicalisation. Click here to read the latest update.
2019 Triennial Analysis of Serious Case Reviews
Local safeguarding partnerships:
The attached report draws key questions for reflection from Serious Case Reviews undertaken Nationally between 2014-2017. The triennial report therefore offers us an insight into common trends and learning opportunities that echo many of key learning points from those shared in recent years in Devon. This document is a great opportunity to reflect on our own practice and poses challenging questions throughout. A really worthwhile read!
Babcock Training, Podcasts & Social Media
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Babcock Training Courses
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Resources & Training
Operation Encompass Children are to be recognised as victims of domestic abuse in their own right in the new Domestic Abuse Bill. Children exposed to domestic abuse are victims of child abuse. When considering the vulnerable groups within schools, we strongly recommend that children experiencing domestic abuse are recognised as part of this grouping. Click here to download the handbook.
NSPCC Speak Out Stay Safe Program
Due to the effects of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, we've changed the way our Speak out. Stay safe. programme is delivered and therefore our staff and volunteers won't be delivering the programme in schools at the moment.
We are delighted however, that with the amazing support of Ant and Dec we have launched a virtual version of our safeguarding programme for the autumn term. This offer, available for children aged 5 to 11, includes access to video assemblies and supporting resources for use in the classroom. A BSL version is also available for d/Deaf children, and our specially adapted SEND version of Speak out. Stay safe. remains available as usual.
How does Speak out. Stay safe. online work? You will have access to pre-recorded Speak out. Stay safe. online assemblies, to show to your pupils. The Speak out. Stay safe. messages are delivered in a fun and interactive way with the help of our mascot Buddy and special guest appearances from Ant and Dec. The online assemblies include pause points to allow for teacher-pupil interaction.
We have also developed supporting resources to go alongside the online assembly. These consist of a Pre-Online Assembly Presentation Pack (Key Stage 2 only) to use before and a Lesson Plan to use after the online assembly. They provide fun and engaging classroom based activities that prepare children prior to watching the online assembly and help reinforce learning after the assembly.
Speak out. Stay safe. online has assemblies and supporting resources for pupils in:
Please continue to visit our website to access lots of resources for schools or professionals here or for parents/carers at nspcc.org.uk/. We also have a new parent/carer coronavirus hub with advice and support during the current situation
The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) is a national charity with a social purpose to inform, educate, safeguard and build digital resilience amongst young and vulnerable people. Helping them to make informed decisions and understand the consequences around gambling and gaming. For more information visit: https://www.ygam.org/
Mobile data increase for vulnerable families Please see information below in regards to mobile phone data increases for vulnerable families that can be requested on behalf of families by schools, trusts and local authorities. Government link for data increase for some disadvantaged families - https://get-help-with-tech.education.gov.uk/about-increasing-mobile-data
The Lullaby Trust Fantastic advice and resources for parents and professionals about the importance of safe sleep for babies. For more information visit the website: www.lullabytrust.org.uk
Devon County Council have re-issued their One Minute Guide on Children's Social Care which contains a comprehensive area and contacts list.