This is our final newsletter of the current school year. We had hoped to have sent this earlier, but as many of you will know, KCSiE 2021 was only released by the DfE last week. We imagine that like you, they have been quite busy too. There is some information later in the newsletter and a link to the document. Don't forget that annex G summarises changes made from the previous year. The team will be scrutinising this key document in greater detail over the summer. This will also enable us to make alterations to the model safeguarding policy which will be available by the 1st September. In previous years the DfE have made subtle changes to KCSiE before the start of term so we hope that by having a date of 1st September, we prevent having to re-issue the policy for you to personalise to your school and present to governors/directors/trustees for ratification. We will send a separate message at this time with a link to our website where the policy can be accessed.
As we look ahead to the end of term, we hope that you have plans for a well-deserved and much needed break. We also know that before then, there's much to be done. Many of you will now be fully involved in pupil transfer be that to or from your school. The sharing of safeguarding information between settings remains a crucial aspect of our work in keeping children safe as they move school or from a nursery setting. We have refreshed the content of our One Minute Guide that summarises requirements. You can still access the podcasts we recorded last year that are phase specific for further information.
We know that some of you will be contacted over the summer to share information with our MASH team. Thank you in advance to those of you who do so. On behalf of all the team, we hope that you manage to have a relaxing and wonderful break and look forward to working with you again in the autumn term.
Jon Galling Senior Education Safeguarding Officer
S175 Audit findings
Ofsted review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges
Babcock training courses
Local Safeguarding News
S175 Audit Headlines
Thank you to everyone for completing their S175 audit this year. We have written the report on behalf of the Local Authority with full details on all the great things we are doing in our schools across the whole of Devon.
86% of audits were returned by the deadline of 18th December 2020.
96% of schools have attended Early help Team around the Family meetings during 2019/2020
80% of schools have attended a strategy meeting during 2019/2020
72% of schools have a 'Ready for Anything' policy
233 Bullying, prejudice and Hate incident (BPHI) forms were submitted to the Local Authority.
In your feddback to us you asked for:
More training on specific topics Babcock are now offering a range of Level 2 training sessions you can purchase through our shop. This includes Online Safety and Radicalisation.
DSL networking meetings.
More frequent Safeguarding newsletters.
Supervision opportunities Babcock are now offering mentoring / coaching sessions for DSL's and wider safeguarding teams. Visit our shop for more information.
Our priority next steps identified in the audit are:
Ensure schools are providing all staff with clear CME information during induction.
Schools to ensure they hold more than one emergency contact number for each pupil.
All schools to have a 'Ready for Anything' policy which is regularly reviewed and practised.
All schools to undertake ASF training to gain a greater knowledge and understanding.
All schools to ensure they submit a MASH enquiry if they have current safeguarding concerns for a pupil who is removed off role to be EHE.
We will be working with you all during the autumn term to achieve these actions for the next S175 audit.
We have seen an unprecedented number of MASH enquiries come through this term for research and this reflects how difficult life is for many families following the Covid lockdown period. We know just how busy you all are in schools as a result of these difficulties and the Education in MASH team want to send you all a big "well done" for your efforts in supporting vulnerable children and families at this very difficult time.
As term draws to a close, you may be worried how many of your students and their families will cope without your support over the summer, so it's a good time to hand out the MASH number to adults and older children, so they can refer in families they are worried about. It's also an idea to remind children where they can seek support (Kooth, youth groups in your area etc) and maybe discuss safety plans with your most vulnerable students (asking who would they go to if they are worried about their safety, reminding them it's OK to phone the Police if they feel they are in danger).
We hope that you all enjoy your well earned summer break, the MASH research team have the telephone numbers you have provided for contact over the holiday but remember, we will come through as a withheld number, so please pick up if your phone rings and you can't see who is trying to reach you. We don't like to disturb your holiday but please know that the information you are able to give does make a great deal of difference in assessing risk and impact on your students and we are extremely grateful to every one of you who provides information in the holiday period, thank you.
Kathrin, Sue, Lara and Caroline.
MASH Improvement Plan
We wanted to keep you in the loop with some of the progress we have been making with the current MASH Improvement Plan.
Mash Strategic Group The TOR and membership has been agreed and the first meeting will be held on the 23rd July chaired by Vivien Lines. This group will be responsible for governance and oversight of the MASH. It's membership includes senior managers from all partner agencies.
MASH Partner Agency Survey - A survey has gone out to all partner agencies so that we can here direct from them about their experiences of making a referral. This will support our plans going forward and help us better understand what is working well and what needs to change.
MASH G we are working towards getting more children recorded into our MASH G system which is an essential part of our improvement journey. We know that the email inbox is not a safe place to record sensitive data it also does not allow us to adequately capture volume, history and report on the outcomes of concerns for children. All of these missing elements are a key part of a successful MASH.
Reducing Duplication - We are getting access for ALL staff so that everyone can input children into MASH G allowing us to work flexible at times of high volume. Management oversight on all those children in MASH G, initial rag rating and allocation to SW will support timely decisions and risk assessments supporting SW's to prioritise work allocated to them.
Extra Staffing- We are exploring extra support in relation to Business Support and Family Practitioners and will keep you updated as this is agreed and progressed.
MASH/CMS Project We are reviewing whether the MASH CMS is fit for purpose and will give us what we need in the MASH. We have had a MASH CMS discovery day where we tested the online referral form and started to look at the functioning of the CMS system and are now clearer about the potential risks with this system. We are meeting with colleagues in OLM to look at what Eclipse and MASH G can offer as an IT solution. Once we have all the information we need we will be making a decision about next steps for our IT MASH Solution.
Some useful forms and resources from the EH Team at MASH:
The DfE published KCSiE 2021 last week and as expected there are a number of aspects that as DSLs you will need to reflect on. As in previous versions, a list of substantive changes can be found within annex G, page 161. Many of you will be starting to think about September inset days and a return to school in the autumn term. Therefore the following are possible priorities for you to consider. We will issue some further reflection on the wider changes within our first newsletter of the autumn term. Equally, the team will be working on the model policy throughout the summer and this will again be available at the start of September ready for you to adapt to your school in readiness for consideration and ratification by governors or those in a similar role at your fist meeting of the new school year.
As ever, all staff and volunteers are expected to have read and confirmed their understanding of Part one and we would advise Annex A (now Annex B in 2021) alongside this. In this version, the DfE have introduced a 'condensed' version of Part one for those who do not work directly with children. It will therefore be key where you have staff who this would apply to such as cleaners, to ensure that there is still a record of them having read and understood this document. In previous years, the DfE have produced KCSiE in a variety of languages, these versions can be found the gov.uk website.
Many of you will be aware of Ofsted's report 'Review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges', referenced in greater detail below. Within KCSiE 2021 there are references to these changes throughout sections 1, 2 and 5. The overarching message is that KCSiE requires greater awareness on the part of staff including a culture that listens not just to the expressed views of children, but staff who hear and observe behaviour of a sexually inappropriate or harmful nature. Many schools will be reflecting this within the behaviour policy, their RSE and PSHE curriculum and will ensure that the model safeguarding policy clarifies these points too. However, there is a clear message throughout KCSiE 2021, that all adults working with children have a role in monitoring and reporting any incidents and ensuring that possible victims are supported in being believed and not given the impression that they "are creating a problem". We advise therefore that DSLs ensure that they have a secure understanding of part 5 and communicate expectations to all staff through training. We currently expect Ofsted inspections to return in September and it is highly likely that inspectors will seek to understand how the school have ensured these messages have been shared with staff.
Review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges Ofsted, 10th June 2021
Following the media attention to the Everyone's Invited (insert link please) website and the thousands of reporting's of sexually harmful behaviours, Ofsted published its report last month (insert link please). It's impact has already been seen within KCSiE 2021 and is likely to be a key line of enquiry within Ofsted inspections. The report rightly recognises that the issues are greater than just that which schools can address, but does make clear how schools have a crucial role to enable children of all ages through a progressive curriculum to understand what healthy relationships are, and how and who to share concerns with should they have them. Ofsted's report has a very useful 'executive summary' that we would advise all DSL and school leaders to have read.
The key messages within are:
92% of girls, and 74% of boys, said sexist name-calling happens a lot or sometimes to them or their peers
Children and young people, especially girls, said that they do not want to talk about sexual abuse for several reasons, even where their school encourages them to
Children and young people were rarely positive about the RSHE they had received. They felt that it was too little, too late
They worry about how adults will react, because they think they will not be believed, or that they will be blamed. They also think that once they talk to an adult, the process will be out of their control.
As one girl put it, 'It shouldn't be our responsibility to educate boys'
Key aspects for school and colleges to consider:
Ensure that all staff, children (at an age appropriate level) and parents are aware of the definition of sexually harmful, violent and inappropriate behaviours
That 'banter' is not a means by which to justify such actions or language including when using technology or social media
All inappropriate behaviour is challenged
Ensure that gender 'stereotype' language is challenged where this is sexist, homophobic or race related
Ensure that all peer-on-peer incidents are investigated thoroughly and outcomes involve external agencies where required
School record keeping systems are used to log incidents, actions taken and any decisions made by the safeguarding team
Some further points to reflect on:
Do children at all ages and levels of understanding have a clear and progressive understanding that is age appropriate about what healthy relationships are, including when on-line?
Are staff at all levels modelling behaviours that demonstrate the above points ( does your code of conduct reflects this?)
How are staff who teach or lead RSE/PSHE sessions accessing training to enable them to deliver content that addresses this subject as children need?
What systems are in place to enable children's views to be heard and acted upon without the reliance on disclosures or reported incidents?
Who confirms that the culture of you school enables children to come forward and feel safe? How are governors involved in this?
We will be offering further input on this topic throughout autumn term newsletters and through the autumn term forums
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Attachment Based Mentoring Available soon, 70 free online learning places funded by the Devon Virtual School apply now
What is Attachment Based Mentoring?
The Attachment Based Mentoring (ABM) Programme aims to meet the specific needs of children in care by providing them with a significant adult in school who will become a safe base and is able to provide relational support through coaching and mentoring.
The training draws on theories and research from the fields of attachment, coaching and resilience, ABM is a comprehensive practical guide as to what to do and how to be to ensure that the individual needs of each child are met.
The approach aims to enable children to feel safe, connected, and capable - forming positive relationships and enjoying learning. You will:
Understand the needs of all children including the most vulnerable and how they can find it difficult to engage with learning
Learn how to become the child's significant adult
Meet attachment needs by considering the mentoring relationship
Develop solution focused coaching and mentoring skills
Consider the wider role of the mentor in terms of social learning, restoration, advocacy and practical support
The ABM Online Learning Course
Who is it for? This course is aimed at Senior Leaders, Teachers and Teaching Assistants it can be very effective to have a mix of people from your setting booked on together.
How is the course delivered? This is a self-directed online course. This course is roughly equivalent in time to a 3 day course, but can be completed in your own time, however best works for you.
We do recommend having a learning partner at school to discuss your learning and development with. The course will involve a mix of learning activities including videos, audio slides, reading, exploration, activities, personal reflection and sharing thoughts, ideas and plans with others on the course.
Courses will be available from 21 June 2021 and need to be completed by Dec 2021.
Supervision session When completing the course you will also be asked to book onto a supervision session. This will be an opportunity to discuss the course with fellow learners, ask questions and access supervision for your work. You should have completed the course and started your mentoring before the supervision session. Ideally you will book onto the session in your location as it is hoped that these will lead into regular locality based network/supervision groups. If that is not possible please book onto the session which suits you most time wise.
Some supervision sessions will be face to face other sessions will be live webinars. You will be sent details of these when you have completed the course.
How to access the online course 70 free courses are available for staff in Devon schools and those out of county who have a Devon child in care.
Each school may apply for up to 3 places. Each person applying for the course needs to complete the survey and commit to attending a supervision session. Surveys need to be completed by the 14th June. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with information as to how to access the course by 21st June.
ABM face to face courses In addition to the online course we are also running 2 x 1 day Attachment Based Mentoring face to face courses. These courses provide an overview of the Attachment Based Mentoring approach and are for senior leaders, SENDCos and designated teachers who have a responsibility for co-ordinating and supporting the approach in school. The first of these courses will be in October in Exeter and the second in December in North Devon.
In the spring term 2022 we will be running 2 x 3.5 days full Attachment Based Mentoring Courses. These courses are aimed at staff who will be mentors for children in care, those who will be using the approach generally in their practice and those who have an oversight or co-ordinating role for implementing attachment based mentoring and would like an in-depth understanding of the model.
We have found it helpful for schools to send 2 or 3 people on a course, including a mix of teaching assistants, teachers, SENDCos and DTS. This mix is most effective in implementing the approach back in school. These courses will be held in North Devon in January 2022 and Exeter in March 2022. More details and information as to how to book will be available soon.
Safeguarding team Facebook page Don't forget if you are a subscribing or maintained school you have free access to our Safeguarding team Facebook page. We have had some really great feedback from schools in the S175 audits about how useful they find this.
Babcock Training Courses Please visit our website to book a space on any of the virtually delivered courses listed below or to view our full range of courses available for you to book. You may also be interested in taking a look at the new LDP Directory where you will find our full safeguarding offer on page 60.
9th September 16th September 8th October 14th October
L3 Initial (2 day)
13th/14th September 22nd/23rd September 14th/15th October 3rd/4th November
County Lines Children as young as 8 involved! Many of you may have seen a BBC article (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-57262070) that has highlighted a recent Police investigation where children, numbering more than a 1000, some as young as 8 have been involved in criminal gangs commonly known as County Lines. Raising awareness amongst staff, volunteers and parents is key to ensuring that early sings of exploitation are reported. Please consider sharing this link to support staff in the area of safeguarding.