Safeguarding in Education
The Government provides guidance for schools and colleges on Keeping Children Safe in Education . It should be read alongside statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018, and departmental advice What to do if you are worried a child is being abused - Advice for Practitioners.
Keeping Children Safe in Education - Update 2020
The Government has published an update to Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE), which came in to force in September 2020.
This was due to be reviewed in 2020 but due to COVID-19 this has been delayed and the proposed guidance for 2021 is currently under consultation which is due to finish in March 2021 Keeping Children Safe in Education: Proposed Revisions 2021.
Suffolk County Council has reviewed and updated the Model Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed below.
The NSPCC have also produced a briefing on the key updates to KCSiE which can be viewed on the NSPCC website.
Peer on Peer Abuse
Model Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
Suffolk Education and Learning colleagues have a model policy for schools to develop into their own school safeguarding policy - Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy for Schools September 2020
Ofsted Guidance on Safeguarding
The Government has provided a checklist for schools on what to look for with regards to Safeguarding during an Ofsted inspection.
Schools Intelligence Reporting Tool for County Lines and Criminal Exploitation
Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit
LSCB produced document for supporting trans, non-binary and gender questioning children and young people in educational settings.
Guidance for schools on maintaining and transferring pupil safeguarding/child protection records
This guidance Maintaining and transferring pupil safeguarding/child protection Records replaces the previous document ‘Managing Shared Information: Guidance for schools and education settings on Child Protection (CP) and Children in Need (CiN)/pupil file structures and managing file movement’. The revised guidance sets out the legal framework and good practice guidance for the maintenance, retention and transfer of pupil child protection records between schools. Any copies of the previous guidance should be discarded.
Children Missing from Education
The Department for Education describes a young runaway as ‘a child or young person up to the age of 18 who has run away from their home or care placement, or feels they have been forced to leave, or whose whereabouts is unknown’.
Children with Disabilities: Restraint and Seclusion in Schools
The Challenging Behaviour Foundation has published a report looking at the use of restrictive interventions on disabled children and young people aged 0-25 in schools. Restrictive interventions can include: physical restraint, mechanical restraint, seclusion, blanket restrictions, and chemical restraint. Findings from data from 566 case studies collected by Positive and Active Behaviour Support Scotland (PABSS), and results from a Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) survey completed by 204 families include: 88% of the respondents to the CBF survey said their disabled child had experienced physical restraint, with 35% reporting it happening regularly; the PABSS case studies included 1,058 reports of restraint and 544 reports of seclusion.
Schools Safeguarding Training
Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership has tried not to be overly prescriptive about how often schools deliver training courses. It is important that all new members of staff receive at least 2 hours Introduction to Safeguarding training and have a good understanding of basic safeguarding. Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) recommends that staff are updated ‘at least annually’.
Section 13 states - All staff members should receive appropriate safeguarding and child protection training which is regularly updated. In addition, all staff members should receive safeguarding and child protection updates (for example, via email, e-bulletins and staff meetings), as required, but at least annually, to provide them with relevant skills and knowledge to safeguard children effectively.
SSP recommends that schools give regular (at least annually, in line with KCSIE) updates for staff on recent safeguarding issues and agendas. Once this has been delivered, staff training records are updated and evaluations kept as evidence. These would sit alongside the basic training records to form a complete safeguarding training portfolio for each member of staff.
Schools' Choice is the SSP endorsed provider of Safeguarding Training in Schools.
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