Watch now as specialist safeguarding consultant, Andrew Hall talks about his latest Safeguarding Review Day.
Recently I led a safeguarding self-review day for a cluster of schools which was very successful, so I thought I would make them available more widely.
One school hosted the day and then other schools (up to a total of about 22 places) came along. Schools attending brought along the headteacher/DSL/School Business Manager/safeguarding governor (any mix of two/three) and we worked through strategic safeguarding issues.
During the day, the school groups were able to reflect on their school’s practice and identify areas for further development. School leaders left with a common understanding of safeguarding, a reassurance about the positive aspects in their school, a self-evaluation document and an action plan for their next steps.
The content is drawn from the following and can be tailored to the needs of the group, depends on any additional questions/topics that people wish to add.
- Effective Safeguarding
- Four steps to effective procedures (Recognise, Respond, Refer and Report and Reflect)
- Single Central Record (and completing Prohibition Checks)
- Safeguarding Policy
- Inspection and Safeguarding
- Managing sexting incidents (new UKCCIS Guidance)
- Harmful Sexual Behaviours
- Understanding Grooming in staff who work in schools
During a Cluster Safeguarding Self-Review Day, Andrew will share practical documents and links to many resources to help you and you staff better understand safeguarding, and offer materials to help you talk to pupils about how to take care of themselves.
Some of our helpful documents
The documents below are just a few of those shared during the Safeguarding Review Day.
DBS Risk Assessment Checklist
Sometimes it is necessary to consider whether a member of staff can start work in the school before their DBS check has been received in school. This checklist will help you assess the possible risk and help you decide whether the new person should start or not.
Everyone in the school needs to understand how to report a concern, and what steps might follow. This flowchart helps schools sets out the elements of the procedures and can save several paragraphs of explanation in your policy. This flowchart should be kept up to date and some schools it on a different colour paper for each new version to ensure that only the current flowchart is in use.
Safeguarding Policy Checklist
Policies can be complex documents which cover many aspects, but is your policy up to date with the latest expectations? This checklist will help you identify whether it is covering everything it should.
Single Central Record (SCR)
There have been a number of changes to the Single Central Record during 2016, and it is easy to have an SCR which is not compliant. In terms of vetting, many schools are not completing Prohibition Checks properly (if at all), and there has been some misunderstanding about how these checks should be completed.
You can find out how to complete the Prohibition Checks here:
How to complete Prohibition Checks, including s128 check (Video)
Ofsted and Safeguarding
Ofsted have the responsibility to ensure that schools are safe places for children and young people when they inspect schools. After reviewing over 250 Ofsted reports, I’ve been able to identify some of the key areas of poor practice and you can see how your school would fare by reviewing these issues in your school.
Responding to indecent images taken and distributed by children themselves
In August 2016, new guidance for schools about managing incidents of sexting was published by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS). Although taking and distributing indecent images of children is against the law, many children have done so and have been criminalised. The new guidance allows schools to deal with some of these indecent images under their behaviour policy, without referring to the police.
The UKCCIS guidance asks schools to think about the indecent images to become aware of, in terms of risk and motivation. There are three aspects to consider:
- Does this image indicate that it is an aspect of normal behaviour for a child of this age?
- Does this image indicate the child is at risk of sexual abuse or exploitation?
- Does this image suggest that the child is showing harmful sexual behaviour?
Resources about sexual exploitation for children in KS2
Although we have talked to children about ‘stranger-danger’ in the past, research shows that children can be at greater risk from people that they know.
The Blast Project, the UK’s only charity supporting boys at risk of child sexual exploitation, has produced a pack aimed at Key Stage 2 children. The pack consists of a video, teachers’ information and a children’s workbook and aims to aims to highlight the warning signs of grooming in an age appropriate way. The resource is available free from Blast’s website.
Further Resources available to purchase from Success In Schools
Many of the documents above have been taken from the Safeguarding Handbook. The handbook written by Andrew Hall contains over 130-pages of guidance for busy Headteachers and Designated Safeguarding Leads, and others with responsibility for safeguarding in organisations.
You can find out more, and buy your copy here: Safeguarding Handbook
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Booking a Safeguarding Review Day
A Safeguarding Review Day helps schools reflect on their practice and begin to self-evaluate the effectiveness of how they keep children safe in school and beyond. The day allows the Headteacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead and link governor for safeguarding to work together to understand the latest issues, think about their schools context and develop an action plan to strengthen their work.
During the day, specialist safeguarding consultant, Andrew Hall will share his approach to reviewing your safeguarding processes, look at the four steps to building effective procedures and draw on the latest guidance and understanding of topical issues.
Safeguarding Review Days are available to clusters of schools, or academies in a MAT. Simply call our Business Manager, Kate, on 01223 929269 or email email@example.com and book a date.