Schools and Early Years – useful links & resources
Safeguarding Updates for Schools
Issued by the Safeguarding in Education Team – these newsletters will keep schools and early years providers up to date with the latest information, tools and support available to assist them to make the best decisions for the children in their care and help keep them safe:
- Education Safeguarding Newsletter late Spring 2019
- Education Safeguarding Newsletter early Spring 2019
- Education Safeguarding Newsletter Winter 2018
- Education Safeguarding Newsletter March 2018
- Education Safeguarding Newsletter January 2018
- Education Safeguarding Newsletter November 2017
- Education Safeguarding Newsletter September 2017
Keeping Children Safe in Education
The revised guidance came into effect on 3 September 2018 and sets out what schools and colleges should do to keep children safe.
Read the new guidance in full on the gov.uk website at www.gov.uk/keeping-children-safe-in-education–2
Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges
Advice for schools and colleges on how to prevent and respond to reports of sexual violence and harassment between children has been published to support schools and colleges. This guidance provides advice to help school and college staff deal with allegations of child-on-child sexual violence and sexual harassment.
Relationships and sex education
The NSPCC and the PHSE Association have created age-appropriate lesson plans for children aged 10-16 (key stages 2-4) on personal safety and healthy relationships.
These are available form the NSPCC website at learning.nspcc.org.uk/schools/making-sense-relationships
Best practice for PE changing rooms
The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) have produced a briefing which provides guidance on how to safeguard children and young people when they are using sports changing facilities. It includes recommended levels of adult supervision and examples of changing-room policies.
Download the fact sheet from the CPSU website at thecpsu.org.uk/safe-use-of-changing-facilities
Designated Safeguarding Leads
Meetings are held termly – email the QA Education Team at QAEducation@manchester.gov.uk for further details and to book a place.
Additional networks are planned for DSLs from independent schools.
Statutory DSL refresher Training
Each school is entitled to one free place every 2 years; schools can book additional places, but there is a cost.
The training is a full day, 9.15am–to 4.00pm.
To book a place email: email@example.com or tele: 0161 227 3643
(please do not contact the MSB Business Unit)
Healthy Schools Manchester
Manchester Healthy Schools works in partnership with a range of organisations and services across Manchester in order to enhance the health and wellbeing offer available to children and young people in the city.
They believe that working in partnership strengthens their ability to provide the best possible support to schools in order to improve health and wellbeing outcomes.
Find out more on their website at www.manchesterhealthyschools.nhs.uk
The Independent Schools Council (ISC) works with colleagues and government officials to ensure these are stripped back to common sense and effective levels so that they are clear in principle and pragmatic and flexible in practice.
Visit their website at www.isc.co.uk for more information and resources.
Rights Respecting Schools Award
Unicef is working with schools to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. Their Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.
Schools work with Unicef on a journey to become fully Rights Respecting. Their Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice within the school and beyond.
Find out more and how to register on the Unicef website at www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools
Find out which 27+ Manchester schools have achieved the Silver: Rights Aware accreditation in the last three years on the Unicef website at www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/silver-schools
Find out which 5+ Manchester schools have achieved the UK Gold: Rights Respecting Schools Award in the last three years on the Unicef website at www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/gold-schools
Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, before the start of the next school day, that a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening.
The information is given in strict confidence to a school’s Key Adult to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child or young person.
Operation Encompass is being rolled out across Manchester schools. Find out more, including how to register, on the partnership website at www.operationencompass.org
Find out more locally from Women’s Aid on their website at www.womensaid.org.uk/operation-encompass
The DVA Forum and Strategy Group have recommended a BBC news item which highlights Operation Encompass and can be viewed on the BBC website at www.bbc.co.uk
Department for Education guidance for schools
The full suite of documents published by the government schools, colleges and children’s services in relation to safeguarding can be found on their website at www.gov.uk/safeguarding-children
- the online tool for schools to give parents advice and tips on preparing their children for adult life – an online service for schools to give parents tips and advice on preparing their children for adult life; it covers a range of issues including: online safety; spotting the signs of self-harm and having a healthy body image.
- What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused: advice for practitioners – advice for professionals on identifying and responding to child abuse (replaces the 2006 version).
- Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services – advice for safeguarding professionals on information sharing; explains relevant legislation and includes key principles and practicalities of sharing personal information (replaces 2008 guidance).
- Keeping children safe in education – full suite of statutory guidance for schools and colleges.
- Counselling in schools: a blueprint for the future – guidance on setting up and improving counselling services for schools in England.
- Working together to safeguard children 2018 – guidance on notifiable incidents and a definition of serious harm.
- Use of reasonable force in schools – guidance for governing bodies, head teachers and school staff on the use of physical restraint.
- Dealing with allegations of abuse against teachers and other staff – guidance is about managing cases of allegations that might indicate a person would pose a risk of harm if they continue to work in regular or close contact with children in their present position, or in any capacity.
- Preventing and tackling bullying – guidance for schools on preventing and responding to bullying; includes guidance on:
- preventing and tackling bullying
- supporting children and young people who are bullied: advice for schools
- cyber bullying: advice for headteachers and school staff
- advice for parents and carers on cyber bullying.
- Female genital mutilation – raising awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) and advice on preventative measures.
- The Prevent Duty: for schools and childcare providers – guidance for schools and childcare providers on preventing children and young people from being drawn into terrorism.
NSPCC guidance, training and support for schools
- Speak Out Stay Safe Service – a programme, offered at no cost to schools, which will ensure all children aged 5-11 learn essential safeguarding information in a lively, interactive and memorable way – find out more on the NSPCC website at learning.nspcc.org.uk/speak-out-stay-safe
- Safeguarding in Education Self-Assessment Tool (ESAT) – a free safeguarding tool which enables school safeguarding leads to audit their school’s current safeguarding arrangements and supports them to make changes and identify areas for developments – get the ESAT on the NSPCC website at learning.nspcc.org.uk/schools/safeguarding-education-self-assessment-tool-esat
- Share Aware – resources and guidance for teachers on helping children to stay safe online – find these on the NSPCC website at learning.nspcc.org.uk/schools/share-aware-teaching
- PANTS (The Underwear Rule) – teaching resources for talking to children about keeping safe – find these on the NSPCC website at learning.nspcc.org.uk/schools/pants-teaching
Safeguarding resources trustees, board member, governors or committee members of a school, charity, trust or association that works with children can be found on the NSPCC website at learning.nspcc.org.uk/safeguarding-child-protection
Prevent programme in schools
How social media is used to encourage travel to Syria and Iraq – a useful briefing note for schools, published by the Home Office and DfE, is available on the gov.uk website at www.gov.uk//the-use-of-social-media-for-online-radicalisation
Prevent online training
This Home Office e-learning offers an introduction to the Prevent duty, and explains how it aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves.
Access the e-Learning via their website at www.elearning.prevent.homeoffice.gov.uk
This is introductory training. It will provide an important foundation on which to develop further knowledge around the risks of radicalisation and the role that everyone can play in supporting those at risk.
The training addresses all forms of terrorism and non-violent extremism, including far right wing and Islamist extremism threatening the UK.
The Foundation Online Learning environment offers a range of Prevent courses on its website at www.foundationonline.org.uk including one aimed at:
- governors and board members
- support staff
- leaders and managers.
Guidance for safer working practice for those working with children and young people in education settings (October 2015) is available from their website www.saferrecruitmentconsortium.org
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