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:

Keeping Children Safe in Education

The DfE has revised its statutory safeguarding guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) for all schools and colleges

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 website at–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.

Read this guidance at

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

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Networks for Designated Safeguarding Leads
Meetings are held termly – email the QA Education Team at 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:  or tele: 0161 227 3643 

(please do not contact the MSB Business Unit)

Healthy Schools Manchester

Manchester Healthy Schools Team has been working in partnership with Manchester schools for many years – tackling health inequalities and improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people. In November 2016, the team merged with the School Nursing service to create the School Health Service; closely aligning the work of both teams to the Healthy Child Programme.

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

Independent Schools

Safeguarding and the safety of pupils is of paramount importance to schools. Over recent years a ‘bewildering array’ of requirements, guidance and statutory guidance has been issued by the government.

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 for more information and resources.

Rights Respecting Schools Award

The Rights Respecting Schools Award puts children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK.

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

Find out which 27+ Manchester schools have achieved the Silver: Rights Aware accreditation in the last three years on the Unicef website at

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

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.

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

Find out more locally from Women’s Aid on their website at

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

Department for Education guidance for schools

Visit the website at for a full suite of current Department for Education guidance.

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

These include:

NSPCC guidance, training and support for schools

The NSPCC has a range of resources for schools which can be found on their website at

These include:

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

Prevent programme in schools

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.

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 website at

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

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 including one aimed at:

  • governors and board members
  • support staff
  • practitioners
  • leaders and managers.

Safer Recruitment

The Safer Recruitment Consortium (NSPCC, Lucy Faithfull Foundation, CAPE and NASS) has published guidance to assist schools in developing their staff code of conduct / staff behaviour policy

Guidance for safer working practice for those working with children and young people in education settings (October 2015) is available from their website

Downloads on this page:


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