This page is intended to provide resources for education settings in Torbay to help keep their children safe. It will be regularly updated with relevant news and documents as they are published.
You will have all seen the guidance published on 27th March 2020 by the government: Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers.
In this it was mentioned that “It is important schools and colleges (led by a DSL or deputy, wherever possible) review and revise their child protection policy and keep it under review as circumstances continue to evolve. In some cases, a COVID-19 annex/addendum that summaries any key COVID-19 related changes might be more effective that re-writing and re-issuing the whole policy”
By now you may have created your own appendix. If not, a template is provided for your guidance which has been edited to highlight where you would need to add your school name and details for DSL’s DDSL’s and specific safeguarding recording procedures.
Covid-19 Safeguarding Policy Template
Covid-19 Operation Encompass
Template Policy for Schools (v4 September 2019)
Transition Document Early Years
Transition Document Post 16
For use in Year 6 / Year 7 transition
Transition Letter to Accompany Transition Protocol
Template policy for Schools
Template policy for Schools
Transgender Guidance for Schools
A guide to supporting trans children and young people - Action for Children
Use this form to report racist incidents to the Local Authority
Click onto the links below for National Guidance documents;
The updated guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2
18th December 2017
The Department for Education is seeking views on changes to the statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) (September 2018). It sets out what schools and colleges should do and the legal duties with which they must comply with to keep children safe. They are also consulting on as new departmental non-statutory advice document covering Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment between Children in Schools and Colleges (December 2017) which has just been issued.
The consultation closes on the 22nd February 2018 and following this consultation, the government proposes to update and replace the current statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education - September 2016. They will also consider revising the non-statutory advice on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment between Children in Schools and Colleges (December 2017) which has just been issued to schools and colleges.
What follows is a brief overview of the main changes proposed for Keeping Children Safe in Education and although the document says September 2018, it should be noted that Working Together to Safeguard Children is likely to be updated in April 2018.
Keeping Children Safe in Education: proposed revisions - September 2018
Status of the guidance
It sets out the legal duties with which schools and colleges must comply and also contains information on what schools and colleges should do (unless they have good reason not to) in order to keep children safe. It should be read alongside statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015, and departmental advice What to do if you are worried a child is being abused - Advice for practitioners.
Brief Overview of Proposed Changes
Additional direction given on schools actions and responsibilities re Early Help, Children who may be at Risk and how they report concerns.
All schools and colleges should have their own individual child protection policy has been added to the guidance as it is important that they reflect local circumstances.
Adds information on schools responsibilities resulting from the changes in the Children and Social Work Act 2017 (CSWA 17) to Looked After Children/Children In Care.
Tightens up the information on Safe Recruitment, DBS Process and Responsibilities in managing concerns.
Changes terminology relating to SCBs to reflect new safeguarding arrangements in the Children and Social Work Act 2017.
Adds a section on schools responsibilities re Private Fostering.
Reminder and clarification of the importance of the Children Missing Education (CME) process and sharing information when children move schools.
Annex A Further Information
Adds more information to information on CME, CSE, HBV and Radicalisation/Prevent.
Add sections on County Lines/ Child Criminal Exploitation and Domestic Abuse.
Very detailed information on Peer on Peer Abuse/Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment between Children in Schools has been in added in line with the new non statutory advice issued by the DfE Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges
Annex B Role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead
Additional Information added re the role of a deputy safeguarding lead and their training and availability requirements.
Annex H details the changes of the proposed revisions to the guidance (including the small changes to Annexes C to G) from the September 2016 version.
We will continue to keep you informed of any further information relating to these changes and will be revising chapters as soon as the new statutory guidance comes into force.