Torbay Safeguarding Children Board

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.

News

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 - September2016. 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.

Annex H breaks down the proposed changes in more detail

 

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 December 2017

 

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.

Documents and guidance

TSCB Transgender Guidance for schools V1 Oct17

Transgender Guidance for Schools

SGE3 Racist incident reporting form

Use this form to report racist incidents to the Local Authority

Child Friendly Child Protection Policy

Template policy for Schools

Parent / Carer Child Protection Policy

Template policy for Schools

Torbay Template Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Template policy for Schools (v2 September 2018)

Torbay Template Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy - a guide to changes

Template policy for Schools with amendments highlighted (v2 September 2018)

Early Years Transition Form

For use by Early Years settings on transition to School

Post 16 Transition Form

For use by Secondary Schools on transition to FE settings

TAPS Year 6 Transition Form

For use in Year 6 / Year 7 transition

Research by the NSPCC has shown that the majority of children who contact ChildLine are over 11 years old. However, we know that the majority of children subject to a child protection plan are under the age of 11.

The ChildLine Schools Service will focus on primary school children from age 7 -11 years, with a particular focus on 9 -11 year olds initially. The aim is to visit every primary school in the UK at least every two years. By focusing the main objectives as outlined below, Childline aim to reach every primary school in the UK and start a societal change that will bring about a long term reduction in child cruelty.

Objectives

  • To ensure children have an understanding of abuse in all its forms, including bullying, and an ability to recognise the signs of abuse.To ensure children know how to protect themselves from all forms of abuse.
  • To make them aware of how to get help and sources of help (including ChildLine).

How is this achieved?

The schools programme is initially aimed at Year 5 and Year 6 pupils and consists of an assembly style presentation followed by workshops in individual classes. The materials have been developed to ensure age appropriateness and are delivered with respect and sensitivity for the children. Accompanying materials are also provided to reinforce learning.

The assembly style presentation to the whole year group(s) lasts for approximately 30 minutes and aims to provide the following:

  • A video clip is played to give the children some information about ChildLine and to explain what happens when someone contacts ChildLine.
  • An introduction to the subject of abuse covering physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and bullying. This is achieved by conducting a “bag of worries” activity and encouraging children to identify a wide range of issues that may cause a child to feel worried, upset, anxious or frightened.
  • Identify a range of sources of help and support.
  • Reinforcing the message that children have the right to be safe, to be listened to and to be able to find help and support.

After the visit, pupils are provided with an activities booklet containing a crossword, word search and acrostic activities which reinforce the key messages from the presentation.

The workshop is delivered to individual classes approximately 1 to 2 weeks after the presentation and lasts for approximately one hour. The content of the workshop is as follows:

  • Recap on the learning from the presentation.
  • The class will then be presented with a range of statements which they are asked to agree or disagree with.
  • Working in smaller groups pupils explore and discuss their understanding of “good touching and wrong touching”.  Then, using a series of written statements, groups consider different situations and behaviours in the context of helping to understand possible signs of sexual abuse.  
  • Using a case study on neglect; working in small groups, pupils are invited to explore the feelings, behaviour and impact that may surround a situation involving neglect. Class discussion follows which enables a wider consideration of the emotional context of such a situation and linking this to other aspects of abuse.
  • Pupils develop their own “Buddy kit”. The Buddy kit is designed to help children protect themselves by identifying their own personal network of sources of help and support.
  • Reinforcing the message that children have the right to be safe, to be listened to and to be able to find help and support.

After the workshop pupils are provided with a finger flexor to reinforce learning in a fun and colourful way and with ChildLine wallet cards.

For further information please contact the NSPCC Schools Service Area Coordinator for Torbay.

Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools before 9am on a school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening.

For further information please follow the following links:

http://www.operationencompass.org/

http://www.operationencompass.org/documentation


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