Model Child Protection-Safeguarding Policy & Safeguarding Updates

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Wirral Safeguarding Children Partnership publishes an annual model Child ProtectionSafeguarding policy for schools, and other agencies, and that they can adapt for their own setting – all updated text and links are highlighted in YELLOW

Model-Child Protection-safeguarding-policy-2023-2024Updated April 2024 

Model-Child Protection-safeguarding-policy-appendix-2023-2024Updated April 2024 

The government has asked Ofsted to undertake an immediate review of child protection – safeguarding policies in state and independent schools. The review will look at the extent and the severity of the issue and ensure schools have appropriate processes in place to allow pupils to report concerns freely, knowing these will be taken seriously and dealt with swiftly and appropriately.

A bespoke helpline for children and young people who’ve experienced abuse at school, and for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance. If you are concerned about something, you can contact the NSPCC helpline Report Abuse in Education on 0800 136 663 or email [email protected].

KEY UPDATES:

Date

Organisation

Link

(click below)

26/06/2023
DfE
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 (From 01 Sept 2023)
14/12/2023
DfE
Working Together to Safeguard Children (2023)
01/09/2022
DfE
Behaviour in Schools – advice for Headteachers and school staff
14/04/2022
NSPCC
When to call the police – guidance for schools and colleges
16/06/2024
 
DfE
Promoting and supporting mental health and well-being in schools and colleges  
24/08/2023
DfE
Understanding and dealing with issues of parental responsibility
28/01/2021
DfE
Education attendance restrictions
09/10/2023
DfE
School and College Security
01/09/2021
Ofsted
Sexual violence and
sexual harassment
between children in
schools and colleges
07/09/2023
DfE
Prevent Duty Guidance
24/11/2022
DfE
Safeguarding and Remote Education
16/05/2024
DfE
Managing Outbreaks and incidents
11/03/2024
DfE
Sharing nude and semi-nudes – Advice for educational settings

Review your remote education provision (DfE) – The government has published a document to help schools review their remote learning offer.

  • Ensuring safety by having a clear safeguarding protocol in place and a clear process for children, parents and staff to raise concerns
  • Online safety includes teachers understand how to keep children safe online during remote learning
  • Staff and pupils are aware of how to spot potential wellbeing or mental health issues and how to respond and regular catch-ups with pupils, 1:1 and via assemblies
  • Appropriate and compliant data management systems in place
    Behaviour and attitude.
  • Clear rules for behaviour during remote lessons which pupils and teachers know
    teachers monitor and enforce them.  Teachers monitor and enforce those rules
Remote Learning

There is a range of other guidance available to schools about remote working (Please note this is not an exhaustive list):

• Government guidance – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/safeguarding-and-remote-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19
• NSPCC guidance – https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/news/2020/march/undertaking-remote-teaching-safely#heading-top
• NASUWT checklist – https://www.nasuwt.org.uk/uploads/assets/uploaded/c4f8242f-2a21-4501-af1d8ccb1935d443.pdf

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