HSCB Model Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedure for Schools
A Model Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedure for Schools has been produced in consultation with local schools to reflect the government’s revised guidance ‘ Keeping Children Safe in Education’ 2018 and local arrangements. It is hoped this will prove useful for schools in the annual review of their internal policies.
National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education:
London Grid for Learning Online Safety Resource Centre
London Grid for Learning have a wide range of excellent online safety and safeguarding resources for parents, teachers and school leaders, which can be filtered by key stage for use in the classroom, available here.
Extremism & Radicalisation
The HSCB has produced additional guidance for schools on interpretation of behaviours that might imply a risk of radicalisation. Access it here.
Educate Against Hate
The Department of Education has produced a leaflet for teachers on building resilience against extremist and radicalising influences. Find out more here.
There is also a guide with tips to help teachers discuss radicalisation with students, available here.
Prevent Duty Guidance
Guidance for specified authorities in England and Wales on the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
In order to fulfil this legal duty schools must understand what is expected of them. They must be aware of the practical steps that they can take to implement effective safeguarding systems, and must develop a good understanding of the nature of these rapidly evolving issues. Follow the link for an outline created by Victvs of the key aspects of the duty that school leadership teams need to be aware of.
The UK government has placed a legal duty on schools to have due regard for the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism. Whilst it is the government’s intention for these efforts to become part of wider safeguarding measures in schools, there are areas of the duty that require specialist knowledge. Follow the link for seven key points that school staff need to be aware of as created by Victvs.
Follow the link below for advice for schools and childcare providers on the Prevent Duty
Sexting guidance for schools and colleges
The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) Education Group has published non-statutory advice for schools and colleges on responding to incidents of sexting. This includes responding to disclosures; handling devices and imagery; risk assessing situations; involving other agencies; information about preventative education; working with parents; reporting imagery to providers.
ChildNet have created a guidance to help schools understand, prevent and respond to cyber bullying. You can access the guidance here.
They have also launched films and activities about cyberbullying, sexting and peer pressure here
E-Safety Training for Children
EST E-Safety Training is an organisation that delivers Roadshows in schools to both pupils and parents. They have worked extensively with Essex and Thurrock Children’s Safeguarding Boards. They are enhanced DBS checked and are qualified Police trainers and CEOP Ambassador trainers. To find out more go to their website http://www.esafetytraining.org/
Child mental health toolkit for schools
The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) has developed a free toolkit for school leaders wishing to assess and improve the support their school provides for children’s well being and mental health. The framework has four stages: deciding to act and identifying what is in place already; getting a shared understanding and commitment to change and development; building relationships and developing practices; implementation and evaluation.