School Safeguarding

Information:

For any safeguarding enquiry please contact the Education Safeguarding Team:

  • jenny.rowley@cognus.org.uk
  • gillian.bush@cognus.org.uk
  • stephen.welding@cognus.org.uk
  • mick.bradshaw@cognus.org.uk

To refer a concern about a child:  

  • Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) tel: 0208 770 6001
  • Single Point of Access (SPA) for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services tel: 0203 513 3800 

If you or your team require esafety training please contact the education safeguarding training team for further details. LSCB multi-agency training is available to all schools in Sutton.  We offer a full range of eSafety advice and training through the Schools ICT eSafety Manager.  

For specific policies, procedures, referral forms and practice resources to safeguard children follow the links in the navigation bar above.

For the LSCB multi-agency safeguarding training programme, including e-learning follow this link:

Newletters to subscribe to for regular child protection updates, click on these links for further details:

Learning from Serious Case Reviews (SCR) - all reports are published by the NSPCC library service and available online, click on this link: 

 

News updates:

Update 03.09.2018

Keeping children safe in education

The Department for Education (DfE) statutory guidance for schools and colleges in England on Keeping children safe in education comes into force on 3 September 2018. The guidance includes: changes to information for all staff; the management of safeguarding; and a new section covering child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment. Annex H of the guidance provides a table of all changes.

Source: DfE Date: 03 September 2018

The Department for Education (2018b) Sexula violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges: advice for governing bodies, proprietors, headteachers, principles, senior leadership teams and designated safeguarding leads. Link  

 

Update 19.05.2018

Revised Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance published for information only and will come into effect for schools and colleges on 3 September 2018, link until then schools should have regard to KSIE 2016 guidance, link

Update 19.04.2018

  • Contextual Safeguarding for further details click this link
  • NSPCC Harmful Sexual Behaviour framework for further details click this link
  • DfE response to Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 consultation click this- link  
  • School Safeguarding Ambassador Programme click this - link 
  • Sutton LSCB Neglect toolkit click this - link 
  • Samaritan self-harm guides for schools click this - link

 Update 18.12.2017

Keeping children safe in education: proposed revisions

The Department for Education (DfE) is consulting on proposed changes to its statutory guidance on keeping children safe in education. These will reflect the changes being made to the Working together to safeguard children statutory guidance. The consultation also seeks views on a new non-statutory advice document on responding to sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges. Deadline is 22 February 2018.

Source: DfE consultation hub: Keeping children safe in education  Date: 14 December 2017

Further information: Keeping children safe in education: proposed revisions (PDF)

Keeping children safe in education: government consultation (PDF)

Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges (PDF)

Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges

The Department for Education (DfE) has published non-statutory advice for schools and colleges on how to prevent and respond to reports of sexual violence and harassment between children. This covers: what is meant by “sexual violence and harassment between children”; schools’ and colleges’ legal responsibilities; the importance of having a whole school or college approach; how to respond to reports of sexual violence and sexual harassment; safeguarding and supporting all children involved. The NSPCC has published a CASPAR briefing summarising the key points from the document.

Source: DfE summary of Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges Date: 14 December 2017

Further information: Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges: advice for governing bodies, proprietors, headteachers, principals, senior leadership teams and designated safeguarding leads (PDF)

NSPCC CASPAR briefing: Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges

NSPCC online course: managing sexualised behaviour in primary schools 

Update 30.10.2017 Children and young people's mental health - the role of education

The House of Commons Education and Health Select Committees have published responses from the government and from Ofsted to recommendations in the Children and young people’s mental health - the role of education report published by the joint committee on 2 May 2017. Evidence collected by the committees and the recommendations made in the report will help inform proposals to be made in the children and young people’s mental health green paper due to be published at the end of 2017. 

Source: House of Commons Date: 20 October 2017

Further information: Children and young people’s mental health - the role of education: government response to the first joint report of the education and health committees of session 2016–17 (PDF)

 

News update 28.09.2017 Talking about social media use in schools

The UK Safer Internet Centre’s blog advises teachers on supporting pupils to use social media in a healthy way. Tips include: use stories that have been in the media to open up discussions with young people about current affairs, giving them a safe space to test ideas and think critically; focus on behaviours rather than the technology - draw from your experience to provide the support a young person may need.

Source: UK Safer Internet Centre

 

News update 04.09.2017 Speak out. Stay safe. programme for primary schools

The NSPCC  Speak out. Stay safe. assemblies and workshops teach children how to spot the signs of abuse and neglect and helps them to identify the trusted adults they can speak to if they’re worried about themselves or a friend. Find out more and request a visit to your school.  

Further information: NSPCC  

 

Policy update 27.06.2017 ' Safeguarding in Schools'

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing providing information on the safeguarding responsibilities of schools in England including: the role of governing bodies, head teachers and school staff; safe staff recruitment; and procedures for dealing with allegations against members of staff.

Link:  UK Parliament