What is a Designated Safeguarding Lead?

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Everyone has a role to play when it comes to safeguarding, but what role should the designated safeguarding lead person play in protecting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults in your organization?   What is a designated safeguarding lead person?  While every member of staff in a school, college or education setting should be…

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Is your safeguarding training up to date for the new academic year?

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We assume that the start of the 2018 intake year was the same as every year. You had everything perfectly planned and ready to go, then the gates opened on the first morning back and there was suddenly absolute chaos. Everything from staff illness through to a leaky roof in the annex probably happened, and…

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Safeguarding Children from Fake News

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There can be no doubt that the amount of fake news, the language of propaganda, the selective use of statistics and what can only be called actual lies, are a problem for education professionals. Every part of the education chain is facing the same core issue: ensuring that learners are equipped to critically evaluate the…

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Safeguarding in the Lunch Hall

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Free School Meals The spotlight is on the topic of free school meals this week, as today is International School Meals Day. Like us at the Child Protection Company, we suspect many of you will have fond (or not-so fond!) memories of the school lunch hall back in the day, and, indeed, the provision of…

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The Importance of Safeguarding Training in Music Education

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  If you work in Music Education in the United Kingdom, you will likely already be aware of your duty to undertake an appropriate level of safeguarding training. If you are based in a school environment, then you may have taken a safeguarding or child protection training course already. If you haven’t, pay close attention…

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Spotting the Signs of a Child Who Self-Harms

If you suspect that a child has been self-harming, it can be incredibly difficult to know how to approach the topic with them, no matter their age or relationship to you. However, it is always important to deal with your concerns as soon as they arise. Self-harm can become a compulsive behaviour if the correct…

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Ofsted Annual Report 2016/17: Ineffective Safeguarding of ‘Particular Concern’ in 17% of Independent Schools

In the 2016/17 Ofsted Annual Report, which was released to the public today, it became clear that safeguarding is still ineffective in a large number of independent schools across the country. Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman presented the findings as part of her first annual report, which aims to highlight inspection evidence from schools, colleges,…

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Lockdown in Schools – Do we need a standard procedure?

With the focus very firmly on Prevent strategy at the moment, and recent events in London and Manchester adding immediacy to the need for increased security measures in schools, it is no wonder that the issue of lockdowns is in the news. Teaching union NASUWT are calling for the government to issue a standard policy…

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Discussing terrorist attacks in the classroom: a generic framework

It is advised that all schools build PSHE into their planned curriculum, however there are often times where staff need to quickly respond to unforeseen events by acknowledging what has happened and alleviating young people’s worries right away. In the case of a terrorist attack, news can travel fast, and it is often difficult for…

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