useful resouces for those involved with Safeguarding and pastoral care

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Please see below for a list of links to sites, documents and references useful to anyone working in Safeguarding and Pastoral care.


The Bichard Inquiry Report

This Inquiry was set up by the Home Secretary to: ‘Urgently enquire into child protection procedures in Humberside Police and Cambridgeshire Constabulary in the light of the recent trial and conviction of Ian Huntley for the murder of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells. In particular to assess the effectiveness of the relevant intelligence-based record keeping, the vetting practices in those forces since 1995 and information sharing with other agencies, and to report to the Home Secretary on matters of local and national relevance and make recommendations as appropriate.’

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Governance handbook for academies, multi-academy trusts and maintained schools

This Governance handbook applies to all those involved in governance, referring throughout to the ‘board’ to emphasise that it applies equally to the governing body of a small maintained school as it does to the board of a large MAT

The Governance handbook is guidance from the Department for Education. It sets out the government’s vision and priorities for effective governance by: outlining the core role and functions of the governing board, summarising and providing a first point of reference on all the legal duties on boards, signposting to more detailed information, guidance and resources and providing information on the support available to boards to be effective.

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Discussion framework to be used in the event of a terrorist attack

Terrorist attacks can create a variety of strong feelings, including curiosity, excitement, anxiety or fear. This document offers a number of questions, they are not intended to be a script but rather should be seen as a bank of possible openings for discussion and you should select those that feel most relevant for the nature and circumstances of the event and the age and readiness of your pupils. There is a ‘vocabulary’ for deconstructing these events which provides an opportunity to explore such events with young people

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School inspection update (March 2017)

This is the ninth edition of ‘School inspection update’ and contains important information for inspectors that reinforces messages from recent training. It is worthwhile reading for Heads, Depeputies and the SLT.

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Autism - A resource pack for school staff

This pack can be of help to any member of staff working in an education setting. It include information about autism, how it may affect children and young people in education settings, information on strategies, interventions and useful resources from the NAS and other organisations.

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Crown Prosecution Service - LGBT Schools Project

This document provides classroom activities and guidance for teachers on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and transgender hate crime

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The Equality Act 2010 and schools

Departmental advice for school leaders, school staff, governing bodies and local authorities. This is non-statutory advice from the Department for Education has been produced to help schools to understand how the Equality Act affects them and how to fulfil their duties under the Act.

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Harmful Sexual Behaviour framework developed by the NSPCC

This framework provides an evidence-informed tool for developing coordinated, multi-agency local responses to children and young people’s harmful sexual behaviour.

The framework seeks to: Support an integrated understanding of, and response to, HSB, Promote the advantage of involving frontline agencies and workers (especially education services) in earlier recognition, assessment and intervention, thus increasing the chances of engaging earlier, Identify a continuum of responses to children and young people displaying HSB, ranging from early community-based identification and support with low-risk cases, to assessment, intervention and intensive work with the highest risk and needs

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Sexting in schools and colleges: Responding to incidents and safeguarding young people

Developed by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety this comprehensive guidance for designated safeguarding leads (DSLs), their deputies, headteachers and senior leadership teams in schools and educational establishments in England.

It covers a wide range of topics such as: Responding to disclosures, Handling devices and imagery, Risk assessing situations, Involving other agencies, including escalation to the police and children’s social care, Recording incidents, Involving parents and Preventative education

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Updated Working Together to Safeguard Children - Feb 2017

"Described as "A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children". This revised and updated document was released this month. Please note it does still state 2015 on the front cover but the acknowlwedgement at the end states 2017"

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Keeping Children Safe in Education

This important document, relevant for all education settings was revised and updated in September 2016

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Updated Child Sexual Exploitation Definition and a guide for practitioners - Feb 2017

"Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology"

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What to do if You're Worried a Child is Being Abused

This advice is has been produced to help practitioners identify child abuse and neglect and take appropriate action in response. It is for is for anyone whose work brings them into contact with children and families, including those who work in early years, social care, health, and education including schools

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A whole school framework for emotional well being and mental health

This is a self-assessment and improvement tool for school leaders. Schools want to provide effective and enjoyable teaching and learning environments, where children and young people fourish. These depend on good staff and student relationships across the whole school, including with governors, and externally with families, the wider community and other services. The tool signposts evidence from research and practice. It offers prompts for debate and activity bringing everyone together and building on existing practice, identifying new programmes and interventions, setting priorities and implementing and evaluating change.

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