useful resources for those involved with Safeguarding and pastoral care


Energy Drinks - Key facts

Energy drinks are stimulants and are now readily available in most supermarkets, petrol stations and even your local corner shop.

Consumption of energy drinks can lead to a variety of different behaviours, including a lack of concentration and hyperactivity. Furthermore, as the caffeine wears off, this can lead to ‘a crash’ or a time of very low energy

This report uncovers some key facts, statistics and reseach into the consumption and impact of energy drinks - perhaps some of the facts could be topic starters for class discussions

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All-Party Parliamentary Group on Children of Alcoholics - Report

One in five children in the UK lives with a parent who drinks too much – that’s over 2.5 million children.1 They are Britain’s innocent victims of drink.

This manifesto sets out the 10 key points the Government needs to address if children of alcoholics are to be properly supported and the shocking rise in problem drinking halted.

click here to download the report (pdf)

A report investigating young people’s experiences of appearance-based bullying.

New findings from YMCA England and Wales show that 55% of young people have been bullied about the way they look. Their research is based on interviewing more than 1000 young people. The research report is called "In Your Face" and is part of the Dove "Be Real" campaign.

click here to download the report (pdf)

Beyond referrals: levers for addressing harmful sexual behaviour in schools

Young people report that schools are locations where students can encounter sexual harm. This can involve a range of harmful sexual behaviours from name-calling and sexual bullying to sexual assault. Schools are also places that can provide safety to young people and promote positive ideas about gender and relationships.

The Contextual Safeguarding team, supported by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission, have created a range of resources for schools, multi-agency partnerships and inspectorates for tackling harmful sexual behaviour in schools. This includes a traffic-light tool for self- assessment, a series of 5 webinars that explain how to use the tool and an Excel spreadsheet to record the scores of self-assessment.

To begin, download the HSB traffic-light tool. Before completing the assessment make sure to watch the webinar series. The webinars explain how to use the tool and carry out the assessment for each of the four areas: structures and systems, prevention, identification and response and intervention. The Excel spreadsheet can be downloaded and used to record your score and create your own visualisation.

click here to download the HSB assessment tool sheet (landscape pdf)
click here to download the HSB assessment tool sheet (portrait pdf)
click here to download the HSB assessment scoresheet (excel)
click here to visit the web site to access the webinars

Childline videos for Teachers, children and Young people

Childline has developed an extensive library of short films on YouTube covering a wide range of topics relevant to children and young people. Issues addressed include 'Coping with Stress', 'Make ups and Break Ups', 'Drugs', 'Revenge Porn', 'Handling Relationships' and lots more. They can be used as discussion starters, lesson aids or just a resource for pointing children and young people to individually.

click here to view the library

Education for a Connected World

The UKCCIS (UK Council for Child Internet Safety) Education Working Group have devleoped a tool for anyone who works with children and young people. It enables the development of teaching and learning as well as guidance to support children and young people to live knowledgeably, responsibly and safely in a digital world.

It focuses specifically on eight different aspects of online education: 1. Self-image and Identity, 2. Online relationships, 3. Online reputation, 4. Online bullying, 5. Managing online information, 6. Health, wellbeing and lifestyle, 7. Privacy and security and 8. Copyright and ownership. The framework aims to support and broaden the provision of online safety education, so that it is empowering, builds resilience and effects positive culture change across 4 key agea groups: Early Years to 7, 7-11, 11-14 and 14-18

click here to download the tool (pdf)

Providing mental health support in UK schools

Schools today are increasingly under pressure to not only achieve academic excellence, but also to cope with a growing number of pupils who are struggling with their wellbeing. Many choose to turn to mental health services, including counselling and psychotherapy, to help pupils who might not be able to access specialist CAMHS support for reasons such as not reaching thresholds or extensive waiting lists. However, school leaders are not not necessarily mental experts and so it can be diffcult for them to know what kind of support is needed.

Place2Be has partnered with leading professional bodies, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the school leaders’ union NAHT, to provide a clear view of the challenges and opportunities facing both schools and mental health professionals in the UK today.

click here to download the report (PDF)

Children missing education

The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) has published findings following a freedom of information request to establish the number of children missing education in England

click here to download the report (pdf)

Grooming: What it is, signs and how to protect children

The NSPCC have produced an information sheet about grooming. It covers, amongst other things, Signs, How it Happens, Things you May Notice, How Common is it and Who is Affected

click here to view the site

Safer Internet Day
- Education Pack for 11-14s

The team at h2b Safer have developed this education pack providing a range of resources to help you deliver sessions with 11-14 year olds, whether you are a school, youth group, library, police service, or wider. It includes lesson plans, assembly presentation, dram ascripts, poster, quick activities, whole school and community activities

click here to Download the zip file

Safer Internet Day
- Education Pack for 7-11s

The team at h2b Safer have developed this education pack providing a range of resources to help you deliver sessions with 7-11 year olds, It includes lesson plans, assembly presentation, dram ascripts, poster, quick activities, whole school and community activities

click here to Download the zip file

Creating an LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum in Secondary School

- a new handbook for secondary schools produced by the Stonewall and sponsored by Pearson - advises teachers on how they can make the curriculum more welcoming for LGBT pupils.

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Internet Safety For KS3:
A presentation teachers can use in their classrooms.

The team at h2b Safer have developed this presentation and accompanying lesson plan which covers three case studies, inspired by a composite of real events.

They cover Sxtortion, Sxting and Anonymous Messaging, giving pupils the opportunity to think about the consequences of what they say online and crucially, who they can go to if they make a mistake.

click here to view/download the Powerpoint file click here to view/download the accompanying Word file

Searching, screening and confiscation: Advice for headteachers, school staff and governing bodies

This advice is intended to explain schools’ powers of screening and searching pupils so that school staff have the confidence to use them. In particular, it explains the use of the power to search pupils without consent. It also explains the powers schools have to seize and then confiscate items found during a search. It includes statutory guidance which schools must have regard to.

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Guide on Talking to Children and Young People about Terrorism Attacks

The team at h2b Safer have created this eBooklet guide with advice on how to talk to children and young people about terrorism attacks, with a focus to how they are exposed to information online.

They have also included a hand-out page that you can give to each year group; Under 5, Primary and Tweens & Teens.

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Life in ‘likes’ - Children’s Commissioner report into social media use among 8-12 year olds

Most social media platforms have a minimum age limit of 13, but research shows a growing number of children aged under 13 are using social media, with 3 in 4 children aged 10-12 having their own accounts

While much is known about how teenagers use social media, this research provides the missing piece to the story, exploring the social media lives of children before they reach the teenage years

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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 18 February 2018.

Link to Consultation Survey -

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Keeping Children Safe in Education Consultation Document

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Keeping Children Safe in Education Proposed Revisions

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Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges


Peer-on-Peer abuse Guidance and template policy

The Safeguarding Unit at Farrer and Co has produced a template peer-on-peer abuse policy which encapsulates a Contextual Safeguarding approach, in collaboration with Dr Carlene Firmin, MBE – who is a leading expert on peer-on-peer abuse, and the driving force behind Contextual Safeguarding in this country

Contextual Safeguarding expands the objectives of child protection systems in recognition that children are vulnerable to abuse in a range of social contexts

© Farrer and Co LLP, and Dr Carlene Firmin, University of Bedfordshire, December 2017. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) License.

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National action plan to tackle child abuse linked to faith or belief

This action plan is intended to help raise awareness of the issue of child abuse linked to faith or belief and to encourage practical steps to be taken to prevent such abuse. It has been developed through partnership on the National Working Group between central government and local statutory partners, faith leaders, voluntary sector organisations and the Metropolitan Police.

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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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