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Keeping Children Safe - September 2016

Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance from the DfE is statutory. It has been revised and the new document comes into force in September 2016. It can be viewed and downloaded at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2

Please find e learning poster attached for downloading , printing off and display in staff rooms etc.  All courses are free provided the course is completed within 4-5 weeks of registration. The E learning courses can be access via phone, tablet, desktop, while at home or at work and you can stop and start the package to suit  yourself.  Once you pass the test you can download and print off a certificate for your own records and those of your manager or setting.


Keeping Children safe in Education - Statutory guidance for schools and colleges

Keeping children safe in education - Information for all school and college staff

Keeping children safe in education: childcare disqualification requirements - supplementary advice


Children Missing Education - September 2016

Updated guidance on identifying children who are missing education and helping them get back into it. Changes have been made to help local authorities and schools in England meet the recent changes to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006. Key points include: children missing education are at significant risk of being victims of harm, exploitation or radicalisation; effective information sharing between parents, schools and local authorities is critical to ensuring that all children of compulsory school age are safe and receiving suitable education.

Further information: Children missing education: statutory guidance for local authorities: September 2016 (PDF)


Online service for schools to give to parents tips and advice on preparing their children for adult life

Launch of a new online service for schools to give parents tips and advice on preparing their children for adult life. It covers a range of issues including: online safety; spotting the signs of self-harm and having a healthy body image.  The new online tool for schools to give parents advice and tips on preparing their children for adult life.


What to do if you're worried a child is being abused: advice for practitioners - March 2015

New advice for professionals on identifying and responding to child abuse. It replaces the previous version of ‘What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused’ (2006). What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused: advice for practitioners (PDF).


Information Sharing - updated March 2015

Advice for safeguarding professionals on information sharing. The advice explains relevant legislation and includes key principles and practicalities of sharing personal information . This advice replaces ‘Information sharing: guidance for practitioners and managers’ (2008).

Information Sharing - Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services (PDF). 


Working Together to safeguard children - March 2015

The Department for Education has published a revised version of the Working together to safeguard children guidance. Changes include: guidance on notifiable incidents and a definition of serious harm. Working together to safeguard children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (PDF). 


Setting up and improving counselling services

Guidance about setting up and improving counselling services for schools in England. Advice includes: counselling should be part of a whole school commitment to improving mental health and well-being, and pupils should be involved in the development and evaluation of the service. Counselling in schools: a blueprint for the future (PDF).



Keeping children safe in education: key changes

The NSPCC has published a briefing on Keeping children safe in education (2016), which will come into force for schools in England on 5 September 2016. Key changes from the 2015 guidance include: reporting female genital mutilation (FGM) is now a mandatory requirement for teachers; the importance of online safety is highlighted; sexting is specifically mentioned as a form of peer on peer abuse which schools should have procedures in place to deal with. More detail on sexting will be added to the guidance before September 2016.

Source: Summary of key changes to Keeping children safe in education Date: 17 June 2016

Further Information: Briefing on key updates to statutory guidance for schools in England - Keeping children safe in education (2016) (PDF)



Ofsted - Safeguarding Children and young people and and young vulnerable adults policy - this link will take you to Ofsted’s policy on identifying and responding to concerns regarding the safeguarding and protection of children and young people, with a specific section on protection of vulnerable adults



Reporting FGM

The FGM reporting duty for Health and Social Care professionals and Teachers came into force on 31 October 2015 for more information please go to the FGM page in this section


Local guidance - click on the relevant document to go to the draft template which you can then adapt for your school

Annual Report Template

Head Teachers Annual report template to the Governing Body on Safeguarding Children 2013/14


Model Child Protection/Safeguarding Policy for Schools - updated February 2017

Please see attached a draft updated safeguarding children policy which you can download and adapt to your school - the updates are In RED so that schools can easily identify them - remember to save your policy. Click here for the draft policy


Annual Safeguarding Audit template

Click here to go to the audit template


Safeguarding Incident Form

Safeguarding Incident Form - click here to download


Safeguarding Leaflet for visitors

Click here for the leaflet


Safeguarding Children Training - click here to identify the right safeguarding children course

This information will help you identify the right Safeguarding Children course to attend.  There is further reference to the underpinning  legal framework at the end of this document.

If you still require further help please contact:


To book onto courses go to http://www.centralbedscpd.co.uk/ and enter via the lilac safeguarding button.



National guidance, training and support


NSPCC guidance 

The NSPCC have recently published a number of helpful Briefing Papers on the theme of how schools, colleges and academies may protect children from neglect; sexual abuse; sexting; sexual exploitation and grooming and entrapment. Please click on  the guidance here.


Recommended adult to child ratios

The NSPCC offers guidance on appropriate levels of supervision for children and young people. This includes advice on: adult to child ratios; toilet ratios; first aid ratios; travelling ratios. Please here to go to the relevant page on the NSPCC website


Safeguarding in Education Self-Assessment Tool (ESAT)

The NSPCC and the Times Educational Supplement have produced a free Safeguarding in Education Self-Assessment Tool (ESAT) which enables school safeguarding leads to audit their school's current safeguarding arrangements and supports them to make changes and identify areas for developments.

Click here for the Self-Assessment Tool


Safeguarding resource and training package for trustees

Are you a trustee, director, board member, governor or committee member of a charity, trust or association that works with children? If so, then this resource is perfect for you and your colleagues.


Staying safe online

Childnet has published guidance to help schools develop effective strategies to understand, prevent and respond to cyberbullying. It has also produced a toolkit for discussing online safety issues in PSHE lessons with students aged 11-14.

Date: 28 November 2016

Further information: Cyberbullying: understand, prevent and respond: guidance for schools

Crossing the line: PSHE toolkit


Lesson Plan and classroom guidance for teachers on helping children stay safe online

The NSPCC has launched free Share Aware lesson plans and classroom guidance for teachers on helping children to stay safe online. These teaching resources have received the PSHE Association quality assurance mark.

Share Aware - resources for schools and teachers 10 November 2015


NSPCC Training

Child protection in education

This online introductory course is aimed at all staff, including volunteers, who work with children in schools and colleges.


Nude selfies

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Today, the National Crime Agency, has launched a campaign for parents to deal with an increase in young people sharing nude selfies.

To give parents the tools to deal with these issues and reduce the dangers of sexting, CEOP have created a series of short animations entitled ‘Nude selfies: What parents and carers need to know’. The new Thinkuknow films are packed with information and advice on helping parents to advise children about avoiding taking risks online, knowing what’s safe and what’s not, and where to get help if anything goes wrong.

The four films are available to watch for free online, cover the following issues:

  • Film 1: Helps parents and carers understand the reasons why young people create and share nude or nearly nude images.
  • Film 2: Helps parents and carers learn about effective strategies for talking to your child about nude or nearly nude images.
  • Film 3: Helps parents and carers understand how to respond if your child discloses that they have shared nude or nearly nude images by risk assessing the different contexts in which images may be shared.
  • Film 4: Helps parents and carers learn about how to get help and support if your child shares nude or nearly nude images.

If you’re a teacher or trainer, you can download the animations and accompanying guidance pack which will provide you with everything you need to deliver a session with families from https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers/.



Protecting children from radicalisation: the prevent duty.

From: Department for Education

First published: 1 July 2015

Part of: Schools: departmental advice, Running a school or college, Schools, colleges and children's services and Safeguarding children.

Click on this link to go to the full document.

How social media is used to encourage travel to Syria and Iraq - Briefing note for schools

FREE awareness raising on line package produced by the College of Policing – not safeguarding specific but helpful that can be accessed via this link:



Prevent online training and enables you to print out Certificates to confirm you have undertaken the course. The website is Foundation Online Learning http://www.foundationonline.org.uk/  and offers the following:

  1. Prevent for Governors and Board members
  2. Prevent for support staff
  3. prevent for practitioners
  4. Prevent for leaders and managers


Safeguarding in education self-assessment tool

This free tool, launched by the NSPCC in partnership with the TES, will help schools to audit their current safeguarding arrangements.


Safer Recruitment

The Safer Recruitment Consortium (NSPCC, Lucy Faithfull Foundation, CAPE and NASS) has published updated guidance to assist schools in developing their staff code of conduct / staff behaviour policy.

Guidance for safer working practice for those working with children and young people in education settings - October 2015


Safer Working

Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children and young people in an educational setting.

Use of Photos on websites and in other publications

The use of photos on websites and in other publications poses direct and indirect risks to children and young people. Organisations wishing to use images of the children they work with or are otherwise in contact with must therefore have a policy in place to safeguard the children involved. Please click here for further guidance



Ofsted Inspection

The Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board (BBSCB) is judged to be 'Good' in a report published today by Ofsted. For more details of the report and a statement by Jenny Myers, Independent Chair of BBSCB can be found here 


Child Sexual Exploitation Conference

‘The More You Know, The More You See’ – Child Sexual Exploitation Conference

Date: Thursday 28th September 2017

Venue: The Rufus Centre, Flitwick

Time: 9:30 – 4:30 (Registration 9:00 – 9:30)

For more details please click here