What Do We Mean by Child-Centred Safeguarding?

In 2000 in London, an eight-year-old girl from the Ivory Coast, Victoria Climbié, was tortured and murdered by her guardians. During the abuse, Climbié was burnt with cigarettes and scalded with boiling water, tied up for days, and hit with bike chains, hammers and wires. Up to her death, the police, the Social Services Department of four local authorities, the NHS, …

What Do We Mean by Child-Centred Safeguarding?

Safeguarding Policies – What You Need to Know

Many settings have been able to take a break for a few weeks over the summer, while others have worked throughout August. However you have spent the last few weeks, September always seems to offer the opportunity to review and refresh practice in many respects. In terms of safeguarding, that may mean delivering refresher training …

Safeguarding Policies – What You Need to Know

What Is the Role of the Designated Teacher?

It is Foster Care Fortnight to help raise awareness of fostering and of children in foster care. I frequently deliver Safeguarding: Basic Awareness training for foster carers and have immense respect for their wisdom, humour and resilience. Children in Care are extremely vulnerable as most have faced abuse, trauma and/or neglect and the support they …

What Is the Role of the Designated Teacher?

What Do You Need to Know About Fabricated and Induced Illness Syndrome?

My Safeguarding: Basic Awareness training is an opportunity to learn about and discuss a range different types of abuse with the aim of ensuring participants are better prepared to spot potential risks to children. One of the most challenging types of abuse in terms of understanding and awareness is Fabricated and Induced Illness Syndrome. Fabricated and …

What Do You Need to Know About Fabricated and Induced Illness Syndrome?

New Safeguarding Guidance in the Early Years Foundation Stage 2017

Some early years settings have recently made me aware of the new Early Years Foundation Stage 2017 – including some changes affecting safeguarding guidance. The EYFS sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All Ofsted-registered early years providers in England must follow the EYFS, including: schools, …

New Safeguarding Guidance in the Early Years Foundation Stage 2017

Are You up to Date with Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)?

After a year of consultation, the government this week issued a standard definition of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). The new statutory definition is: ‘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 …

Are You up to Date with Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)?