New Keeping Children Safe in Education

The government has published the ‘for information’ copy of the Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 that will come into force on 3rd September 2018 for schools and other registered settings and childminders (until then, use Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016)). The headlines for the new statutory guidance include: Emphasis on supporting the needs of children with …

New Keeping Children Safe in Education

Thresholds – What Every Single Member of the Children’s Workforce Needs to Know

I start off every Safeguarding: Basic Awareness session with a practical exercise on thresholds and then a clear diagrammatic explanation of what exactly they mean in theory and then practice. I do this because it gives participants an overview of the safeguarding children services, and some idea of how they as professionals fit into this …

Thresholds – What Every Single Member of the Children’s Workforce Needs to Know

Why Early Intervention is Key to Safeguarding

Years ago I worked as the Bristol City Council Lead Trainer for the Common Assessment Framework (CAF). I, together with a large team of co-trainers, were tasked with delivering training in CAF and a range of other brand new safeguarding initiatives to thousands of professionals across Bristol. CAFs were designed help families get the support they needed at …

Why Early Intervention is Key to Safeguarding

A Few Words on the Importance of Effective Supervision

A couple of weeks ago I delivered my course on Effective Supervision. To be honest, despite having delivered this session dozens of times in the past to project managers and social workers at Bristol City Council, it’s been many years since I’ve actually been called to deliver it, as there hasn’t been much demand. This …

A Few Words on the Importance of Effective Supervision

Taking a Practical Approach to Prevent

As I enter a school I see a really lovely colourful display entitled ‘Fundamental British Values’. There are the headings – Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect and Tolerance for different faiths and beliefs – and posters and quotes from children about what these ideas mean to them in real life. Interestingly, …

Taking a Practical Approach to Prevent

What the Sad Death of Baby Aya Can Tell Us About Working with Fathers

My Safeguarding: Basic Awareness training courses now all set out a list of interesting and important Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) that I advise participants to read and to which I make copious reference to during the training. All SCRs can teach us a tremendous amount about good and poor practice. Ultimately a SCR can teach …

What the Sad Death of Baby Aya Can Tell Us About Working with Fathers

Peer Abuse: Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Between Children

Schools and other settings tell me a lot of their work around safeguarding is taken up with dealing with allegations made by children about other children. Recent headlines have informed us that peer abuse is rising. Last year it was reported that almost 30,000 reports of children being sexually assaulted by another child have been …

Peer Abuse: Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Between Children

Changes to Guidance: Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018

On 14 December 2017, the Department for Education released two safeguarding guidance documents. One was the consultation for the new revised version of the statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ for September 2018, the other is non statutory guidance entitled ‘Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment between children in schools and colleges’ (or what can …

Changes to Guidance: Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018