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

Has at Least One Member of Your Setting Who Sits on Recruitment Panels Been Trained in Safer Recruitment?

I often repeat the phrase during training that ‘People who seek to sexually abuse children will seek work which means they have increased access to children.’ Part of creating a culture of vigilance means ensuring that all the pre-employment and ongoing checks we carry out on staff and volunteers are carried out as a matter …

Has at Least One Member of Your Setting Who Sits on Recruitment Panels Been Trained in Safer Recruitment?

Consultation: Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018

My very experienced social worker colleagues have told me that changes to national laws and guidance in relation to safeguarding used to be expected every 10-15 years. Nowadays, as I like to share on my safeguarding training, the pace of change has vastly increased and major reviews of legislation and/or key guidance now occur with …

Consultation: Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018

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?