Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone's responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children to prevent concerns from escalating. All school and college staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn.
Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE, 2019)
Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE, 2019) identifies schools and colleges as being an important part of the wider safeguarding system for children, their staff being in a position to identify concerns early, provide help for children, and prevent concerns from escalating. The information on these safeguarding pages is provided to support the work of schools, to keep them updated on key issues and requirements and to support with training needs to ensure they are equipped to meet the demanded of this challenging work and engage effectively with other partners to keep children in Essex safe.
Autumn Term 2019
Safeguarding Forum for Schools – Agenda and Presentation.
New FGM materials - the Home Office has produced a new FGM facts document, and the National FGM Centre has issued guidance for schools: Female genital mutilation: the facts (Home Office, 2019) and FGM - Guidance for Schools (National FGM Centre, 2019).
Please note that the Level 2 training programme, the model CP Policy and other key documents have been updated over the summer break to reflect the new Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE 2019) and other relevant guidance. They are now available on these pages.
NWG have produced a toolkit in collaboration with several partners about the language to use when working with young people who may be at risk of exploitation. Appropriate language is important when discussing young people who have been exploited or are at risk of exploitation. Language implying that the young person is complicit in any way, or responsible for the crimes that have happened or may happen to them, must be avoided. The toolkit is to support professionals in having conversations about child exploitation.
Key Safeguarding Documents for the Autumn Term 2019: