Safeguarding in Education
The Safeguarding Schools Officer supports schools and all education establishments to ensure they are compliant with government guidance in respect of safeguarding responsibilities and training requirements, the officer provides advice and consultation on safeguarding issues, and facilitates where necessary liaising with social care.
- Michelle Hodges
- Telephone Number: 01484 221 919
The Virtual School has a role both in supporting Individual Children and Young People in Care and care leavers with their educational attainment, and in supporting schools, foster carers, Children’s Social Work Service practitioners, school governors and other relevant partners in delivering their corporate parenting responsibilities.
Janet Tolley is the Head of the Virtual School for Children and Young People in Care in Kirklees.
Janet and her team can be contacted on 01484 225180 or at: firstname.lastname@example.org
NSPCC Briefing Documents for Schools
- Protecting children from abuse of position of trust
- How we can help you to keep children safe
- Safeguarding considerations for before and after school (dropping off and picking up)
Ofsted inspects and regulates those providing education and skills for learners of all ages. The Safeguarding Board recommends that all education establishments familiarise themselves with the Ofsted website – you can also sign up to receive updates.
- The Ofsted Safeguarding Children page contains questions and answers about inspections, the single central record, employment checks and CRB disclosure.
- The procedure for notification of a serious childcare incident to Ofsted is now covered by an online reporting service.
- Independent schools should also refer to the Independent Schools Inspectorate website.
Lucy and the Boy – short animated video highlighting the risks of sharing personal information with strangers online.
I Saw Your Willy– short video, using an example of a boy that shares a picture of his willy, to show the dangers of sharing private images and how quickly such pictures can spread.
NSPCC – Share Aware Guide – a guide produced to empower parents to keep their children safe online. It includes conversation starters to help parents discuss online safety and advice on what to do if things go wrong online. For printed versions of this resource, please see below on additional resources
NSPCC – a short video for young people entitled “How do I know if I’m being groomed.”
Net Aware – a comprehensive guide for parents on over 50 of the top social networks, apps and games that young people use. It includes key facts for each site, recommended age ratings, and information about safety features.
Talking to your child about staying safe online – advice and tips on how to have effective conversations with your children about an array of online topics, including cyberbullying, online porn, and sharing images and information.
Parental controls – information on how parental controls can be used to help keep children safe online. Discusses the benefits of parental controls and gives practical advice on how to put them in place.
Sexting: advice for parents – information from the NSPCC, explaining what sexting is, what the risks are, and how to talk to your child about the issues.
Online porn– conversation starters for parents to help them discuss online porn with their children.
Pants Resource – NSPCC Guide to schools, parents and carers
- Staying safe online– a Childline page offering tips to young people on online safety. Includes information on posting online, online communities, and online bullying.
- Online grooming– anadvice page, looking at what online grooming is, how it happens, and what you can do to keep yourself safe.
- Sexting- information on what sexting is, what the risks are, and what you can do if someone sends you a picture or asks for one.
- Mobile phone safety– an advice page, focusing on how to use your phone safely. It covers what you should do if you are being bullied through your mobile or being pressured to share your phone number.
- Online gaming- ChildLine content, giving advice on how to stay safe when gaming. It discusses voice chat, online bullying, and how to keep a record of abusive messages.
- Online porn- fact page, discussing what porn is, whether it’s normal to look at porn, and how porn makes you feel. It also gives advice on what you can do if you feel under pressure after watching porn, have been caught watching porn, or are concerned that you are watching too much porn.
- Zipit– ChildLine’s first ever app, designed to help young people stay in control if they are asked to send a naked picture of themselves. It provides witty comebacks and pictures which enable young people to diffuse the situation and stay safe. It is free to download and available on Android, Blackberry and Apple smartphones.
Professionals Online Safety Helpline 0844 381 4772 – email@example.com
Do you have a cyberbullying or digital safety concern?
The UK Safer Internet Centre has been funded by the European Commission to provide a Helpline for professionals who work with children and young people in the UK, specifically tackling the area of online safety. The Helpline provide support with all aspects of digital and online issues such as social networking sites, cyber-bullying, sexting, online gaming and child protection online. The Helpline aims to resolve issues professionals face about themselves, such as protecting professional identity and reputation, as well as young people in relation to online safety.
Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. The Helpline can be emailed at any time, and these will be responded to during their normal working hours.
Find out more by visiting the Helpline section of the UK Safer Internet Centres website
We have joined forces with 02 to provide parents with the skills and knowledge that they need to keep their children safe online. As part of the partnership, we are delivering the following initiatives, which we are happy for you to link to on your website.
- O2 NSPCC online safety helpline– parents are able to call the helpline for advice and support on setting up parental controls, adjusting privacy settings, understanding social networks and more. They can access the helpline for free by ringing 0808 800 5002 or can find more information here-
- Parent workshops– from January 2016, we will be working with 02 to provide parent online safety workshops across the UK. Parents or organisations including schools or businesses can register their interest and request for workshops to be held in their area on the NSPCC website-
- Share Aware parent leaflets – If you require hard copies of our Share Aware leaflets you will be able to order small quantities (Up to 50) by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would be interested in ordering large numbers at a cost price, please contact email@example.com
- Teaching materials– resources based on the NSPCC animations ‘I saw your willy’ and ‘Lucy and the Boy’, will be available for teachers from November 2015. They will support teachers to deliver online safety lessons to children aged 8-12
- For information on Online Messaging Platforms click here.
- Minded for families – There is a new package of support and advice to parents and school professionals who identify causes for concern around many safeguarding issues including online risk taking behaviour. Please click here to access the package.
West Yorkshire Consortium Safeguarding Children Procedures
These are the multi-agency procedures to be followed by all agencies working with children and families in Kirklees. The procedures encourage close working early intervention in a supportive way to meet the needs of children and their families. The procedures are available in electronic format only and can be accessed on the following link: Safeguarding Children Procedures.
Elective home Education
- Elective Home Education – Information for Professionals
Safeguarding in Schools Service 2018/19
FAO Head teachers, Business managers and Designated Safeguarding Lead professionals, from September 2017, the Kirklees Safeguarding in Schools service will become a traded service.
To receive ongoing support and the recommended training that your school requires, prices have been calculated at a cost of 25p per pupil per annum in your school (including Nursery and Sixth Form and based on October 2016 census). Course costs are additional as follows:
In line with recommendations of HM Government guidance document – Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2018, the School Safeguarding Officer will provide the following:
- Face to face Basic Awareness in Child Safeguarding training to ensure all your staff meet the required guidelines
- Course size up to 50 delegates – £250
- Course size up to 100 delegates – £400
- Roles & Responsibilities of the DSL (full day course) – £80 per delegate
- DSL Refresher Course – (half day update course) – £40 per delegate
- Access to centrally held course training certificates (no additional cost)
- Specialist Advice (as part of 25p per pupil)
- Provision of safeguarding updates (national and local authority) to head teachers and Designated Safeguarding Lead professionals
- Attendance at Head Teacher Forums and Designated Safeguarding Lead Forums
- Telephone and face to face consultation as required (between 9 am and 5 pm Mon- Fri)
- Monitored email support at firstname.lastname@example.org (for non-urgent advice between 9 am and 5 pm Mon- Fri)
- Administration of the annual Schools Safeguarding Audit.
If your school would prefer not to buy in to this service, access to courses would be charged at the following rates:
1. Basic Awareness up to 50 attendees (minimum 20 attendees) – £350
2. Basic Awareness above 50 attendees (maximum 100 attendees) – £550
3. Roles and Responsibilities Course (full day course) – £105 per delegate
4. DSL Refresher Course (half day update course) – £60 per delegate
In addition, schools may wish to buy a bespoke School Safeguarding Review (approximately 3-4 hours) completed in school which includes a tailored report.
Costs for this service are as follows:
Trading Primary Schools: £150
Non trading Primary Schools: £200
Trading High Schools: £300
Non trading High Schools: £400
Please email email@example.com to indicate your wish or otherwise to purchase this service, or with questions you may have.
Acceptable Use Policies for the following:
- School staff
- Temporary or supply staff & visitors to school
- Community users of school computers
- Secondary students
- KS2 pupils
- KS1 pupils
- Early years pupils
The UK Safer Internet Centre runs a helpline that professionals can call for advice on digitial and online issues, and display materials are also available.
Online Safety posters for display in schools
KSCB has produced a range of awareness raising posters that can be downloaded and displayed in school classrooms:
- Do you really know who you’re talking to online?
- Don’t let the cyber-bullies get to you
- What are you saying about yourself online?
- Do you know the true cost of what you’re downloading online?
- Do you really know what your children are viewing on line?
- Parental Guide – Nintendo Switch
- Parental Guide – WiiU
- Parental Guide – xbox360
- Parental Guide – xboxone
- Parental Guide – Nintendo 3DS
- Parental Guide – Playstation
Sexting in schools and colleges
The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) has just released latest guidance for schools and colleges on the growing issue of Sexting and its implications for pupils and students.
It makes interesting reading and provides excellent advice to schools including the actions likely to be implemented by the police in the event of a sexting matter being reported to them.
This document has the backing of HM Government, the DfE and all leading child safeguarding professional bodies.
Mental Health – Support for Schools and Parents
- Mental Health Foundation: The truth about self-harm for young people and their friends and families
- Young Minds
- Northamptonshire Mental Health Gateway
- National Children’s Bureau – A whole school framework for emotional well being and mental health
Safeguarding Information for Governors
- Governor Briefing
- Tackling bullying in schools: a governor’s guide – Anti-bullying Alliance January 2011 This guide addresses the key issues and challenges that are relevant for governors. It provides advice, questions to ask head teachers, top tips and details of further resources.
Child Sexual Exploitation
Governors may be aware of wide press coverage in recent months which has detailed criminal trials in relation to child sexual exploitation. The Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board wants to ensure that Kirklees has a strategic response to sexual exploitation in order to safeguarding our children and young people. Schools have a part to play in keeping children safe and sexual exploitation is child abuse which may remain hidden because people are not always able to identify it as abuse. We need to make sure that our children and young people are made aware of what form this exploitation may take and be equipped with strategies to enable them recognise it and make wise choices and stay safe. Updated 30 October 2018
- Working Together to Safeguard Children (July 2018)
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) (Ministry of Justice/Home Office March 2015)
- Keeping Children Safe in Education
- Domestic Violence Notifications to Schools – Operation Encompass
- Sample School Safeguarding Policy 2018-19
- Sample Child Protection Policy/Procedure 2018-19
- Kirklees School Notification Protocol
- Children missing education – guidance for schools
- Leave of absence – guidance for schools
- Children missing education – policy and procedures
Early Help Assessment
- Information about EHA, support available from the EHA team, and the Kirklees handbook for practitioners can be found on the Kirklees Council website.
- A EHA e-learning course explaining what the EHA is, why it is important, how to recognise the need to have an assessment, and how to have an assessment completed is available by contacting training on 01484 416290.
If your school has any top tips or documentation that you think might assist others please send by email to KSCB.Admin@kirklees.gov.uk and mark for the attention of the Safeguarding Officer for Education & Learning. Many of the policies below are from Kirklees schools who have given their permission for documents to be shared.
- Anti-bullying policy (Birkby Junior School, June 2012)
- Anti-bullying policy (Castle Hill School, 2011)
- Attendance policy (North Huddersfield Learning Community 2012/13)
- Child Anti-bullying booklet (Reinwood Nursery & Infant School)
- Children missing from education (Social Care, July 2012)
- Code of Conduct – Values & Behaviours (Kirklees College, September 2014)
- Code of Conduct (Kirklees, October 2018)
- Confidentiality policy (Castle Hill School, January 2012)
- Guidelines on Personal Relationships at Work (Kirklees College, September 2014)
- Guidelines on Physical Contact with Students (Kirklees College, September 2014)
- Guidlines to Kirklees Schools on Developing a Bereavement Policy (Kirklees Council, 2013)
- Induction Checklist for New Staff, Students & Volunteers (Birkby Junior School May 2012)
- Intimate care policy (Castle Hill School, 2012)
- Intimate and Personal Care Policy (Shepley First School, 2017)
- LAC Policy (Crosland Moor Junior School)
- LAC Policy (Pupil Referral Service)
- Positive behaviour policy (Birkby Junior School, January 2012)
- Record of concern form (Westmoor Junior School, May 2012)
- Request for response from Children’s Social Care (Battyeford Primary School, 2012)
- School Safety Plan – Children who display sexually harmful behaviour (08/12/2015)
- Social Networking Code of Practice (Kirklees College, September 2014)
- Staff Behaviour Policy (2014)
- The Education of Looked After Children (Castle Hill School, 2011)
- Photographs at events – Press release from the Information Commissioner’s Office June 2010
- Use of mobile phones in Primary schools (Kirklees Learning Service, March 2012)
- Use of mobile phones in Secondary schools (Kirklees Learning Service, 2011)
- Using ICT equipment including the internet – Professional responsibilities (Kirklees Council, June 2011)
- TAF: Lead Professional Checklist (Diamond Wood Academy May 2016)