Safeguarding in Education

Working in partnership with STSA

Introduction

Safeguarding children – the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm – is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play. All schools and colleges have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are pupils. This duty is placed on Maintained schools and further education institutions (including sixth-form colleges) under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 and on independent schools (including academies and free schools) by virtue of regulations made under section 157 of this act.

The Department for Education (DfE) statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (April 2014) replaces Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education (December 2006). This statutory guidance is required reading for all school governors, proprietors and leaders. Part one of this guidance, which should be read by all staff, is published as a separate document Keeping Children Safe in Education: information for all school and college staff, which can be downloaded below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2

Education Safeguarding Officer Jatinder Matharu

DD: 01753 875068

Email: Jatinder.matharu@slough.gov.uk

 

Safeguarding in Education Conference

Aim of the event:

  • To share best practice in safeguarding for the education and early years sector
  • To disseminate the findings/themes from the Sec 175 safeguarding audits
  • To share new initiatives/projects and provide networking opportunities

Date of Conference: 27 March 2018

Venue: Eton Rowing Club, Dorney Lake

For further details please contact Jatinder Matharu (contact details as shown above)

 

Safeguarding in Education Projects Update 2018

CES Project

  • For Year 8 (max 15) student’s to create and perform their own play based on Child Sexual Exploitation and related issues such as unhealthy relationships, drug use and youth violence. This will provide valuable insight, information and understanding to the difficulties and risks young people face today in recognition of the national CSE Awareness Day.
  • Two schools are working with the theatre company and the auditions will take place February 2018.  Two sessions (1 hour each) delivered by a professional theatre group who use the tool of performance to tackle social issues & educate in schools. The students who take part will be able to learn from the professionals about CSE Awareness and practical theatre skills which will enable them to build their own play.
  • Final performance of the winning team will take place CSE Awareness Day campaign 18th March 2018.

Healthy Relationships - LIME Project

  • The programme will launch in September 2018 and is a long term modular education plan delivered in weekly sessions over a term. Specifically designed with digital resources with complementary activities, exercises and learning materials to develop and improve decision-making.
  • The programme will start in primary through to secondary building each year on making safe choice through an interactive method. All schools are aware of the project and some schools are working on developing and piloting the programme.
  • Thames Valley Wide Cyber Crime Project (healthy relationships, inappropriate images, sexting etc.)
  • The Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) has fully funded this project. The bid was put together by Bucks and Oxford with Alter ego, the Theatre Company. It is aimed at Year 6 children (aged 10 & 11years old). We will have access to 6 performances for Slough in autumn 2018.
  • The aim of the project is the prevention and reduction of cybercrime, specifically understanding what constitutes a healthy relationship online, considering topics such as grooming, sharing of inappropriate images, sexting and cyberbullying. I know there is an appetite for this with schools as it is an agenda most schools are struggling with and we do not have any anti bullying coordinator type role at SBC to support schools around this agenda. I will be sharing this with DSL’s and PHSE leads in Primary schools through my termly forums. They will also develop a resource pack along side the training. 

Mapping of training in schools

  • A mapping exercise of providers offering safeguarding training have been mapped and this will be collated to explore any overlap and where possible joint delivery to take place.
  • The mapping will also help to see what messages are going into schools. Are they consistent? It will assist with a look at quality assurance function as well as provide schools with a list of training available through the websites.