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Keeping Children Safe - Updated September 2018

Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance from the DfE is statutory. It has been revised and the new document comes into force in September 2018. It can be viewed and downloaded at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2

Please find e learning poster attached for downloading , printing off and display in staff rooms etc.  All courses are free provided the course is completed within 4-5 weeks of registration. The E learning courses can be access via phone, tablet, desktop, while at home or at work and you can stop and start the package to suit  yourself.  Once you pass the test you can download and print off a certificate for your own records and those of your manager or setting.


Keeping Children safe in Education - Statutory guidance for schools and colleges

Keeping children safe in education - Information for all school and college staff

Keeping children safe in education: childcare disqualification requirements - supplementary advice


Children Missing Education - September 2016

Updated guidance on identifying children who are missing education and helping them get back into it. Changes have been made to help local authorities and schools in England meet the recent changes to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006. Key points include: children missing education are at significant risk of being victims of harm, exploitation or radicalisation; effective information sharing between parents, schools and local authorities is critical to ensuring that all children of compulsory school age are safe and receiving suitable education.

Further information: Children missing education: statutory guidance for local authorities: September 2016 (PDF)


Online service for schools to give to parents tips and advice on preparing their children for adult life

Launch of a new online service for schools to give parents tips and advice on preparing their children for adult life. It covers a range of issues including: online safety; spotting the signs of self-harm and having a healthy body image.  The new online tool for schools to give parents advice and tips on preparing their children for adult life.


What to do if you're worried a child is being abused: advice for practitioners - March 2015

New advice for professionals on identifying and responding to child abuse. It replaces the previous version of ‘What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused’ (2006). What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused: advice for practitioners (PDF).


Information Sharing - updated March 2015

Advice for safeguarding professionals on information sharing. The advice explains relevant legislation and includes key principles and practicalities of sharing personal information . This advice replaces ‘Information sharing: guidance for practitioners and managers’ (2008).

Information Sharing - Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services (PDF). 


Working Together to safeguard children - March 2015

The Department for Education has published a revised version of the Working together to safeguard children guidance. Changes include: guidance on notifiable incidents and a definition of serious harm. Working together to safeguard children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (PDF). 


Setting up and improving counselling services

Guidance about setting up and improving counselling services for schools in England. Advice includes: counselling should be part of a whole school commitment to improving mental health and well-being, and pupils should be involved in the development and evaluation of the service. Counselling in schools: a blueprint for the future (PDF).



Keeping children safe in education: key changes

The NSPCC has published a briefing on Keeping children safe in education (2016), which will come into force for schools in England on 5 September 2016. Key changes from the 2015 guidance include: reporting female genital mutilation (FGM) is now a mandatory requirement for teachers; the importance of online safety is highlighted; sexting is specifically mentioned as a form of peer on peer abuse which schools should have procedures in place to deal with. More detail on sexting will be added to the guidance before September 2016.

Source: Summary of key changes to Keeping children safe in education Date: 17 June 2016

Further Information: Briefing on key updates to statutory guidance for schools in England - Keeping children safe in education (2016) (PDF)



Ofsted - Safeguarding Children and young people and and young vulnerable adults policy - this link will take you to Ofsted’s policy on identifying and responding to concerns regarding the safeguarding and protection of children and young people, with a specific section on protection of vulnerable adults


Run, Hide, Tell resources for schools

Counter Terrorism Policing in collaboration with the PSHE Association and Girlguiding have produced a Run, Hide, Tell resource pack for teachers to use to inform 11-16 year olds on how best to react to a gun or knife terror attack. The resource includes training films, lesson plans for key stage 3 and key stage 4 as well as teacher guidance on how to deliver this material confidently and safely.

Source: National Counter Terrorism Security Office  Date: 14 November 2017

Further information: Run, Hide, Tell


Reporting FGM

The FGM reporting duty for Health and Social Care professionals and Teachers came into force on 31 October 2015 for more information please go to the FGM page in this section


Local guidance - click on the relevant document to go to the draft template which you can then adapt for your school

Annual Report Template

Head Teachers Annual report template to the Governing Body on Safeguarding Children 2013/14


Model Child Protection/Safeguarding Policy for Schools - updated September 2018

Please see attached an example Child Protection policy which you can download and adapt to your school - - remember to save your policy. Click here for the example policy


Annual Safeguarding Audit template

Click here to go to the audit template


Safeguarding Incident Form

Safeguarding Incident Form - click here to download


Safeguarding Leaflet for visitors

Click here for the leaflet


Safeguarding Children Training - click here to identify the right safeguarding children course

This information will help you identify the right Safeguarding Children course to attend.  There is further reference to the underpinning  legal framework at the end of this document.

If you still require further help please contact:


To book onto courses go to http://www.centralbedscpd.co.uk/ and enter via the lilac safeguarding button.



National guidance, training and support


NSPCC guidance 

The NSPCC have recently published a number of helpful Briefing Papers on the theme of how schools, colleges and academies may protect children from neglect; sexual abuse; sexting; sexual exploitation and grooming and entrapment. Please click on  the guidance here.


Recommended adult to child ratios

The NSPCC offers guidance on appropriate levels of supervision for children and young people. This includes advice on: adult to child ratios; toilet ratios; first aid ratios; travelling ratios. Please here to go to the relevant page on the NSPCC website


Safeguarding in Education Self-Assessment Tool (ESAT)

The NSPCC and the Times Educational Supplement have produced a free Safeguarding in Education Self-Assessment Tool (ESAT) which enables school safeguarding leads to audit their school's current safeguarding arrangements and supports them to make changes and identify areas for developments.

Click here for the Self-Assessment Tool


Safeguarding resource and training package for trustees

Are you a trustee, director, board member, governor or committee member of a charity, trust or association that works with children? If so, then this resource is perfect for you and your colleagues.


Staying safe online

Childnet has published guidance to help schools develop effective strategies to understand, prevent and respond to cyberbullying. It has also produced a toolkit for discussing online safety issues in PSHE lessons with students aged 11-14.

Date: 28 November 2016

Further information: Cyberbullying: understand, prevent and respond: guidance for schools

Crossing the line: PSHE toolkit


E-safety for schools

The NSPCC has updated its website to include online safety advice and resources for schools and colleges. The webpage includes: links to resources to teach children and young people the skills to stay safe online; resources and advice to share with parents and carers; and guides and example documents on how to safeguard against and respond to an online safety incident which can be used to develop policies and procedures.

Source: NSPCC  Date: 08 September 2017


NSPCC Training

Child protection in education

This online introductory course is aimed at all staff, including volunteers, who work with children in schools and colleges.


Nude selfies

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Today, the National Crime Agency, has launched a campaign for parents to deal with an increase in young people sharing nude selfies.

To give parents the tools to deal with these issues and reduce the dangers of sexting, CEOP have created a series of short animations entitled ‘Nude selfies: What parents and carers need to know’. The new Thinkuknow films are packed with information and advice on helping parents to advise children about avoiding taking risks online, knowing what’s safe and what’s not, and where to get help if anything goes wrong.

The four films are available to watch for free online, cover the following issues:

  • Film 1: Helps parents and carers understand the reasons why young people create and share nude or nearly nude images.
  • Film 2: Helps parents and carers learn about effective strategies for talking to your child about nude or nearly nude images.
  • Film 3: Helps parents and carers understand how to respond if your child discloses that they have shared nude or nearly nude images by risk assessing the different contexts in which images may be shared.
  • Film 4: Helps parents and carers learn about how to get help and support if your child shares nude or nearly nude images.

If you’re a teacher or trainer, you can download the animations and accompanying guidance pack which will provide you with everything you need to deliver a session with families from https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers/.



Protecting children from radicalisation: the prevent duty.

From: Department for Education

First published: 1 July 2015

Part of: Schools: departmental advice, Running a school or college, Schools, colleges and children's services and Safeguarding children.

Click on this link to go to the full document.

How social media is used to encourage travel to Syria and Iraq - Briefing note for schools

FREE awareness raising on line package produced by the College of Policing – not safeguarding specific but helpful that can be accessed via this link:



Prevent online training and enables you to print out Certificates to confirm you have undertaken the course. The website is Foundation Online Learning http://www.foundationonline.org.uk/  and offers the following:

  1. Prevent for Governors and Board members
  2. Prevent for support staff
  3. prevent for practitioners
  4. Prevent for leaders and managers


Safeguarding in education self-assessment tool

This free tool, launched by the NSPCC in partnership with the TES, will help schools to audit their current safeguarding arrangements.


Safer Recruitment

The Safer Recruitment Consortium (NSPCC, Lucy Faithfull Foundation, CAPE and NASS) has published updated guidance to assist schools in developing their staff code of conduct / staff behaviour policy.

Guidance for safer working practice for those working with children and young people in education settings - October 2015


Safer Working

Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children and young people in an educational setting.

Use of Photos on websites and in other publications

The use of photos on websites and in other publications poses direct and indirect risks to children and young people. Organisations wishing to use images of the children they work with or are otherwise in contact with must therefore have a policy in place to safeguard the children involved. Please click here for further guidance


Website to support school and college staff to keep children and young people safe

The Centre for Research on Children and Families at the University of East Anglia (UEA), has launched a website to support school and college staff in understanding abuse and neglect from the child or young person’s point of view. The iCAN website includes free training materials and resources for schools and colleges, and a framework to help teachers and other school and college staff to be alert to children and young people who may be experiencing abuse or neglect, and to better understand: to what extent children and young people recognise maltreatment and how they decide whether to tell someone about it; how they may show their distress, even when they can’t talk about it; and what children and young people think about the help they receive. Click here for more information

Source: UEA  Date: 17 July 2017




Updates to National documents

Working Together to Safeguard Children updated July 2018 - click here for updated version

Information Sharing - Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers updated July 2018 - updated version here