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Model Safeguarding Policy & DFE Updates

LATEST MODEL POLICY:

Wirral Safeguarding Children Partnership publishes an annual model Safeguarding policy for schools, and other agencies, and that they can adapt for their own setting – all updated text and links are highlighted in GREEN.

Model-safeguarding-policy-2020-2021 v1 – Updated April 2021

Model-safeguarding-policy-appendix-2020-2021 V1 – Updated April 2021

The government has asked Ofsted to undertake an immediate review of safeguarding policies in state and independent schools. The review will look at the extent and the severity of the issue and ensure schools have appropriate processes in place to allow pupils to report concerns freely, knowing these will be taken seriously and dealt with swiftly and appropriately.

A bespoke helpline for children and young people who’ve experienced abuse at school, and for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance. If you are concerned about something, you can contact the NSPCC helpline Report Abuse in Education on 0800 136 663 or email help@nspcc.org.uk.

KEY UPDATES:

Date

Organisation

Link

(click below)

31/03/2021
Ofsted
Review of sexual abuse in schools
12/04/2021
 
Ofsted
Terms of reference for review of sexual abuse in schools
28/01/2021
Ofsted
Phased return to Inspections
28/01/2021
DfE
Education attendance restrictions
22/01/2021
*Schools to adapt
Updated Safeguarding & COVID Policy Addendum
18/01/2021
DfE
Remote Learning Offer
11/01/2021
DfE
Remote Learning Guidance
24/03/2021
DfE
Remote Learning Good Practice
04/01/2021
DfE
Guidance for re-opening schools
23/12/2020
DfE
Sharing nude and semi-nudes – Advice for educational settings
20/12/2020
DfE
COVID19 Update
11/07/2020
*Schools to adapt
Addendum to safeguarding policy (COVID19)
27/03/2020
DfE
Safeguarding Guidance for Schools

Review your remote education provision (DfE) – The government has published a document to help schools review their remote learning offer.

  • Ensuring safety by having a clear safeguarding protocol in place and a clear process for children, parents and staff to raise concerns
  • Online safety includes teachers understand how to keep children safe online during remote learning
  • Staff and pupils are aware of how to spot potential wellbeing or mental health issues and how to respond and regular catch-ups with pupils, 1:1 and via assemblies
  • Appropriate and compliant data management systems in place
    Behaviour and attitude.
  • Clear rules for behaviour during remote lessons which pupils and teachers know
    teachers monitor and enforce them.  Teachers monitor and enforce those rules
Remote Learning

There is a range of other guidance available to schools about remote working (Please note this is not an exhaustive list):

• Government guidance – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/safeguarding-and-remote-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19
• NSPCC guidance – https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/news/2020/march/undertaking-remote-teaching-safely#heading-top
• NASUWT checklist – https://www.nasuwt.org.uk/uploads/assets/uploaded/c4f8242f-2a21-4501-af1d8ccb1935d443.pdf