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The Role of the Senior Mental Health Lead: What you need to know

This blog post was originally published on The Safeguarding Company website >> https://www.thesafeguardingcompany.com/resources/blog/senior-mental-health-lead/ THE ROLE OF THE SENIOR MENTAL HEALTH LEAD: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW The Department for Education has recommended that all schools and colleges in England appoint a senior mental health lead by 2025 and are showing their commitment to this initiative by offering grant funding for schools and colleges to train a senior mental h

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Safer Recruitment and the SCR

This blog post was originally published on The Safeguarding Company website >> https://www.thesafeguardingcompany.com/resources/blog/safer-recruitment-scr/ SAFER RECRUITMENT AND THE SCR WHAT IS SAFER RECRUITMENT? Safer recruitment is the set of practices that organisations such as schools follow to ensure that the staff they hire are suitable to work with children and young people. This is a fundamental aspect of a school’s statutory obligation to keep their students safe fr

Strategies for Effective Proactive Safeguarding

This blog post was originally published on The Safeguarding Company website >> https://www.thesafeguardingcompany.com/resources/blog/strategies-for-effective-proactive-safeguarding/ STRATEGIES FOR EFFECTIVE PROACTIVE SAFEGUARDING We all know that having a more proactive approach when it comes to safeguarding is the best possible way to safeguard your children and young adults. However, when you are having to constantly firefight, it can feel almost impossible to be proactive. In

Tackling Sexual Abuse and Harassment in Schools - Creating a Safer Culture

This blog post was originally published on The Safeguarding Company website >> https://www.thesafeguardingcompany.com/resources/blog/sexual-abuse-and-harassment-in-schools/ TACKLING SEXUAL ABUSE AND HARASSMENT IN SCHOOLS - CREATING A SAFER CULTURE April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the issue of Peer-on-Peer Abuse in schools and colleges is more prevalent than ever. A wave of disclosures and testimonies on the anonymous website Everyone’s Invited has revealed a cultu

How Safeguarding Training can Help you in your Role

This blog post was originally published on The Safeguarding Company website >> https://www.thesafeguardingcompany.com/resources/blog/safeguarding-training-for-your-role/ HOW SAFEGUARDING TRAINING CAN HELP YOU IN YOUR ROLE Safeguarding and protecting children and young people from harm is the responsibility of every member of staff within an organisation. This blog will cover the benefits of safeguarding training and how that training will help you protect the children and young p

Applying Contextual Safeguarding to Peer-on-Peer Abuse

This blog post was originally published on The Safeguarding Company website >> https://www.thesafeguardingcompany.com/resources/blog/applying-contextual-safeguarding-to-peer-on-peer-abuse/ APPLYING CONTEXTUAL SAFEGUARDING TO PEER-ON-PEER ABUSE PEER-ON-PEER ABUSE IN SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES The issues highlighted by Everyone’s Invited clearly demonstrate the issue and extent of peer-on-peer abuse in schools and colleges. More needs to be done to address and prevent the problem of

Importance of Early Intervention

This blog post was originally published on The Safeguarding Company website >> https://www.thesafeguardingcompany.com/resources/blog/early-intervention/ IMPORTANCE OF EARLY INTERVENTION IN SAFEGUARDING WHAT IS EARLY INTERVENTION? Early Intervention is vital in the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults. In a time of shrinking budgets and increasing demand, early intervention promotes welfare, safety, development and societal stability at a huge cost sav

Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment)(WALES) ACT 2020

This blog post was originally published on The Safeguarding Company website >> https://www.thesafeguardingcompany.com/resources/blog/abolition-of-defence-of-reasonable-punishment/ CHILDREN (ABOLITION OF DEFENCE OF REASONABLE PUNISHMENT) (WALES) ACT 2020 From March 2022, the law in Wales has changed. The Children (abolition of defence of reasonable punishment) (Wales) Act 2020 now helps protect children’s rights by prohibiting the physical punishment of children. This means p

Early Intervention and Prevention: Compulsive Exercise and Eating Disorders

EARLY INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION: COMPULSIVE EXERCISE AND EATING DISORDERS What happens when friendly competition between peers becomes damaging? Or when a healthy amount of exercise becomes compulsive and harmful? This blog will cover the definition of compulsive exercise, signs to look out for and risk factors that come with over-exercising. Remember to book your place for our webinar with eating disorder coach Jenny Tomei for information on helping those suffering from over-exercising.

7 Ways Digital Insights can help Improve Pastoral Care in Schools

7 Ways Digital Insights can help Improve Pastoral Care in Schools Deputy Heads, Safeguarding Leads and School Counsellors share some of their top tips for improving safeguarding and pastoral care in their schools. Using insights provided by their safeguarding records, these schools are taking pro-active actions to constantly improve the pastoral care for their pupils.   1. Record everything – the ‘small’ details will join up the pieces of the puzzle Seemingly small details ma

How to Show a Child you're a Compassionate Listener

HOW TO SHOW A CHILD YOU ARE A COMPASSIONATE LISTENER In this blog, Nigel Lowson will offer safeguarding professionals some of the most proven ways to engage in difficult conversations around sensitive or challenging topics with children and young people as well as a report that the NSPCC released based on research that focused on how children felt when they were giving a disclosure. In July 2019 the NSPCC (National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children) in the UK reported on so

Spotting Early Signs of Abuse

SPOTTING EARLY SIGNS OF ABUSE As teachers, it is vital you are able to spot the early signs of abuse, especially when it comes to intervention and putting in place the steps to help the child or children in need. This blog will cover some of the early signs of abuse as well as how a digital recording system is key to reporting and managing any wellbeing or safeguarding concerns you may have. BEHAVIOUR CHANGES  One of the biggest indicators that something is going on in a child’s l

Our New Community!

WELCOME TO OUR SAFEGUARDING COMMUNITY We are very excited to announce that January will be the launch of a brand-new community for safeguarding leads! Our Head of Community Relations Vikkey Chaffe, sat down with us to explain why a community like this is so important to support safeguarding leads.   As an Advanced Skills Teacher, I learnt that sharing best practice, offering support and having somewhere to ask for support is crucial. This led me to create Primary School Leaders,

Features of our Community!

FEATURES OF OUR NEW SAFEGUARDING COMMUNITY! In this blog we discuss the features of our upcoming Safeguarding Community; a safe space we have created that allows everyone involved in safeguarding to seek help and support as well as share best practice and resources. This community will be launching at the end of January 2022.   We are so excited to be able to tell you about some of the most amazing features of our community! We believe in the power of peer to peer support and ha
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