Safeguarding Briefing - 28th February 2022
The situation in Ukraine is horrendous. Whilst we are geographically far away from the events, many in our schools and communities will be directly affected and may have families or roots in the region. The news and social media feeds are filled with the latest information, and some of it is very upsetting and worrying; and may not even be verified. Children listening and viewing distressing images can become frightened and fearful.
Here are some background reading resources to help you think about how adults can support children with what they are seeing or feeling. Please read through these links before sharing, to ensure that they are suitable for your community and situation.
Current information regarding Ukraine
Supporting your child if they see upsetting content online about what is happening in Ukraine (Childnet)
We should not hide from children what is happening in Ukraine (Schools Week/Children's Commissioner)
How to talk to children about what’s happening in Ukraine and World War Three anxiety (Metro)
Help for teachers and families to talk to pupils about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and how to help them avoid misinformation (Department for Education)
Information produced previously about war and international violence
How and when to talk to children about war, according to a parenting expert (Independent)
How to cope with traumatic news - an illustrated guide (ABC News, Australia)
Talking with Children About War and Violence in the World (Family Education, US)
Tips for parents and caregivers on media coverage of traumatic events (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, US)
Colour-blind Awareness (Cheshire Football Association)
Along with many men and boys (and not an insignificant number of girls and women), I'm colour-blind. I don't think I've ever seen anyone create awareness materials for people who work with young people.
I was recently looking at the website of the Cheshire FA who were publishing an event for the welfare officers and DSLs at their affiliated clubs. In addition to the safeguarding content, there was this item on colour-blindness awareness for coaches.
I thought it well-worth sharing and you can find all the training resources and information here: https://www.cheshirefa.com/inclusion/colour-blind-awareness
The Colour Blind Awareness charity can be found here: https://www.colourblindawareness.org/about-us/
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New Guidance (Information Commissioner's Office)
(including use of CCTV in toilets)
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published new guidance to cover the processing of personal data by video surveillance systems by public and private sector organisations.
One of the examples the ICO has used in its publicity about the changes involves CCTV in toilets, see below.
A school wishes to install CCTV cameras in the toilets in order to prevent vandalism.
The school would have to make a rigorous assessment based on necessity and proportionality in order to justify the processing. This is because the cameras would be recording children, particularly in an environment where there would be a natural and heightened expectation of privacy by both students and parents.
Given the potential level of intrusion, this use is unlikely to be proportionate in most circumstances. The school should seek less privacy intrusive measures in order to solve a particular problem.
The latest ICO guidance can be found here: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-data-protection/key-dp-themes/guidance-on-video-surveillance/
Mindful March Calendar (Action for Happiness)
Each month Action for Happiness create a daily calendar of activities. For the coming month, the theme is Mindful March:
Let's pause, breathe and really take in what's all around us.
You can download the calendar here: https://actionforhappiness.org/sites/default/files/Mar%202022.pdf
Safeguarding.Pro Member Call
Thursday 10th March 2022 4.15pm
The next Safeguarding Member Call exclusively for Pro members will be next week, Thursday 10th March 2022. The previous Member Calls have been very popular, so don't forget to register for your place by going to: https://www.safeguardinginschools.co.uk/products/safeguarding-pro-resources/categories/2149313100/posts/2155609704
You can submit questions to be answered here: https://www.menti.com/9sy1dad7va
To join Safeguarding.Pro and take part in our Member Calls, please go to: http://joinsafeguarding.pro
Engaging Families Toolkit (Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council)
Barnsley Council has produced a really helpful toolkit for professionals to help them better engage families in order to improve outcomes for children and young people.
The Engaging Families Toolkit aims to provide practitioners and managers with guidance to assist the effective engagement of families in the offer early help support across all levels of intervention.
The toolkit builds on research and evidence based practice which is known to work in effectively engaging families in offers of support which aims to promote positive and lasting change for all the family.
It provides guidance in recognising, understanding and responding to difficult to engage and risky behaviours which may be encountered when working with children, young people and their parents and carers.
You can download the Engaging Families Toolkit here: https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/media/15665/engaging-families-toolkit.pdf
Advanced Safeguarding for DSLs
This is a four-session course for DSLs over a full-day. The course is offered live and as a recorded replay. When the course is live, there are plenty of opportunities to contribute with observations, questions or answers. As a recording, the interactions from other people are included and feedback notes that this makes it feel like you are not on your own.
"I came to a session in Birmingham back in 2019 (the day after the GE I think) and it was superb. Today [online] was just as good, if not better. The use of video mixed with live speaking was excellent and goes way beyond what other safeguarding courses provide. You've been there and done it, and your openness with your own story is inspirational."
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Whole School Safeguarding CPD Online Session
In this two and half hour online presentation aimed at staff in all roles, specialist safeguarding consultant, Andrew Hall, explores important aspects of safeguarding in schools including child protection, learning from case studies and the latest version of Keeping Children Safe in Education.
"I would like to extend my thanks to Andrew for his fantastic online training. It was filmed so well - almost as if he were here with us! We were kept engaged throughout and felt so well informed - a huge thank you. It was a real success, and we look forward to booking you again in the future - with the staff team saying it was the best safeguarding training they have ever had. We really appreciated Andrew's real-life storytelling and the way such sensitive information was shared - it was excellent training."
You book your online session here: https://cpd.safeguardinginschools.co.uk/product/whole-school-safeguarding-course-online/
Until next time, keep safe and thank you for all the work you're doing,
Specialist Safeguarding Consultant,
Success In Schools Ltd.