Safeguarding Briefing - 7th February 2022

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Safeguarding Briefing from Andrew Hall



Safeguarding Briefing - 7th February 2022

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Schools Professionals Online Training (BEAT)

Beat have developed a new online learning platform for school professionals, SPOT.  SPOT encompasses a range of bite sized interactive learning webinar videos delivered by our expert eating disorder clinicians, E-learning modules and weekly Q&A sessions with an eating disorder clinician and Lived Experienced Ambassador.

The platform also enables school professionals to post questions on a community forum to share advice with their peers.  This is currently funded in key areas across the country – for more information contact, or access the platform directly at

If you area isn't funded, there is further information here:

Children's Mental health Week (Place2Be)
7th - 13th February 2022

Place2Be has teamed up with BAFTA Kids to create two virtual assemblies for Children’s Mental Health Week 2022, supported by Oak National Academy. 

There are separate assemblies for  primary schools and secondary-aged students to help young people across the UK take part in the week and explore the theme of ‘Growing Together’. 

The primary school assembly, hosted by Lindsey Russell, features pupils from Rosslyn Park Primary School and Seascape Primary School in conversation with dancer and presenter Oti Mabuse.

The assembly for secondary and high schools, hosted by Emma Willis, features students from Folkestone Academy and Carrick Academy in conversation with Shadow and Bone actor, Kit Young, and CBBC's The Dumping Ground actor, Kia Pegg.

Both assemblies will be available on the Children’s Mental Health Week website from 8am on Monday 7 February. The assemblies will also feature special messages of support from high-profile surprise guests, to be revealed on the day. 

Find the assemblies and other resources here:

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Safer Internet Day - Tuesday 8th February 2022

If you're not already all set up, the resources and information is here:

Safer Internet Day Awareness Kit (Common Sense Education)

Kit of useful resources, especially links on slide 7.

Safer Internet Day Assembly (London Grid for Learning)

LGfL's DigiSafe team has created a 20-minute video session that you can use as a lesson or an assembly with 7-10 year olds.

It's hosted by primary pupils and covers gaming and staying safe online, including class discussion time, scenarios to look at, lots of fun and input from our host school.

To preview the video (it's not live so can be watched any time during the week or beyond), go to 

NEW Online Seminar (Safeguarding.Pro)
How best can we meet the requirement to record sexual harassment data?

It is an Ofsted requirement that schools should present their data on sexual violence and sexual harassment by 8am on the first day of inspection. The report into sexual abuse in schools by peers found that very few schools have this data.

In this 22-minute online seminar, Andrew explains what data you need to record and, importantly, how it can be used to improve safeguarding in schools. Slides used in the presentation can be downloaded to using in your own learning session.

You can find it here:

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Harmful Sexual Behaviour Helpline

SWGfL and The Marie Collins Foundation has created a support service for professionals working with children and young people in tackling harmful sexual behaviours, funded by the Home Office and in collaboration with the Department for Education.

The support service is available for anyone in England working with children and young people, particularly, designated safeguarding leads within primary and secondary schools and alternative provision.

Harmful Sexual Behaviour Helpline can support with changing the culture that Ofsted highlighted in their report around sexual abuse in schools. The service, run by trained professionals, provides the tools to equip and empower adults through:

  • Advice on individual cases or incidents of harmful sexual behaviour
  • Guidance on policy development on tackling harmful sexual behaviour
  • Sharing relevant resources, best practice and contacts around harmful sexual behaviour

Harmful Sexual Behaviour Helpline

Available 8am - 8pm Monday - Friday

Phone: 0344 2250623


Register of children educated at home (DfE)

The government has responded to a consultation which ended in 2019, and says that it will now take forward the proposal that there should be a register of children who are home-educated.

The government's consultation response outlines their intentions to legislate at the earliest opportunity to implement a duty on local authorities to keep a register of all children of compulsory age in their area who are not registered pupils at a state or independent school. There will be a similar duty on parents to report their intention to home school to the local authority.

The government has said it plans to implement these changes 'at the earliest opportunity', although detailed plans have yet to emerge.

Read the full outcome here:

Young Carers: Honeypot Children's Charity

Honeypot Children's Charity supports and enhance the lives of young carers aged 5-12 years by providing respite breaks and on-going outreach support.

They give young carers a break from demanding and stressful responsibilities at home and provide a safe, nurturing environment where children at risk can develop their full potential. The charity  tries to give children their childhood back where they are able to make memorable memories that they can treasure forever.

You can find out more about their work here:

Safeguarding.Pro Member Call
Wednesday 9th February 4.15pm

Find the link to register for this month's call here:

Note that even if you can't attend live, you still should register so that you can be sent the replay link.

Previous member calls can be found here:

What question will you ask?

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If you're not already a member of Safeguarding.Pro, you can join us here:

Safeguarding.Pro currently costs £149.97+vat per annum and includes:

  • monthly safeguarding 'member call'
  • resources that can be used by DSLs to lead CPD
  • opportunity to ask your safeguarding questions 
  • seminars on a wide-range of safeguarding topics
  • forum to comment, question and share resources with other DSLs

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Safeguarding in the Youth Sector (National Youth Agency)

If you work within the youth sector either as paid work or in a voluntary capacity, you will find this report from the National Youth Agency useful.

The report, authored by Tom Burke, and supported by Clair Cooke, draws on the collective insight of the Designated Safeguarding Leads across the youth sector, drawn primarily from the nearly 300 members of the National Safeguarding Youth Forum.

You can download the report here:

Development of a new online resource hub for DSLs in schools and colleges (DfE)

Just a final reminder that the DfE would like your thoughts about the resource hub that they are developing.

Click here to provide your feedback:

Please respond by the end of today Monday 7th February 2022.

No Briefing Next Week

As ever, it's always a surprise to me when half-term comes round! In my part of the world it's next week, so there'll be no Safeguarding Briefing. Enjoy your half-term whenever it comes along!

The next briefing will be on Monday 21st February 2022.

Forthcoming Events

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." 

LIVE ONLINE Thursday 10th February 2022 BOOK NOW 

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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:


Until next time, keep safe and thank you for all the work you're doing,

Andrew Hall,

Specialist Safeguarding Consultant,
Success In Schools Ltd.





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