Safeguarding Briefing - 10th January 2022

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Safeguarding Briefing - 10th January 2022

Dear ,

Welcome to a new term of Safeguarding Briefing. I hope you had a pleasant Christmas and New Year, though it is a distant memory now! Whilst we all hope for a calmer 2022, I know that you are very much engaged in keeping those plates spinning.

Sepsis - Resources for schools (UK Sepsis Trust)

Approximately 25,000 children are affected by sepsis in the UK each year. To raise awareness, the UK Sepsis Trust (UKST) has developed a bank of PSHE resources for schools so that staff and children better understand the dangers of the condition.

UKST's teaching resources have been designed in collaboration with volunteers across each of the five Key Stages; each lesson contains:

  • A lesson plan
  • An accompanying PowerPoint presentation
  • Teacher notes for every slide detailing additional information, topics to discuss and questions to ask
  • Embedded videos to help engage the students
  • Case studies of young adults who have recently suffered from sepsis (KS4/5 lessons only)

You can access the SEPSIS UK resources here:

Spotting Sepsis in children

UK Sepsis Trust's Spotting Sepsis in Children leaflet will help you to spot the signs and symptoms of sepsis in children and can be found here:

Video: Monitoring of Safeguarding

I'm sometimes asked for a monthly monitoring schedule. Although, in the past I did have such a resource, I now think sharing a generic tool isn't the best way forward. 

In this video, I talk about monthly monitoring processes, and what schools need to think about when addressing all the different facets of safeguarding.

You can find the video here:

New research shows scale of abuse against animals in domestic abuse cases (Dogs Trust)

Almost nine in 10 households who experienced domestic abuse have said that animals were also abused by the perpetrators, according to new research carried out by Refuge4Pets who work in partnership with Dogs Trust.

The research was carried out by Dr Mary Wakeham, a former PhD student at the University of Bristol in the Centre for Gender and Violence Research and Service Manager at Refuge4Pets. Her investigation found that in 12% of the 107 households in the research where domestic abuse was present, the animal - and often multiple animals - was killed.

It was found that abusive partners often 'gift' pets to the victim which are then abused by perpetrators. Almost all professionals working in the domestic abuse sector said that animals are often used as a means of controlling someone experiencing domestic abuse.

The Dogs Trust and Cats Protection partner in the Freedom Project offering vital support for dog and cat owners escaping from domestic abuse. Following the increase in reported domestic abuse during 2020/2021, the Freedom Project fostered 64% more animals than in the previous two years.

Read more here:

Website: Freedom project (Dogs)

Website: Paws protect (Cats)

The things I wish my parents had known…about online sexual harassment (Children's Commissioner)

The Children's Commissioner, Dame Rachel de Souza DBE, has recently published a guidance document for parents helping to support them to understand online sexual harassment. It is a sensitive topic, and not one all parents feel comfortable discussing with their children.

The commissioner's team brought together a group of 16 - 21 year olds and asked them talk about what they think parents should know, and what they should say to their children when talking about sexualised bullying and the pressures of growing up online. 

Key advice from the young adults in the focus groups included: 

  • Start conversations early, before your child gets a phone or social media account. Keep the conversation going over time, adapting to your child. 
  • Young people want their parents to learn about new technology and trends, including risky behaviours and dangerous spaces online. 
  • Create a safe and trusting home environment. Young people told us the home environment is key, they want to share things with their parents but don’t always feel able. 

The report and poster 'The things I wish my parents had known…' can be downloaded here:

Safeguarding.Pro Next Member Call
Monday 17th January 2022 at 4.15 - 5.15pm

Last term I held an online Member Call for members of Safeguarding.Pro. It was really successful and many people joined in. So, I decided that we should do it all again!

Last time we discussed:

  • Peer-on-Peer abuse in Primary Schools
  • Risk assessments for sexual violence and sexual harassment
  • Sharing safeguarding information and GDPR
  • Fabricated illness/Perplexing Presentations

You'll decide what we cover this time. Even if you can't attend live, please register so that you can be sent the replay link.

You can find out more and register in Safeguarding.Pro here:

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

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Infographic: Building resilience in children and teens (Family Lives)

The Family Lives charity aims to offer all parents somewhere to turn before they reach crisis point. Crisis support, provided for over 40 years through their helpline, has always been at the heart of what they do.

Family Lives also have an excellent website to help parents with the ups and downs of family life. One useful infographic is this one about building resilience in children and teens. You can download it here:

The Family Lives parents' helpline is available Monday to Friday, 1.30 - 9pm on 0808 800 2222.

The website can be found here:

Safer Internet Day - Tuesday 8th February 2022 

Safer Internet Day 2022 will be celebrated on Tuesday 8th February 2022 with the theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.

From gaming and chat, to streaming and video, young people are shaping the interactive entertainment spaces they are a part of. Safer Internet Day 2022 celebrates young people’s role in creating a safer internet, whether that is whilst gaming and creating content, or interacting with their friends and peers.

The UK Safer Internet Centre website has a wide-range of resources to help promote the day and its aims. In addition, guidance is available across all kinds of topics for specific groups, including:

  • Teachers and school staff
  • Parents and Carers
  • Children and young people
  • Grandparents
  • Governors and trustees
  • Social workers
  • Foster carers and adoptive parents
  • Residential care settings
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Social media guides
  • Safe remote learning hub

Find out more here:

Job Vacancies

If you fancy a change from your current role, there are couple of interesting jobs available related to safeguarding children and young people that might interest you. The first could be a really distressing role, but I was interested to see how the IWF take care of their staff.

Image Classification Assessor - Internet Watch Foundation  (Nine roles; based Cambridge)

After a full programme of induction and training, successful applicants will follow specific guidance for the grading/categorisation of images showing the sexual abuse of children. Assessors will undertake the review and categorisation of potentially criminal images sourced from the Police Child Abuse Image Database (CAID).

More information:

Closing Date: Monday 24th January 2022

Academy Safeguarding and Well-being Lead - Leeds United FC (Based Wetherby)

The Safeguarding and Wellbeing Lead will support the Head of Safeguarding & EDI (HOS) and Academy Education & Player Care Manager (Designated Safeguarding Officer) to deliver a high standard of safeguarding & wellbeing within the Leeds United Academy.

Find out more here:

Closing Date: not given

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 20th January 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.