Safeguarding Briefing - 31st January 2022

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Safeguarding Briefing - 31st January 2022

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

You may remember that the DfE had promised DLS an online resource hub. The hub is now in development and they want your help, support and feedback.

Virtual College are working collaboratively with the Department for Education to launch an online resource hub for Designated Safeguarding Leads. We would like to offer you the opportunity to be involved in this process by letting us know what support you need and what topics you would like advice and guidance on.

The new online hub will include relevant advice and guidance on a range of issues to help provide the support, knowledge and skills to carry out your role and provide a good understanding and alertness to the needs of children, this will be hosted on We also aim to curate links for relevant resources and training to aid your access to these in an efficient and effective manner.

You can help by answering a quick survey

To ensure that these resources meet your needs we would value your feedback. This will be used to help shape the development of these resources and to ensure that they support you in your role and in promoting the best outcomes for children.

Click here to provide your feedback:

Please respond by Monday 7th February 2022

If you have any queries or would like to be part of a focus group, please let us know by writing to:

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation - Sunday 6th February 2022

In 2012, the UN General Assembly designated February 6th as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, with the aim to amplify and direct the efforts on the elimination of this practice.

Some relevant resources

UN Resources:

UK Home Office FGM campaign materials in community languages:

FGM Resources (National FGM Centre):


ForwardUK Video:

Book: Song of the crocodile (Caroline Lisa):

Primary School Grooming Resource - Alright Charlie (BASIS Yorkshire)

I'm pleased to say that this resource is once again available. 

‘Alright Charlie’ is a preventative resource pack that addresses child sexual exploitation (CSE) and grooming in a way that is age appropriate. The target group is boys and girls in years 5 and 6 in primary school and professionals may feel this resource is also appropriate to use with children and young people in year 7 in secondary schools. I think it might have a place for older children, perhaps those with additional needs.

This resource was funded by The Department for Education and was created by The BLAST Project – the UK’s leading male only CSE service. Unlike many other CSE resources ‘Alright Charlie’ aims to address grooming and CSE in a way that is equally inclusive of, and accessible to both girls and boys. To this end, 'Charlie' was chosen as the character's name to be gender-neutral.

The resource has been created and developed in consultation with professionals who have considerable experience in the field of CSE and professionals with experience of working with primary aged children.  

You can find the resource here:

Online safety in schools and colleges: Questions from the Governing Board (UK Council for Internet Safety)

The UKCIS curated the useful document for governing bodies and trustees in 2019. Although reference is made to KCSIE 2019, the questions remain relevant an appropriate today.

I like this document because it doesn't only have questions to ask, but also indicates good practice and signs to look after for.

Download the document here:

Free webinar: Learning from Ofsted reports where safeguarding has been judged to be "not effective" (Judicium Education)
Wednesday 2nd February 10-11am or 11:30am-12:30pm

In this free webinar, former DSL, Hannah Glossop, and former police detective, James Simoniti, will explore the 12 most frequently mentioned reasons for 'not effective' safeguarding in their analysis of recent Ofsted reports.

Designed to engender peer-to-peer collaboration, this session encourages questions and sharing ideas.

You can find more details here, along with details of Judicium's other free briefings this term:

Are you familiar with E2EE? 

E2EE has been referenced in the media quite often recently, but do you know what it is? Like many acronyms. I realised I knew what it is, although the letters were unfamiliar.

E2EE stands for End-to-End Encryption

End-to-End Encryption keeps our data secure and unreadable along the data pathways. Whether you’re talking about end-to-end encrypted messaging, email, file storage, or anything else, this ensures that no one in the middle can see your private data.

So E2EE is a generally good thing then? It is, except it also means that law enforcement can't access the messages when crime has been committed. In the case of sexual abuse, this may mean that children and young people are not protected and abusers may go free.

Social Media companies are planning to roll-out E2EE across their platforms. 

The children's charity, Barnardo’s, say that 'end-to-end encryption could mean that social media platforms will no longer be able to detect cases of child sex abuse on their platforms. It is estimated that around 14 million reports of suspected child sexual abuse could be lost every year.

'In 2020 21.7 million reports of child sexual abuse material were made across social media platforms Facebook alone accounted for a whopping 94% of these reports.'

Further information about the No Place to Hide campaign can be found here:

Child-to-Parent Abuse (PEGS)

Child to Parent Abuse is complex and misunderstood. The parent support charity, Parent Educational Growth Support (PEGS), says this is partly because it has historically been largely ignored in favour of a focus on intimate partner abuse, partly because it is drastically under-reported, and partly because there are lots of misconceptions around the subject.

Some parents may not recognise what is happening to them as abuse – but the behaviours they are experiencing are abuse, and they are not okay.

Child-to-Parent abuse can take many forms including, physical abuse, emotional and psychological abuse, financial abuse and sexual abuse. This can also extend to the rest of the household, including siblings and pets. Their behaviour makes the parent feel fearful, scared or forces them to change the way they parent because they are scared of another incident. 

Find out more information on the PEGS' website here:

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 

LIVE ONLINE Tuesday 15th March 2022 BOOK NOW  

...and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience BOOK NOW

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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