Safeguarding Briefing - 5th June 2023

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Safeguarding Briefing - 5th June 2023







Keeping Children Safe in Education - Update for 2023

Quite a few people have written to ask about the latest update to Keeping Children Safe in Education as there hadn't been a consultation document this year. The Department for Education told me that 'KCSIE has been subject to regular review and public consultation in recent years leading to substantial changes. We would like schools and colleges to have time to embed the current guidance. Where necessary, we intend to make simple changes only to the 2023 version, and it will not therefore be subject to public consultation'.

Understanding New Filtering and Monitoring Standards for School - SWGfL

Ensuring your school's cybersecurity, and online child protection protocols is vital for keeping children and young people, out of harms way. With computing now an integral part of what schools do, from the administrative level down to simple IT lessons it has never been more important to understand the sphere. The Department of Education has recently released the new filtering and monitoring standards, that schools are expected to abide by. The document itself is in Governmentese, so to help in deciphering it and putting it into practice, the SWGfL has created page designed to help you understand its most important parts. To find out more please follow the links below:

Last Advanced Safeguarding for DSLs Course (Online) - Thursday 22nd June 2023

As the school year begins to wind down on the count down to the summer holidays, I'd like once again to remind everyone that our last course of this school year will be on Thursday 22nd June 2023. In September some of you may be stepping into DSL positions, and for those who are this final session is an excellent introduction to the role. You can book here: Book Online

New British Schools Overseas Standards Guidance 

The UK education sector does not only cover institutions within the national territory. There are a total of fifty four British run schools across almost every continent. Although being outside of the national territory of the United Kingdom, by dint of their establishment they must conform to the standards set by the UK government's department of education. Next month the UK Government is set to put into force their new set of standards, to take over from the previous set of standards published back in September 2017. To find out more about their new set of standards, please follow the link below:

Safeguarding Pro Member Call - 20th June 2023
Single Central Record (Guest presenter: Louis Donald, Director of Safeguarding, Creative Education Trust)

I'm really pleased to say that Louis Donald will join us for this month's Member Call on Tuesday 20th June to talk about the Single Central Record. Louis is the Director of Safeguarding for the Creative Education Trust, coming off of the back of five years in the safeguarding sphere and just under three in policing. With a wealth of experience in the field, Mr. Donald is a high-calibre guest well-worth listening to. Questions relating to Single Central Record practice always feature prominently in our questions and answer sessions, so attending this session is sure to be highly beneficial.

Current members can find the registration link here:

If you are not yet a member of Safeguarding.Pro to access to this session, please follow the link below:

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The Rationale Behind Replacing 'Stranger Danger' Doctrine - Whitehatter 

'Stranger Danger' is a phrase that almost everyone in the UK has heard at least once. Either whilst they were in education, or in one's capacity as a parent. The words rhyme, they are easy to remember and meet an intuitive criteria which makes its implementation easy. An important qualifier for giving advice to young children. Given its prior effectiveness, it is important to raise the question as to why it was changed. Why do we no longer teach this doctrine as the primary defence against child abuse? Over at the Whitehatter they've written an article explaining why it was no longer relevant, and exploring the rise of better methodologies for protecting children. If you're interested please follow the link below:

Forthcoming Courses

Implementing the role of the Senior Mental Health Lead (DfE Course Code SMHL105)

This is our DfE Quality Assured course for Senior Mental Health Leads. The course offers self-paced learning using the resources in our SMHL.Pro Hub, which is available for 12 months. Each month there is a live online member check-in to catch up with your tutors and each other. The course cost £397+VAT, some schools are eligible for a grant to cover this cost.

For more details, go to:

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 ON LOCATION remember that you can book Andrew to visit your school, cluster or MAT to share his DSL course. Please contact us for details and bookings.

Last Advanced Safeguarding for DSLs Course (Online) Thursday, 22nd June 2023 10am - 4pm Book Online

Whole School Safeguarding CPD Online Session for 2022/2023

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.

"In my excitement, I forgot to add our star rating to the Safeguarding training we have just watched. If we could, we would give it 10 stars! That was the best Safeguarding training we have ever had, thank you so much. Feedback from staff has, so far, been overwhelmingly positive…I can't thank you enough."

"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.