Safeguarding Briefing - 13th March 2023

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Safeguarding Briefing from Andrew Hall





Safeguarding Briefing - 13th March 2023

Dear Colleagues,
Keeping Children Safe in Education Staff Quizzes – London Grid for Learning 

Keeping Children Safe in Education, is the standard government issues statutory guidance on safeguarding children and safer recruitment. This vital document lays out what is expected of us in the education sphere, when it comes to protecting children. It is of utmost importance that it’s content is understood and applied. However, the document comes to 179 pages, and thousands of words. Written in governmentese, its contents can be difficult to absorb particularly in the time constraints that a busy work schedule, places upon educational staff. The London Grid for Learning, has aimed to make comprehension and knowledge retention of the key parts of this document easier, by creating a set of resources for staff. To download these resources, including comprehension enhancing quizzes by following the link below:

No More Knives or County Lines – Christina Gabbitas 

This week we’d like to recommend a very informative video on the subject of knife crime, county lines. The video is presented and written by Christina Gabbitas, an award winning author whose works include ‘Roo and Sarge to the Rescue’ and ‘Felicity Fly in the Garden’. Made an honorary member of the NSPCC, she uses her draw with primary aged children to bring awareness of knife crime and drugs to younger children. Her drive in doing this is a belief in early intervention being the key to better outcomes. In aid of this effort she produced the illustrated story, ‘No More Knives or County Lines’, a work that has been praised by various police forces up and down the country. The video is just over twenty five minutes, and an excellent watch. To find the video please follow the link below:

NEW Retained Records for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)

In June 2015, the IICSA issued a moratorium on destruction of records relevant to its terms of reference. Many organisations took a cautious approach and ceased destruction of all records.

On 15 November 2022, the IICSA lifted the moratorium, sending letters to the same institutions that originally received notification in June 2015. The letter informed these organisations that they can resume disposal of records that have been retained for the Inquiry, in line with their retention schedules, and in accordance with the data retention and management processes specific to their individual organisation. 

You can download a copy of the reply they sent to me from the link below:
IICSA Records Destruction Letter November 2022

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Safeguarding Pro Member Call

Wednesday 15th March 2023 (1.15 - 5.15pm)

I'm sorry to say that I forgot to mention the upcoming Member Call for members of http://Safeguarding.Pro . Although, I know it's probably too late to get this in the diary for many people to join us live, the recording will be available for people who register.

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Senior Mental Health Lead Funding to Continue

Eligible schools and colleges are now able to apply for a senior mental health lead training grant to commence training by 31 July 2023. Grants will be provided to cover (or contribute to) the cost of attending a quality assured course and may also be used to hire supply staff while leads are engaged in learning.

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that it is to continue to offer grants of £1,200 for eligible state-funded schools and colleges in England to train a senior mental health lead to develop and implement a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing. Whilst this training is not compulsory, it is part of the government’s commitment to offer this training to all eligible schools and colleges by 2025.

For more information about the grant, go to:

Senior Mental Health Lead Training: Conditions of Grant for the 2022 to 2023 Financial Year

Apply for the Grant

To apply for the grant, go to: ESFA Fast Form

Raising Awareness of Male Domestic Violence - Mankind 

We often talk in the briefing on the effect of violence in the home on children. It is often assumed, that when we reference violent homes we are meaning homes where the male in the home is violent towards the female. Yet the reality is that men too can be affected by domestic violence, and in general are far less likely to come forward for help. The Mankind Initiative is a UK organization, seeking to raise awareness of Female-to-Male domestic violence, with a view to helping more men get out of abuse relationships. The Mankind organization, was the first such organization in the UK dating back to 2001 and they're still going strong. To find out more, 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.

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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." 

Next Live online course Tuesday 21st March 2023 10am - 4pm Book Online

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.


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."

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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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