Safeguarding Briefing - 15 May 2023

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Safeguarding Briefing - 15th May 2023




Hanni and the Magic Window - ChildNet 

Helping young children in difficult situations to seek support has always been hard. Their minds are often not developed enough to understand bad situations. They are also unable to comprehend what they need to do to get out of them. More often than not their limited vocabulary will also reduce their ability to talk to adults effectively. ChildNet has released a downloadable story over on their site, aimed at children aged three and up. Their objective is to make them aware of how to seek help. By following the link below you can also find simplified resources around the story, as well as the story itself.

The Clifton College Free Online Safety Conference - Clifton College

Clifton College in Bristol will be holding an Online Safety Conference on the 9th of June. The conference will be held at the Redgrave Theatre, Clifton. The event will take place between 9AM and 1PM, with talks from Avon & Somerset Police's cybercrime specialist- Megan Haldane, South West Grid for Learning's CEO - David Wright and Smoothwall's online safety expert, Ben McGrath. Tickets to the conference are free and will be provided below. Tea, coffee and lunch will all be provided. These speakers have a wealth of experience between them, and the session is sure to be of great interest to any in the safeguarding sphere.

Safeguarding Practice Review: Child Q

IA recently published safeguarding practice review looked into the death of a 15-year boy, referred to as ‘Paul’ in the report. His mother and her partner were later jailed for life in prison after the jury found them guilty of torturing him to death.

In August 2021 paramedics attended a property in response to a report that a 15-year-old male was in cardiac arrest. He died 30 mins later, despite treatment from the ambulance crew.

Later, the Forensic Pathologist said that there were a significant number of fractures at various stages of healing, indicating several non-accidental injuries on different days, it was their opinion that Paul’s injuries were a result of numerous non-accidental injuries.

Paul had arrived in the UK from Poland in October 2020, but his mother and her partner had lived in north Yorkshire for a decade.

One of the interesting aspects of the safeguarding practice review referred to the local authority’s international New Arrivals Team. The report said that ‘Paul' was not known to this team and a referral had not been made because his mother and her partner had lived in the UK for around 10 years.

Does your local authority have a international new arrivals team?
If they do, how is this service accessed? Can new-in children be referred even if their parent(s) have lived in the UK for some years before that?

The safeguarding practice review (which refers to this 15 year old as Child Q) can be found below on the Kirklees Safeguarding Children Partnership here:

Child Q - Learning Summary

Child Q - Report

Child Q - Media Statement

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Vaping Concerns - Welsh Senedd 

As educational professionals, particularly in the secondary school sector, you will have likely caught your older pupils smoking. It is an occurrence that has been part of teaching older pupils since time immemorial. The issues related to smoking in general, particularly on those without fully developed bodies, have been well documented. An increased vulnerability to heart-disease, cancer, dental issues etc, is an almost universally understood effect. Yet vaping is becoming a far more prevalent way for teenagers to exercise their desire to experiment with dangerous substances. Vaping devices are brightly coloured, come in multiple flavours from bubblegum to strawberry, and are packaged in a 'cool' way. All aspects highly attractive to younger age groups. There is a misconception that vaping is less dangerous, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Last year the Welsh Senedd published a report on the effects of vaping in children and teens. To read the their report please follow the link below:

Vape Detectors - SchoolWatch 

For thirty years, the security systems company SchoolWatch has been keeping schools and pupils safe while on site. During this year's BETT show at London's ExCeL centre, they unveiled their new series of vape detectors for schools. But the capabilities of these detectors do not stop at vaping prevention. They are also capable of detecting cigarette smoke, marijuana smoke and air quality disruptions. Their system will then alert relevant members of staff through their phones, allowing them to respond to potential banned substance events at any time. If you're interested in their series of products 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." 

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.

Next Live online course Thursday, 27th April 2023 10am - 4pm Book Online

Following Course Tuesday 23rd May 2023 10 - 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."

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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.