Safeguarding help and support from Andrew Hall

Safeguarding Briefing - 9th December 2019

Dear Colleague,

Annual Bullying Survey 2019 (Ditch The Label)

Ditch the Label is an international anti-bullying charity who aim to tackle the root causes of bullying instead of waiting to deal with the after-effects. Their website, DTL:ED, gives schools the tools and support they need to tackle bullying and the issues which surround it.

For the last seven years, Ditch the Label, has documented the true extent and nature of bullying behaviours across the UK from the real and often unheard voices of the young people who experience it.

About half the report benchmarks bullying behaviours, with the remainder of the survey this year exploring the climate and rates of prejudice-based attitudes, with an emphasis on racism, sexism, homophobia, disablism and transphobia.

Included in the report is the following:

• Key bullying statistics in the UK
• The motivations of bullying
• Frequency and nature of bullying experienced
• The impact of bullying
• Rates of young people bullying others
• The rate and climate of prejudice
• Real stories and experiences

Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner for England, 'It is worrying that one in five children are experiencing some form of bullying. The impact bullying has on children can be enormous, affecting a child’s confidence, self-esteem and their mental health. Ditch the Label’s survey shows how bullying is blighting the lives of hundreds of thousands of children'.

You can download the report here:


Safeguarding for Voluntary Organisations (The National Council for Voluntary Organisations)

The NCVO have created a number of 'KnowHow pages' which outline simple steps that voluntary organisations in England can take to ensure that they are run in a way that actively prevents staff, volunteers and everyone they come into contact with from suffering harm, harassment, bullying, abuse and neglect.

The website is very thorough and case studies cover all kinds of organisations from village halls, mobile book buses, house clearance charities and pensioners' clubs.

If you are a third-sector organisation or charity, or if you work with one, this NCVO KnowHow website will help keep your staff and users safe whether they are children or vulnerable adults.

Find out more here:

Safety Plan

Some young people, especially those at higher risk of harm, will benefit from creating a safety plan. Whilst this is important at any time of year, Christmas has some specific risks, not least the fact the some services are closed for Christmas.

It is well worth sitting down with at risk young people to go through what will do if things are difficult.

Free Posters (Booklife)

Booklife, a children's and educational publisher, have a range of free downloadable posters that cover all kinds of topics including:



Staying Safe Online

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Attachment (ACAMH)

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) has a very useful website. One of the topics they address is attachment.

Attachment is a universal system that all infants have the capacity to develop as soon as they are born. Its purpose is to keep the infant safe by signalling to the parent when they need them to address one of their needs. The kinds of behavioural signals that you might expect to see when an infant’s attachment system is activated are: crying, calling for, reaching out to or crawling towards their carer. Children can have attachment relationships with more than one caregiver.

  • Assessing attachment
  • Attachment in infancy
  • Attachment in childhood
  • Attachment in adolescence
  • Useful organisations and resources

You can find the resource here:

Cyber Security Readiness Exercises (National Cyber Security Centre)

Some schools have been affected by cyber attacks as result of phishing emails or other security breaches, for example, revealing parent emails by inadvertently failing to use bcc. Other schools have been the victim of a financial attack.

The National Cyber Security Centre has created a free 'Exercise in a box' to help organisations, including schools, test our their cybersecurity response, including:

  • A phishing attack that leads to a ransomware infection
  • Mobile phone theft and response
  • Insider Threat resulting in a Data Breach
  • Third Party Software Compromise

You can find out more here:

Forthcoming Seminars

Seminars can be booked online using the links below, by replying to this email stating the course you wish to attend, or by simply phoning Emma or Hollie at our office on 01223 929269.

Advanced Safeguarding for DSLs

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Until next time, keep safe.

Best regards,

Andrew Hall
Specialist Safeguarding Consultant
Success In Schools Ltd.

Telephone: 01223 929269

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