Safeguarding news and advice from Andrew Hall

Safeguarding Briefing - 2nd December 2019

Dear Colleague,

London Terrorist Incident

Sadly, last Friday's horrific attack in London was a reminder that we must take into account this risk as part of our off-site visit planning.

It is important that we are proportionate in dealing with the potential terrorist threat, in particular when we are talking to children. Although there is a risk of being involved directly in an incident, the more likely risk is that the school trip will have their travel disrupted and parents of course will be worried.

There is no specific guidance from the government to schools, but some of the advice issued previously by local authorities may help. This document from the London Borough of Havering is excellent advice: Keeping children safe on school trips

Advice from the Metropolitan Police is to "continue with your plans as usual. Please be vigilant, but be alert, not alarmed".

In the event of a terrorist incident, it is likely that there will be road and transport closures, and this may lead to delays being able to return home. It will be sensible to ensure that children have a bottle of water, and a small snack in their bag in case of delays. There is no need to tell the children why, just say that they need to save it for the journey home. Don’t forget to take extra medication for any children who may need it.

In a major event, parents may be concerned and start to ring the school for information, they may even know before you do via texts and social media posts from their children. Consider how you will keep parents informed and reassured.

Further Information

Visits and the threat from terrorism (Outdoor Education Advisors’ Panel)

Resources to help support children

Supporting children after the London Bridge Attack (Lgfl)

Advice if you’re upset by the news (Newsround)

Supporting children worried about terrorism (NSPCC)

How to talk to children about terrorism (The Conversation)

Age Appropriate Support Guideposts Following a Traumatic Event – Parry and Oldfield

Recognising the terrorist threat (HM Govt.)

Coping with stress following a major incident (NHS)

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Courses - Advanced Safeguarding for DSLs LONDON

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I know quite a few of you are trying to update your DSL CPD. Although our next course in London is on the 17th December, I know that it is a busy time of year, and some people got in touch to say that they won't be able to join us then. I've looked at the diary and I've been able to fit in a new date for after the Christmas break.

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Supporting Children with Medical Conditions (Guest Post)

In this article, Tracey Dunn, Headteacher of Fitzmaurice Primary School, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire and co-author of the medical conditions policy for Wiltshire LA & RUH Bath NHS Foundation Trust helps understand how to best support children with medical needs.

The number of children with medical conditions attending schools increases year on year with the range of needs widening. Headteachers are faced with the need to keep children with complex needs safe and included. A lack of knowledge and clear policy can lead to death as tragically happened to Karanbir Cheema in 2017 whose inquest was earlier this year.

Statutory guidance has been in place since 2015 which enables schools to construct a policy which enables them to meet their legal obligations and to be inclusive. Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions provides both statutory and non-statutory guidance which enables schools to fulfil their duties under:

  • Section 100 of the Children and Families Act 2014
  • The Equality Act 2010
  • Ofsted School inspection handbook (Section 5)
  • Inspecting safeguarding in early years education and skills settings

It can be overwhelming to know where to start when a child with a medical condition enrols in school. Partnership working with parents/carers and medical professionals is key in helping to shape your school’s provision in meeting the child’s need. Medical professionals, school nurses and specialist nurses plus information from consultants will provide information in order to determine whether the child needs an individual health care plan. Often the things that get in the way of children with medical conditions being successful in school fall into 3 areas:

  • Gaps in professional’s knowledge: clinicians not understanding the school environment, staff not understanding the condition
  • Personal concerns, attitudes or expectations which lead to concerns about risks from schools and parents/carers
  • Communication between all parties and ensuring that the child’s voice is heard

Ensuring that the child is safe and fully included, (rather than excluded, separated, or integrated) requires whole school training and additional planning. It is insufficient for the knowledge about the medical condition to be held by a few key staff as, at best, this limits the successfulness of the child and at worst could cause serious harm.

Where the child is fully included they are advocated for by their peers and the staff throughout the school. It becomes second nature to think ahead and think around the planning of the school day, routines, celebrations and visits. For example a pre-visit to risk assess a trip should be looked at through the lens of the child with the medical condition. What could happen, what support is available and where would that support come from?

By thinking through possible situations staff are equipped and confident to deal with any incident that might arise. Simple adaptations which allow everyone to participate creates a huge boost to children with medical conditions. For example; where a child has an allergy, celebrating festivals in a non-food based way means that everyone is the same and no one is at risk.

Where a model policy is not available from the local authority or Clinical Commissioning Group then a good source of support both for policy and Individual health care plans can be found here: School’s statutory responsibility is set out in Suppoorting Pupils at school with medical conditions where can be downloaded here:

Film and photography at the school Christmas play

In the latest issue of Independent Education Today, education law barrister Robin Jacobs, from Sinclairs law, answers this perennial question and gives his advice for developing a lawful approach to filming and photography at school plays. Key areas to consider are:

1. Challenge legal myths
2. Lay down the rules
3. Manage the event
4. Identify vulnerable pupils
5. Consider filming it yourself
6. Identify non-safeguarding issues

Read the full article here:

NEW! AUDIOBOOK Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019

I love listening to audiobooks, as I can drive or walk whilst listening. If you are visually-impaired, audiobooks are a lifeline to access everything others take for granted. Audiobooks can also be great for people who can speak and understand English, but find difficulty reading it.

As everyone working in a school needs to read and understand Keeping Children Safe in Education, I’ve created an audiobook version to increase accessibility.

Safeguarding.Pro members can find the audiobook here:

The KCSIE 2019 audiobook is available to purchase here:

December's Kindness Calendar (Action for Happiness)

The Do Good December kindness calendar has suggestions for actions to do everyday throughout December 2019 to help you spread a bit more kindness in the world. The festive season should be a time for human connection and simple joys, not consumerism. So why not print and share this as an alternative advent calendar.

You can download the calendar 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

LONDON Tuesday 26th November 2019 FULL
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LONDON Tuesday 17th December 2019 Book Online
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Until next time, keep safe.

Best regards,

Andrew Hall
Specialist Safeguarding Consultant
Success In Schools Ltd.

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