Changes in Information Sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers July 2018

This is a short, but very useful piece of non-statutory guidance that clarifies the importance of and procedures for information sharing in relation to safeguarding and the promotion of the welfare of children. Poor information sharing has been a recurring theme in Serious Case Reviews and all who come into contact with children should be proactive in their information sharing.
The changes in the guidance, naturally are focused around GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018. Continue reading

Working Together to Safeguard July 2018: Changes and Possible Actions for Schools

The finalised version of Working Together to Safeguard Children was published on July 4th 2018. This is the statutory guidance to implement the changes from the Social Work and Children Act 2017. The major changes are the move from Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) to Safeguarding Partners. The Safeguarding Partners will be the Local Authority, Police and Health and the partners will be based in geographical areas around the Local Authority areas. Schools, along with other agencies, will be relevant agencies. The other major change is from Serious Case Reviews to Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (The Panel) which are to be held at a national level to ensure that learning from complex cases or cases of national importance are shared and applied nationally. The model is reflected with Child Death Reviews. Continue reading

Information on DfE Guidance on sexual violence and harassment between children.

This new guidance is DfE advice and so highlights best practice, but is not statutory guidance. The Statutory guidance will come when Keeping Children Safe in Education is updated in September 2018.

It contains much that is new, while remaining true to the underlying safeguarding principles of

• protecting all children from harm,
• the welfare of the child is paramount
• listening to the voice of the child.

Sexual violence and harassment between children should be considered within the wider safeguarding context of the school and be consistent with the whole school approach to peer-on-peer abuse. Continue reading