Mental Health and Behaviour November 2018

This is non-statutory guidance to go alongside the existing guidance on Behaviour and Discipline in Schools (2016) and updates the 2016 version of this guidance.

It is a rather disjointed document which spends much of its space telling schools things that they already know. It is not fully able to encompass the concept of behaviour as communication. There are mixed messages about the need to individualise approaches understanding the link between mental health problems, SEN and additional vulnerabilities and behaviour, while ensuring a consistent approach to behaviour. Also, that simply by identifying a problem a school should be able to manage it. There is recognition that schools are not experts in mental health, but they are expected to manage complex needs. Chapter 4 talks about multi-agency working, but not what to do when these services are not available or won’t pick up the referral. Continue reading

OFSTED: Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings September 2018

The new OFSTED Inspecting Safeguarding guidance was released on Friday 7th September in many ways this contains little that is new or surprising. Importantly, what it does do is bring the guidance OFSTED inspectors are working from in line with Safeguarding guidance, KCSIE 2018, WTSC 2018 and the changes to Disqualification Under the Childcare 2006, released over the summer. Continue reading

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