This non-statutory guidance was published with little fanfare. This is possibly because it says little that is new. It provides a relatively short summary of common practice and thinking in this area. Continue reading
The DfE has produced a draft of KCSIE 2019 which will come into force on 2nd September. There are comparatively few changes from the current version, but there are some significant actions schools will need to undertake to ensure their policy and practice are fully compliant in September.
In this blog, I highlight the significant changes and possible actions for schools in response. Continue reading
In safeguarding, we are facing major confusion about children who are both victims and either perpetrators of abuse or commit criminal offences. These are complex and emotionally difficult issues. Though our thinking has moved on since 1993 when the press publicly denigrated the child killers of Jamie Bulger as ‘monsters’, it is still a work in progress. We are beginning to understand that these were children enacting their own abuse in the most terrible manner. But this understanding is not universal and even professionals working with child perpetrators of abuse and crime struggle with it. These issues, alongside the misunderstandings relating to grooming and radicalisation, are highlighted by the case of Shamima Begum, who wishes to return from Syria to bring up her child in the UK. Continue reading
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
I hope that you had a good and restful summer. Things have been far from restful in the world of safeguarding with a range of new documents and guidance. Here is a quick guide to help ensure that you are ready for the new term and fully compliant. Continue reading