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
There has been an update to the statutory guidance to Disqualification Under the Childcare Act 2006 at the moment it is a draft and is expected to become statutory on August 31st 2018.
Please note this is still a draft.
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