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Child protection

(for all staff and governors)

[from Keeping children safe in education (DFE, 2018)]

“All staff should be aware of systems within their school or college which support safeguarding and these should be explained to them as part of staff induction. This should include:

  • the child protection policy;
  •  the [pupil] behaviour policy;
  • the staff behaviour policy (sometimes called a code of conduct);
  • the safeguarding response to children who go missing from education; and
  • the role of the designated safeguarding lead (including the identity of the designated safeguarding lead and any deputies).

Copies of policies and a copy of part one of this document should be provided to staff at induction.”

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Solihull Council has developed guidance to help schools make sure that mobile devices - including mobile phones, cameras, tablets, and similar devices - are used safely in schools and elsewhere when used for school business. The guidance has been presented to the safeguarding sub-group, the consultative committee, and SSSAB. It is aimed to apply to all adults working in and with schools.

The document is in rich-text format (RTF) so schools can amend the guidance as necessary. It also includes signage templates for use around the school.

The guidance is available on the Solgrid website, on the safeguarding online safety page. You can get to the page by clicking this link.

The purpose of this guidance is to equip professionals in education settings to respond to concerns regarding girls at risk of FGM.

The contents include:

  • General information on FGM & the law
  • FGM risk indicators
  • Requirements of the RSE guidance regarding FGM
  • How to explore concerns with children and parents/carers

Caitlin Watts (FSS north) James Hodgetts (FSS north) and Toni Clifton (MASH) are looking to hold a family support worker and DSL networking meeting. This will be held at the Bluebell Centre in Chelmsley Wood so that as part of the meeting you will be able to have a walk around of the office and meet people within the teams. The aim of this network meeting is to improve communication between children's services and schools in the north of Solihull, share an improved understanding of common issues and themes in working together and deliver training in some of the key areas highlighted at the family support worker meeting on Friday 17 May 2019.

We are hoping that this will be the first of many meetings and the ideas we have so far that we would like to include in this session and those moving forwards are;

  • Thresholds and referrals
  • Escalation and de-escalation within children’s services
  • Effective direct work tools for working with children and families
  • A brief overview of children’s services processes and legislation

Joel Desous (Head of Service) will also be in attendance at the first one to give you all a briefing about the new structure (that was implemented on 1 April 2019).

An email has been sent to family support workers asking them to vote on a preferred date. Options being;

Thursday 13 June – 12pm – 2pm

or

Thursday 26 June – 10am – 12pm

If anyone has any questions about this meeting or suggestions for further meetings in the future, please do contact me Toni Clifton on 0121 7884300 or toni.Clifton@Solihull.gov.uk.

We are looking forward to getting started!

 

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