Safeguarding in Schools
The aim of this page is to give you the information you need at a glance to help you with Safeguarding in your school.
LCC Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy / Escalation Policy
The latest LCC Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy has been added (December 2016).
‘Professional Resolution and Escalation Protocol is available for you as well.
Guidance for Safer Working Practices
‘Guidance for Safer Working practice for those working with children and young people in educational settings, October 2015’ has also been added as an attachment.
Links to LSCB and Lincolnshire Children.net
Please head to www.lincolnshirechildren.net & ‘Practitioners’ for all the Early Help/TAC (Team Around the Child), Signs of Safety with associated support documents such as /Meeting the Needs of Children in Lincolnshire, Early Help Assessment form & guidance etc..
Please visit www.domesticabuselincolnshire.com for support links, MARAC information and much more. If you click ‘Practitioners’ you can register to receive further information/resources and support.
Information regarding Domestic Abuse Multi Agency training for 2016 / 2017 has been added as an attachment below.
The latest Schools and Education settings Resource Pack is also attached, together with a Domestic Abuse Policy Template which you can use for your own setting.
Keeping Children Safe in Education
The new ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2016 is attached (attached). Safeguarding in schools will update all education settings we have links with in Lincolnshire via e-courier and on this page for you all.
Part One is also attached. There is a STATUTORY REQUIREMENT that part one must be read by all staff. Please ensure your school has a record of evidence of this. The full document must be ready by the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Headteacher and Management/Senior Leadership team and Governors.
Inclusive Lincolnshire Policies and Guidance
Follow this link to view Inclusive policies covering Drugs, Banned Items and other useful areas.
Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years, Education and Skills Settings
Guidance for inspectors undertaking inspection under the common inspection framework is attached. Latest version August 2016.
Latest Ofsted guidance
Attached is the School Inspection Update from Ofsted November 2016.
Children Missing in Education and Roll Change
New advice and guidance is attached dated 31st October 2016 for schools, together with Policy & Practice for Children Missing in Education and Elective Home Education (September 2016).
Information Sharing Advice for Safeguarding Practitioners
Attached is information to help you regarding sharing information.
Peer to Peer Abuse Policy
Latest LCC policy on this is attached.
The following link to the LSCB site will take you to their posters (scroll down!). You can download & print out as many as you like, reminding the whole school community that safeguarding is EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY by putting them all over your setting.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Frequently Asked Questions page from November’s Designated Safeguarding Lead briefings is attached to help you.
LSCB - Internet Safety-Information Sheets
Information Sheets will be produced detailing information for teachers/parents advising them of topical information regarding Internet Safety to help with their young people. ‘What is Pokemon Go’, ‘What is Live Streaming’, ‘What is Musical.ly’, ‘What is Snapchat’ ‘What is Yellow’ and ‘Instagram setting to private’, ‘What is Roblox’ are attached.
Monitored Safer Social Media for Under 13’s
Go Bubble is a brand new social media experience for the under 13’s.Teachers register their school, parents give their individual consent for their child and then they can connect with other children across the world, of their same age. For further information, see the attachment below.
Children’s Service have produced 3 posters which you can display in your school highlighting this area and showing places of support and help. These are attached.
NSPCC - Guidance for Schools when dealing with Sexting incidents
The NSPCC Online Safety team have been working with the UK Council for Child Internet Safety to produce a document for schools to explain the stages of dealing with a sexting incident. The document is aimed at secondary schools and colleges but can be used by primaries where relevant.
The document can be accessed here.
NSPCC - Help for Parents
To help parents keep their children safe online, NSPCC have launched their Net Aware app to give parents the tools and knowledge to access advice on the go. Net Aware is the only guide for parents where social networking sites and apps aimed at children are rated by other parents, helping them make an informed decision about which is most appropriate for their child at different ages.
As part of their partnership with O2, they have updated their Net Aware guide with nine new sites with reviews from parents and findings from their recent Net Aware survey with primary school children.
It’s vital that parents sit down together with their children regularly to talk about which social media sites they are using, and how to get help if they need it.
Their Net Aware guide can support parents in having conversations with children about staying safe online. For further advice save their O2 and NSPCC online safety helpline number (0808 8005002) for parental control queries or concern about a social network their child uses. Save the helpline number in your phone and share with friends and family. http://www.net-aware.org.uk/
NSPCC Whistleblowing Advice Line targeted at child welfare organisations
The new helpline takes calls from employees from any sector who are worried about the way their organisation is dealing with child protection issues. Employees who don’t feel able to escalate these issues internally can contact the service, as well as those who have been unsuccessful in doing so.
The helpline is funded by the government who committed to establishing a child abuse whistleblowing helpline as part of the Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation report (March 2015). It was part of a wider package of measures to improve how organisations manage whistleblowing cases and concerns raised by staff.
Information and resources, including posters and wallet cards, are now available to download on their website.
Please click the links below for the latest guidance on Private Fostering arrangements for Lincolnshire and some FAQ’s.