Updates – September 2019
Safeguarding Partnerships Are Here
Who are they?
September 2019 is when the new LSCPs replace the old LSCBs. No more Local Safeguarding Children Boards, instead we now have Local Safeguarding Children Partnerships.
Some have introduced new logos (see Camden), others have kept their logo and changed the wording (see Brighton and Hove).
Each Partnership must include three main safeguarding partners:
- local authorities (social services, private fostering units etc)
- local police authority
- local clinical commissioning groups (NHS health)
The work of the LSCP will now be overseen by an independent scrutineer who will quality control the work of the LSCP, ensuring it is being effective in providing good safeguarding for the local community.
What do ELT organisations need to do?
The main job of lead safeguarding staff is to look very carefully at their new LSCP website and find out what has changed. It will vary in each area.
The critically important things to check are:
- who do I contact if I am worried about a child? There will be a phone number which will probably be the same, but might have changed.
- is the 24 hour emergency contact number the same?
- is the LADO still the same person and with the same contact details? If there is an allegation or worry about an adult working with children, the LADO must be informed
Once you have checked these details, update the organisation’s documents with correct information.
Look at everything else on the website as well. There may be departments that have merged, or been re-named; for example, the Brighton & Hove MASH is now called the Front Door for Families. You need to know the new terminology being used by your LSCP.
Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSE)
Re-issued, 2nd September 2019
This is the document that the Department for Education (DfE) issue to set standards for safeguarding in schools. It is statutory for the regulated education sector; for the ELT sector, the AccreditationUK Scheme base their safeguarding requirements on it.
A draft 2019 KCSE was issued in June; it has minimal changes and nothing of note for the ELT sector.
The final version for 2019 will be issued on September 2nd and can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education–2
The lead safeguarding person in an ELT organisation must download this and keep it. Annex H lists the 2019 updates.
Teaching online safety in school
Issued by DfE, June 2019
This 32 page document provides helpful guidance on supporting students to stay safe online. Although designed for students aged under 18, a lot of the guidance would be helpful to students of any age.
As with any document issued for the regulated education sector, some information does not apply to ELT organisations, for example the focus on spreading online safety throughout the curriculum.
However, there are many good ideas which would help anybody, especially international students unfamiliar with UK websites and language. Here are some of the sub-headings:
- evaluating online material
- recognising techniques used for persuasion
- acceptable and unacceptable online behaviour
- identifying online risks – (23 are listed and addressed!)
- how and when to seek support.
The document can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/teaching-online-safety-in-schools
Anything ELT organisations can do to help their students, staff and homestays stay safe online is worthwhile.