Child protection

PSHE: Relationship violence

21 September 2016

Relationship violence not only harms the victims, but also does great damage to children who witness it. And it is a growing problem among young people as well. Karen Sullivan advises


Treading the fine line of child protection...

29 June 2016

Every day in schools, staff need to make safeguarding-related judgements about pupils and their families. But it can often be a fine line to tread and a difficult call to make. Safeguarding expert Ann Marie Christian discusses how to handle these situations and offers some general advice


Child protection: Domestic violence and abuse

16 March 2016

Domestic violence is a child protection issue that schools must be prepared for. Expert Dr Julie Leoni explains what abuse can look like, the impact on children, spotting the signs and taking action


Online safety threats facing students in 2016

9 March 2016

With Ofsted’s close focus on the online safety of your pupils, what are the key threats and risks that schools must be tackling? Online safety expert Ken Corish advises


Sexting: Tackling a growing problem

24 February 2016

Plans to stop children being prosecuted for ‘sexting’ will not make life any easier for schools trying to tackle this modern phenomenon. Karen Sullivan offers some practical advice



e-Safety: tackling the key threats effectively

2 December 2015

Internet safety is a crucial safeguarding issue for schools. Experts Kat Howard and Kate Brady highlight problem areas – including social media, sexting, radicalisation and grooming – and discuss the elements of whole-school best practice


Advice on tackling radicalisation

25 November 2015

As schools implement the Prevent Duty to tackle radicalisation among students, Hanif Qadir – a government advisor and leading specialist in positively transforming violent extremists – gives us some key messages



Supporting Syrian refugee children who arrive in your school

4 November 2015

Receiving the children of Syrian refugees as they begin to arrive in the UK is a realistic possibility for many schools. It is likely that these children will face many challenges as they integrate. Educational psychologist Dr Joanna Mitchell offers a checklist for successful inclusion


Would your pupils ask you for help?

7 October 2015

All schools do their best to support their students pastorally, but young people can often resist attempts to help them overcome problems. Mike Boulton, James Down and Louise Boulton report on their research into this sensitive area


The Prevent Duty in schools

7 October 2015

Robin Jacobs considers the practical steps schools need to take in order to comply with their legal obligations under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act.


Self-harm: Spotting the signs and knowing how to respond

14 May 2015

Self-harm is an increasing problem among children and young people – and schools are on the front-line. Child and educational psychologist Dr Joanna Mitchell offers advice on spotting the signs and knowing how to respond



Can you spot a stranger on the net?

22 January 2015

Young people struggle to correctly identify exactly who they are talking to online, research has found. Professor Corinne May-Chahal looks at why this is.


Safeguarding: 5 key questions

22 May 2014

New government statutory guidance on safeguarding is now in effect. Amy Cook looks at five things school leaders need to know.


Ensuring safeguarding compliance

22 May 2014

Schools contract out services to external organisations all the time. Legal expert Nicholas Barker looks at what must be done to ensure these providers are compliant with safeguarding laws.


Spotting the signs of forced marriage

26 September 2013

A majority of forced marriage victims are young people who are still at school and teachers and school nurses have a key role in helping to spot the warning signs. Carla Thomas offers her advice and signposts some resources.


What is troubling this teenager?

20 June 2013

What is troubling this teenager? Drink? Drugs? Many of us think we know the health issues that young people worry about. But we may have to think again. Al Campbell looks at the outcomes of research showing what teens are really concerned about.


Changes to rules on disclosure and barring

10 January 2013

Safe recruitment is a constant concern for schools and an ever-changing statutory regime and lack of guidance don’t help. With new changes in force since September and more expected this spring, Dai Durbridge offers his advice.


Helping young carers

11 October 2012

Amanda Bostock discusses how her school has changed its practices to ensure that it offers full support to its young carers.


The children who are accused of being witches

6 September 2012

Police in London investigate nine cases a year where a child's welfare is at risk because someone believes them to be a witch or possessed by a demonic spirit. DC Tina Pearce explains the role that schools have to play.


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