Child protection

Learning the risks of porn

4 July 2018

Teenagers are increasingly getting addicted to internet pornography, with dire effects in and out of the classroom. An Edinburgh-based charity is tackling the issue with pilot lessons in four secondaries. Sam Phipps explains


Keeping children safe

13 June 2018

Working together to keep our children safe is crucial. With new safeguarding guidance for schools, Matt Bawden considers how safeguarding training and practice links into a school’s vision and values


Supporting refugee children in your school

16 May 2018

Refugee children are among the most vulnerable in our schools and can face a range of challenges. Continuing her series for SecEd on supporting our most vulnerable young people, Clare Stafford seeks some expert advice


Safeguarding changes: Will they make a difference?

2 May 2018

Schools are on the front-line when it comes to safeguarding our children. With government guidance currently being overhauled after the Children and Social Work Act, Suzanne O’Connell looks at what schools should be aware of


How to talk to troubled students

2 May 2018

It can be daunting when a troubled student chooses to disclose to you. Dr Pooky Knightsmith advises how to talk so that young people who need your help will listen


Online safeguarding: Trends, resources and advice

2 May 2018

Safeguarding and online safety expert Charlotte Aynsley identifies some of the growing trends to look out for in the months ahead and considers what a whole-school approach to online safeguarding should look like


Vulnerable students: The power of the great outdoors

25 April 2018

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust supports professionals working with young people who are especially vulnerable to mental health problems. In a new series, Clare Stafford talks to experts about how to support our most vulnerable pupils



The Stella Project: Supporting vulnerable learners

28 February 2018

The Stella Project has been working with professionals to provide mental health training in order to better support vulnerable learners. Clare Stafford explains more about the legacy the year-long project hopes to leave


Self-harm: What not to do

7 February 2018

Mental health and wellbeing expert Dr Pooky Knightsmith advises teachers and school staff on what not to do if they are worried that a child is self-harming or if a student discloses to them




Supply teaching: A safeguarding update

6 December 2017

With an eye on the supply teacher's role, Helen Frostick offers education professionals a safeguarding update, including advice about the questions you should be asking your placement schools



Supply teaching: Safeguarding – A shared duty...

8 November 2017

SecEd’s supply teaching series continues. Expert Sam Preston offers her safeguarding advice for supply staff, including practical tips about fulfilling your child protection duties and responsibilities



Whole-school safeguarding

27 September 2017

Many schools will have started the year with a safeguarding INSET day for staff, but how can you engage parents and pupils in safeguarding too? Laura Ralph looks at some top tips for crucial safeguarding communications



Making time to stop self-harm

6 September 2017

Self-harm among young people is on the rise, with potentially devastating consequences. Karen Sullivan looks at the statistics and suggests what role schools can play to tackle this danger


Some practical approaches to e-safety

5 July 2017

A key part of today’s safeguarding agenda is e-safety. Technology expert Terry Freedman lists some of his preferred e-safety resources – for schools, parents and students



Spotting the early signs of abuse

3 May 2017

Most schools are clear about those signs of abuse and neglect that should lead to a referral. But what about those subtle first warning signs that something needs further investigation? NICE has released draft guidance to help schools and others know what these are. Suzanne O’Connell takes a look


Case study: Working closely with your PRU

3 May 2017

Close working between secondary schools and local PRUs can have a big impact on exclusion rates – something which has been demonstrated recently in Bristol. Aileen Morrison, head of St Matthias Park, discusses how better relationships and a focus on working together is achieving success


Safeguarding: Child-on-child sexual abuse

26 April 2017

There has been a shocking rise in the number of child-on-child sexual offences being reported. Jaine Stannard looks at why this is and advises school-based professionals on their role in tackling the issues


Safeguarding and the law

1 February 2017

From radicalisation to female genital mutilation – are your staff up-to-date on their safeguarding duties and will they know what to do if they suspect abuse? Safeguarding specialist Sam Preston offers her advice

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