Child protection

Vulnerable pupils: Poverty and mental health

14 November 2018

There are clear links between poverty and mental health and wellbeing. Clare Stafford continues her series on vulnerable learners with a focus on how schools can mitigate the impact of poverty


ID verification in schools

14 November 2018

ID verification for safer recruitment and to prevent other criminal activities is an essential responsibility in schools. Dave Verma offers some quick advice



Behaviour: Rules vs expectations

10 October 2018

Rules are necessary in games, but in relationships they are counterproductive. Headteacher Ryan Kilby explains why traditional approaches to behaviour can never be inclusive


Supporting looked after children in your school

19 September 2018

Specific support for looked after children is essential if they are to thrive. Darren Martindale focuses on three key elements – the designated teacher, the Personal Education Plan, and the virtual school head


Reviewing your safeguarding practice

19 September 2018

A big focus for schools this term will be ensuring proper implementation of the updated statutory safeguarding guidance. Sam Preston considers the new requirements and offers some practical advice


Keeping Children Safe in Education

12 September 2018

Keeping Children Safe in Education, the statutory safeguarding guidance for schools, has been updated. Chris Parr looks at some of the key changes and requirements for schools


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


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