Child protection


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 NICE has released draft guidance to help schools and others know what these are.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


Teen anxiety: Getting back control

1 February 2017

With recent research suggesting that many teens don’t feel in control of their lives, Karen Sullivan continues her discussion on what role schools can play to reverse this trend


PSHE: Feeling good – saying no!

30 November 2016

Rounding off her series on abuse in teen relationships, Karen Sullivan looks at what we can do to empower students to spot the warning signs and to have the confidence to say ‘no’


PSHE: No more violence

16 November 2016

Continuing her focus on relationship violence, Karen Sullivan looks at how we can begin to tackle these issues in the PSHE classroom and offers some ideas and resources



PSHE: Tackling teenage relationship abuse

2 November 2016

?Karen Sullivan continues her focus on violence in teen relationships with a look at the hard facts of abusive relationships, the impact on young women, and what we might be able to do about it in schools


PSHE: Violence against males

5 October 2016

Much focus is rightly placed on domestic violence against women. But men can be victims too. Continuing her series, Karen Sullivan looks at this rarely discussed issue


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


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