Safeguarding

Five priorities for your safeguarding checklist

13 September 2021

It is the start of an intense year for everyone working in schools, especially designated safeguarding leads. Hannah Glossop details her priorities to help DSLs be fully prepared for the months ahead



Effective in-school SEMH and counselling support

5 September 2021

The pandemic has brought pastoral and social, emotional and mental health support to the fore. Sarah May discusses her role as an SEMH support worker across a primary and secondary setting



Safeguarding & sexual abuse: Key changes from September

22 August 2021

Following Ofsted’s review into sexual abuse in schools, there have been important updates to both the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance and the inspection handbook. Elizabeth Rose joins the dots...


Sexual abuse and harassment: Harnessing pupil voice

5 July 2021

When considering the Everyone’s Invited revelations and Ofsted’s review, it is clear that we may not be asking young people the right questions. One immediate action for schools must be to listen to our pupils. Elizabeth Rose looks at putting pupil voice at the heart of our response


Safeguarding: Preventing peer-on-peer abuse

5 July 2021

Following Ofsted’s review of sexual harassment and abuse in schools – and the subsequent updates to the inspection framework from September – what should schools be doing to address peer-in-peer abuse? Jenny Moore advises and signposts to some useful resources


RSHE: Teaching sensitive topics

28 June 2021

Consent, misogyny, sexual harassment, healthy relationships and much more – the list of sensitive topics within RSHE is long and tackling these issues can be daunting for unprepared staff. Rachel Coathup offers some tips



Rebuilding hope post-Covid: Helping students to overcome despair

15 June 2021

People who have hope generally have better developmental outcomes. In this four-part series, psychologist Dr Stephanie Thornton looks at building back hope as we emerge from the pandemic. Part two considers how we might support those teenagers waylaid by despair


The features of effective, high-quality RSE

7 June 2021

Ahead of the deadline for entry to the 2021 Relationships and Sex Education Awards, Lucy Emmerson considers the features of effective, high-quality RSE provision in secondary schools


Information-sharing: Effective safeguarding practice

1 June 2021

The Child Safeguarding Review Panel has identified timely and appropriate information-sharing as a key area of safeguarding that often needs to be improved. Elizabeth Rose offers best practice advice for schools


Tackling racism in schools: Three starting points

25 May 2021

How is your school tackling racism? Is it working? How do you know? Ahead of September’s inaugural National Schools’ Human Rights Conference, Peter Radford looks at three principles that should underpin your school’s anti-racism work


Emotionally based school avoidance: How can we respond?

19 May 2021

Emotionally based school avoidance occurs when a student feels genuinely unable to attend school because of stress or other wellbeing barriers. How should we respond? Darren Martindale offers some practical steps that schools can take




Safeguarding & Everyone's Invited: Have I done enough to keep children safe?

28 April 2021

The Everyone’s Invited revelations and Ofsted’s subsequent review of sexual harassment and abuse in schools and colleges has clear implications for safeguarding practice. Elizabeth Rose advises on conducting an internal review of safeguarding structures around sexual harassment, violence and abuse


Sexual violence and harassment: How schools must respond

14 April 2021

As thousands of young people share their experiences of sexual harassment and violence, both in and out of schools – safeguarding expert Hannah Glossop looks at how schools can sharpen their policies and procedures


Rejecting catch-up: Recalibrating and responding beyond the pandemic

6 April 2021

How many pupils want to be told – repeatedly – that they are behind? It’s not about ‘catch-up’, but ‘recalibration’ says Sean Harris. He reports on what this looks like at Bede Academy in Northumberland and what our priorities should be, both this term and next academic year


Blended learning: Creating an effective culture of virtual safeguarding

24 March 2021

Schools are fully re-open but with self-isolation requirements still in place, remote and blended learning is set to continue for the foreseeable future. Elizabeth Rose considers how we can ensure an effective culture of virtual safeguarding in this new blended world of education



Lessons learned: Providing pastoral care during a pandemic

15 March 2021

Providing pastoral care this past year has been a particular challenge for schools. One year on from the outbreak of Covid-19, head of year Dave Stephenson reflects on the challenges, successes and lessons learned during the pandemic




Full re-opening on March 8: Safeguarding priorities

24 February 2021

With schools due to re-open fully from March 8, safeguarding issues will be foremost in our minds and our preparations must begin now. Expert Elizabeth Rose advises on what our priorities and approaches should look like

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