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Schools, academies, alternative providers and early years education settings should all comply with statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education.  Keeping Children Safe in Education

Read this revised statutory guidance alongside Working Together to Safeguard Children.  

You should also read Gateshead LSCB's Safeguarding Procedures Manual.

Minimum requirements for schools

By law schools must have the following safeguarding measures in place:

  • a safeguarding and child protection policy. This should be, reviewed annually. It should include detailed procedures for handling suspected cases of abuse and procedures to follow if an allegation is made against a member of staff;
  • a designated safeguarding lead (DSL). The DSL should be a senior member of staff, their training should be updated every two years, and a deputy DSL with the same level of training;
  • a policy outlining procedures for the safer recruitment of staff;
  • a single central record of all staff and volunteers used by the school;
  • safeguarding training every three years for all staff and volunteers working with children in schools;
  • an anti-bullying policy which prevents all forms of bullying and ensures pupils are safe to learn;
  • procedure for passing child protection records to a receiving school;
  • awareness of statutory requirements about forced marriage, extremism, female genital mutilation, child sexual exploitation, peer on peer abuse, domestic abuse and sexual violence;
  • arrangements for pupils on work experience placements.

The LSCB has developed a Icon for word Model Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy 2018 [272.45KB] School leaders may adopt or use this model as a starting point for a school safeguarding and child protection policy. The model policy should be tailored by the school to meet its needs and context.

There is also a Icon for word Checklist for Model Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy [63.24KB] which can be used to help write your own policy. 

Besides the national legal requirements, we recommend schools have a designated person for e-safety and an e-safety policy. Read Icon for pdf Ofsted's inspecting e-safety briefing [177.02KB] for inspectors for guidance on good practice in this are.
 
All schools are automatically partners in their local safeguarding children's board and are required to follow the relevant local authority's procedures. Gateshead LSCB also offers advice, information and guidance to schools.

    Visit Safeguarding children information for professionals for further information and guidance including:

    Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

    Cases of possible Child Sexual Exploitation are discussed at the Local Safeguarding Children's Board, Missing, Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Sub Group (MSET) on an monthly basis. For more information about CSE risk assessment and monitoring framework (including screening tool) go to Child sexual exploitation

    Operation Encompass

    Operation Encompass is a unique police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse. Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools before the start of the next  school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening. 

    The information is given in strict confidence to a school's key adult to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child. Each school should have a member of staff (key adult) who has been fully trained to liaise with the police and children's social care, so are able to ensure the right support is made available to the child following the disclosure of a domestic abuse incident. 

    In Gateshead, the Specialist Support Team (Early Help) has recently taken over the coordination of Operation Encompass and we would like your help to review how well it's working and if there are areas for improvement. 

    Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.

    Icon for pdf 10 things you should know about Operation Encompass [313.83KB]

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