Schools, academies, alternative providers and early years education settings should all follow statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education.
This statutory guidance comes in to force on the 3 September 2018. Until then schools and colleges must continue to use the current statutory guidance dated September 2016.
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.
Besides the national legal requirements, we recommend schools have a designated person for e-safety and an e-safety policy. Read
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.
Guidance for professionals working with children, including the school workforce.
Visit Safeguarding children information for professionals for current information and guidance including:
- child sexual exploitation
- domestic abuse and sexual violence
- case reviews
- thresholds of need
- early help service
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 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) will be taking 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.
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