Keeping children safe in education: consultation

Source: Department for Education
Date: 10 December 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) is consulting on proposed changes to Keeping children safe in education 2020, the statutory guidance that sets out what schools and colleges in England should do and the legal duties with which they must comply to keep children safe. The DfE is also consulting on proposed updates to advice on Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges. The advice sets out what sexual violence and sexual harassment is, how to minimise the risk of it occurring and what to do when it does occur or is alleged to have occurred. The deadline for responses is 4 March 2021.

Read the news story: Keeping children safe in education – schools and colleges – proposed revisions 2021
Read the consultation document: Keeping children safe in education 2021: Government consultation (PDF)
Read the proposed guidance:Keeping children safe in education 2021: proposed statutory guidance for schools and colleges (PDF)
Read the proposed advice:Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges: proposed advice (PDF)

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Working together to safeguard children

Source: Department for Education, NSPCC Learning
Date: 09 December 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) has updated the Working together to safeguard children 2018 statutory guidance for England to include factual changes in relation to information sharing, school’s awareness of child mental health, homelessness duty and references to domestic abuse. NSPCC Learning has updated its briefing on the guidance to include a summary of updates introduced in December 2020.

Read the guidance: Statutory guidance: working together to safeguard children
Read the briefing:Key provisions introduced in Working together to safeguard children 2018, and updates added in 2020

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Sexual abuse in schools

Source: IICSA
Date: 17 December 2020

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has published a report looking at child sexual abuse in schools in England and Wales. Analysis of 691 accounts of victims and survivors who were sexually abused in the context of schools – including residential, non-residential, state and independent schools between the 1940s and 2010s found that: the majority of perpetrators reported were male teachers or other educational staff who often manipulated and groomed children and young people and staff and parents in order to facilitate sexual abuse; 15% of participants reported sexual abuse perpetrated by peers or older children; and independent and special schools were disproportionately represented in participants’ accounts of sexual abuse in education settings.

Read the news story: Child sexual abuse committed in schools was open secret, survivors tell Inquiry
Read the report: Truth Project thematic report: child sexual abuse in the context of schools (PDF)

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Sexting: guidance

Source: The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, UK Council for Internet Safety
Date: 23 December 2020

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and  the UK Council for Internet Safety have published guidance to support designated safeguarding leads and senior leadership teams in education settings in England in responding to incidents involving the sharing of nudes and semi-nudes and safeguarding children and young people. The guidance covers: risk assessing incidents; safeguarding and supporting children and young people; handling devices and imagery; recording incidents; and providing education on the sharing of nudes and semi-nudes.

Read the guidance:Sharing nudes and semi-nudes: advice for education settings working with children and young people

See also on NSPCC Learning 
Sexting: advice for professionals

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Online safety: wellbeing

Source: UK Safer Internet Centre
Date: 14 December 2020

The UK Safer Internet Centre and the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) have released a pilot version of a digital wellbeing resource to support children and young people aged 11-14 in learning about what determines and drives their behaviour. The tool includes an interactive module which allows young people to do self-reflection, understand their behaviour and come up with strategies for managing it in a positive way.

Read the news story:UK Safer Internet Centre Partner SWGfL pilot a new digital wellbeing tool

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Standards for boarding schools and residential special schools: consultation

Source: Department for Education (DfE)
Date: 02 December 2020

The Department for Education is consulting on revised standards for boarding schools and residential special schools in England. The standards will replace the current national minimum standards which were published in 2015. The consultation closes on 23 February 2021.

Read the news story: Standards for boarding schools and residential special schools
Read the consultation document: Standards for boarding schools and residential special schools Government consultation (PDF)

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Children and young people’s mental health

Source: Ofsted
Date: 09 December 2020

The government has published findings from a joint targeted area inspection (JTAI) looking at how services – including children’s social care, health services, youth offending services, schools and the police – in six local authority areas in England work together to help children and young people living with mental ill health. Based on inspections carried out between September 2019 and February 2020, the report finds that: more children with mental health needs are getting the right support at the right time; and youth offending teams assessments did not always address children’s mental ill health or make the connection between children’s experiences of abuse and neglect, their mental health and well-being and their offending behaviour.

Read the press release: Joint working improving children’s access to mental health services
Read the report: ‘Feeling heard’: partner agencies working together to make a difference for children with mental ill health (PDF)

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Working together to safeguard children

Source: Department for Education
Date: 09 December 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) has updated the Working together to safeguard children 2018 statutory guidance for England to include factual changes in relation to information sharing, homelessness duty and references to domestic abuse.

Read the guidance: Statutory guidance: working together to safeguard children

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