Policing and Young People (Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC))

The IOPC in collaboration with its Youth Panel has published a new guide for police officers which highlights tips for when they come into contact with children and young adults. 

The poster can be downloaded in English here:

Poster in Welsh here: https://policeconduct.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Documents/research-learning/CY_tips_when_you_come_into_contact_with_young_people_Welsh.pdf

Learning Lessons Magazine – Young People (IOPC)

The Independent Office for Police Conduct publishes an occasional magazine called ‘Learning the Lessons’ to help improve police policy and practice. 

Issue 37 focussed on young people and includes an interesting case where a safer schools police officer was called in to help calm a 13-year old girl who had had a disagreement with another pupil. 

“The police officer told the girl he was going to put handcuffs on her until she calmed down. The assistant headteacher recalled the police officer saying “I’m not arresting you…” However, the officer had in fact arrested her and then later dearrested her without informing her of the arrest.

When to call the police (National Police Chiefs’ Council)

The NPCC has produced guidance for school and college staff in England where students have potentially committed a crime. It sets out guidance on what schools and colleges should bear in mind when considering contacting the police. This advice covers the following situations:

  • Assault
  • Criminal damage
  • Cyber crime
  • Drugs
  • Harassment
  • Sexual offences
  • Theft
  • Weapons

Download the document here: https://www.npcc.police.uk/documents/Children%20and%20Young%20people/When%20to%20call%20the%20police%20guidance%20for%20schools%20and%20colleges.pdf

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 Published

The Government has now published the new version of Keeping Children Safe in Education. Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment.

This is statutory guidance from the Department for Education (the department) issued under Section 175 of the Education Act 2002, the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, and the Non-Maintained Special Schools (England) Regulations 2015. Schools and colleges in England must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. For the purposes of this guidance children includes everyone under the age of 18.


The department issued non-statutory interim guidance on safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers during the coronavirus outbreak. This guidance has now been withdrawn as the government expects all settings across the nation to reopen for the new academic year in September, with full availability to all learners. Requirements for local interventions in educational settings will continue to be reviewed.


Coronavirus: children returning to school in Wales

Source: Welsh Government
Date: 13, 14 July 2020

The Welsh Government has published operational guidance and learning guidance to support all pupils to return to school in September.

Read the written statement:Publication of guidance to support educational settings increase their operations from September 2020
Read the guidance: Operational guidance on learning in schools and settings from the autumn term: Keep Education Safe (COVID-19)
Back to school plans from September: coronavirus

See also on NSPCC Learning 
Coronavirus (COVID-19) briefing: safeguarding guidance and information for schools

Coronavirus: children returning to school in Scotland

Source: Scottish Government
Date: 16 July 2020

The Scottish Government has published advice on physical distancing in schools. The advice indicates that no physical distancing is required between children and young people in primary and secondary schools.

Read the news story: Planning for re-opening schools safely
Read the advice: Coronavirus (COVID 19): advisory sub-group on education and children’s issues: advisory note on physical distancing in schools

See also on NSPCC Learning 
Coronavirus (COVID-19) briefing: safeguarding guidance and information for schools

OFSTED Inspections

It has been announced today that whilst not returning to full inspections until after Christmas, Ofsted will be making ‘visits’ during the Autumn Term.

Ofsted says that these visits will ‘look at how leaders are managing the return to full education for their pupils, including considering ‘blended learning’ (on-site/remote education) and safeguarding’.

For more information, see: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/education-plans-from-september-2020

Coronavirus: children returning to schools in Wales

Source: Barnardo’s

Date: 25 June 2020

Barnardo’s Cymru and Action for Children Cymru have released figures which show that 85% of school staff in Wales fear that their pupils’ mental health has been affected by lockdown during the coronavirus crisis. A joint briefing highlights learning from practitioners and partners in schools about: the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the mental health and well-being of children and young people; what schools think they will need in terms of training and emotional support for school staff; and support from other sectors and organisations in addressing the needs of students and their families.

Read the news story: Teachers fear for pupils’ mental health as they return to school next week
Read the briefing: Lessons from Lockdown: supporting vulnerable children and young people returning to school and to learning (PDF)

Coronavirus: guidance for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings

Source: Department for Education

Date:  01 July 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) has published guidance for organisations or individuals in England who provide community activities, tuition, holiday clubs or after-school clubs for children during the coronavirus outbreak. This guidance is relevant for those providers which fall within the government’s definition of an out-of-school setting (OOSS), as well as those providers caring for children over the age of five and registered with Ofsted on either the compulsory or voluntary childcare register. Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings has also been published.

Read the guidance: Protective measures for out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Children returning to school in England

Source: Department for Education

Date: 02 July 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) has published plans for schools and colleges to fully reopen to all children and young people from September 2020. The guidance applies to all schools in England including: local-authority-maintained schools; academies; free schools; alternative provision schools; pupil referral units; independent schools: and boarding schools. Separate guidance has been published for early years and for special schools.

Read the press release: Schools and colleges to reopen in full in September
Read the guidance: Guidance for full opening: schools
Guidance for special educational settings to prepare for the September return of pupils with special education needs and disability (SEND)
Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak