|The Criminal Justice Inspection, the Education and Training Inspectorate and the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority have published findings from an independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Northern Ireland. Recommendations include: run a public health campaign on CSE related issues, develop safe spaces for children at risk of CSE and ensure there are clear reporting pathways for reporting concerns.
|Source: The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) 19 November 2014|
Child sexual exploitation in Northern Ireland: report of the independent inquiry (PDF).
|The Department for Education has published new guidance on protecting children from cyberbullying for parents and carers. Advice includes set boundaries, talk to children about safety issues and print out evidence of online harassment.
|Source: Department for Education|
Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying (PDF).
New YouGov polling released today by Stonewall Scotland shows that teachers are still failing to tackle homophobic bullying in Scotland’s schools.
Just 16% of teachers trained to tackle homophobic bullying in Scotland’s schools
he Teachers’ Report 2014reveals that nine in ten primary school staff (89 per cent) and more than four in five secondary school staff (83 per cent) have not received any specific training on now to tackle homophobic bullying.
Source: Stonewall Scotland http://www.stonewallscotland.org.uk/scotland/at_school/10188.asp
Ofsted is to develop better guidance for local authorities on the role of safeguarding in schools to help clarify what inspectors are looking for.
Speaking at the National Children and Adults Services Conference in Manchester, Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw said safeguarding problems is an issue highlighted by a recent series of unannounced inspections of schools the inspectorate carried out.
He added that he was concerned that some schools are confused about what is expected of them under the inspection framework because the safeguarding judgment assesses both classroom discipline and safeguarding procedures.
“One of the things I’m very concerned that inspectors do, particularly with unannounced inspections and one-day inspections, is that we gather as much information as we possibly can about safeguarding issues in schools. That’s really important,” he said.
Wilshaw said that while he did not want to “burden” schools with bureaucracy linked to safeguarding procedures, some things are “absolutely essential” for inspectors to see when carrying out school inspections.
“That is the safeguarding policy of the school, referrals that have been made to police and other agencies and the action that has been taken by schools,” he added.
“I think we need to provide schools and local authorities with much greater guidance on what we expect to see when we walk into schools for the first time.”
Following a question on whether a school could get a “good” rating if it’s safeguarding procedures were found to be failing, Wilshaw said that schools are failed “all the time” for problems with safeguarding.
He added: “It’s really a question as to how serious those safeguarding issues are. If they are serious then, no, the school can’t be judged as good.”
In a separate announcement, Wilshaw said that Ofsted will be publishing a revised framework in the next few weeks that will include bring together focused inspection and assessments of local authority and school improvement.
“This means that there will be one overall assessment of how schools and local authorities are improving provision of education,” he added.
Source: CYPNow Website http://www.cypnow.co.uk