February 2019 Newsletter

Stephen Bloor Newsletter

Welcome to February Newsletter
This newsletter contains;

Details of our current trends.

A link to some useful CPD involving the scenario based game “safe” and other resources around sexting and sharing emotions.

A link to the government leaflet for young people who have been arrested.

Details of mandatory training Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 and Refresher 2019.

New posters for the safeguarding team to distribute.

Current Total People Safeguarding Trends – January 2019

Current trends

Sexual Exploitation
I have attended a number of Child Protection Plan and at Risk meetings where issues of exploitation have been discussed.
There are a number of on line courses that are available to keep colleagues informed. The exploitation can be in the form of transporting drugs through county lines.
In addition, sexual exploitation of young, vulnerable teenage girls is an issue for us.

It is also clear from the meetings I have attended that the young people involved do not see themselves as being exploited. Often they see the attention they are receiving as rewarding, and any gifts, be it money or otherwise, as a benefit.

Do you know the signs to look out for?
Do you know who can help?

Home life
Last month I raised the issue of sofa surfing, and the risks to young people.
This month we referred a young learner to social services whohad placed themselves in a very risky situation by staying in an unsuitable location. Support was offered to the learner who has been helped to find alternative accommodation.
I just want to re emphasise the message of last month ;
If your learner is sofa surfing, or considering leaving home, this could well be a safeguarding issue, and the team will work with you to offer the best advise.

Mandatory training for all colleagues available on ilearn.

1.Keeping Children Safe in Education

2.Spring refresher 2019


CPD Resources
‘Safe?’ is a scenario-based game, containing two sets of cards, ‘observation’ cards and ‘find out more’ cards. Information is included explaining some of the different ways that the cards can be used.

The game is available from Youthscape here: https://youthscape.co.uk/store/product/safe

Youthscape have other useful games including, #isitOK (about sexting), Talking About Emotions Playing Cards, and #whatif (about managing anxious feelings).

So you've been arrested?
I have often been asked to give advice to some of our young learners who have found themselves in trouble with the police.

I have attached a government leaflet giving sound advice to anyone finding themselves in this situation.

Any with learning difficulties or Mental Health issues, should not be afraid to declare them and help the police to ensure they are treated fairly.

Download: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/765546/Rights_and_entitlements_-leaflet_for_young_people__web.pdf

New Safegaurding Posters
The Safeguarding Posters introducing the team and their roles have been updated.

New Posters should be displayed in all key locations.
Contact coorporate services if you need to update yours.

Safeguarding Stats

January 2019

There were
Learner Concerns

Information or low level
There are
Ongoing Concerns

Moderate Level
Were reported to the relevant authorities

High Level

Are you aware of how to report a concern?
This was covered in your induction but if unsure click here

Unresolved concern are concerns that still require monitoring from either Safeguarding or from the reporting person. Please ensure that you update Safeguarding of the outcomes to learner concerns so they can be closed.

Our concern levels are as follows:

  • Information – At present staff member is monitoring the situation
  • Low Level – Staff member presenting doesn’t require involvement from the Designated Person
  • Moderate Level – The concern may require input from the Designated Person
  • High Level – Staff member requires immediate action from the Designated Person