January 2019 Newsletter

Stephen Bloor Newsletter

Welcome to the first Newsletter of 2019.
This newsletter contains;

Details of our current trends.

A link to the project hoping to stop knife crime.

Support for anyone concerned about the New Year terrorist attack in Manchester.

Support details for concerns for learners in Cheshire West and Chester.

Link to resources for Safer Internet day Tuesday 5th February

Details of mandatory, all colleague training for Keeping Children Safe in Education.

Current Total People Safeguarding Trends – December 2018

Current trends

Drug use
A number of concerns raised regarding learners’ drug usage. In particular during December there were 4 disciplinary matters regarding the use of drugs by learners, resulting in 3 learners losing their places on our programme.
The importance of being drug-free in the workplace is apparent and learners who are on our programmes who struggle with addiction can be offered support.

Follow this link to identify local resources via postcode to support your learners.

Follow this link to identify local support


Home life
The month of December saw an increase in learners who struggle with life at home and look to make themselves homeless. The rules around support for young people can be complex, and much depends on individual circumstances, in particular age. Councils do have obligations, and there is lots of support for those 16 plus to get emergency housing.
Many teenagers take the option to sofa surf, which can be a safeguarding issue, in that many do not know how safe they are in these locations.
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 advice.

keeping Children Safe in Education – Mandatory training for all colleagues available on ilearn.


Worried about knife crime?
The new year has not begun well as there have been more victims of knife crime, including the New Years Eve terrorist attack in Manchester and a murder on a London train last week. The Mayor of London recently launched the ‘London Needs You Alive’ campaign and with a range of resources. Although these resources are branded with the London message, the content can be used more generically.

The toolkit can be downloaded here: https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/lnya_toolkit_3_10.pdf

Safer Internet day Tuesday 5th February
Safer Internet Day will soon be upon us and you can be ready with your programme of activities. There are many terrific resources for pupils of all ages, but in particular age 14 – 18 and indeed parents. A series of videos have also been created.

You can find all the resources here (in English and Welsh): https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2019/education-packs

The videos are here: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2019/sid-tv-2019

Support in Cheshire West and Chester
the number to call if there are any safeguarding concerns regarding any young people from Cheshire west and Chester 01244 975926 this will direct you to a duty social worker. Cheshire west have asked that all staff are updated with this contact number

December 2018
Safeguarding Stats

There were
Learner Concerns

Information or low level
There were
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 concerns 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