June Newsletter

Stephen Bloor Newsletter

Welcome to June’s Newsletter update

Here is the 2018 on line safeguarding course which all colleagues will need to complete.

Safeguarding Refresher 2018

Allow yourself 1 hour of uninterupted time (although some people complete much quicker) and of course you can always save and come back to it at any time.

Also included:

A brief overview of the Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 requirements, which will come into effect from September.

Some useful resources you can use with your learners around domestic violence and the world cup, Facebook asking to see your naked selfie! and an interesting story around young people and debt.

Enjoy the summer!!


World Cup Fever!! (Domestic violence and links to terrorism?)
Sadly, when there are major football tournaments, incidents of domestic violence increase.

Researchers at Lancaster University
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0022427813494843 studied incidents of domestic abuse during World Cup matches in 2002, 2006 and 2010 and found a 38 per cent rise on days when the England team played and lost, and a 26 per cent rise when England won or drew.

In 2016, the BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed programme also covered this issue, when host Laurie Taylor spoke to Jodie Swallow, from the University of Chester, about her research. Jodie explains, “My study revealed the women endured a range of harms, including physical, sexual and economic abuse, as well as coercive and controlling behaviours. While the abuse wasn’t limited to sport, sport was a means through which their fanatical partners exerted power and maintained control over them.” The programme is still available on iplayer here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07hgcq0

– Whats the link between domestic violence and the world cup?
– What can you do about it?
– Whats the white ribbon pledge?


Encouraging open debate.
Here is another great conversation starter.
– What do terrorists and football hooligans have in common?
– How easy is it to get into a gang culture?
– Are their any positives that can be used?


Domestic Abuse Resources

National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)


Women’s Aid Website for children and young people

Facebook wants your naked photos to stop revenge porn

Would you send your naked photograph to facebook?
What is “revenge porn?”
What kind of things should always remain private?
A great discussion starter for young people and naked imagery.

How debt can kill!

A powerful story about a promising young life cut short.
An opportunity for discussion with learners about money management, the impact of debt, and overpowering feelings of being helpless.

May Safeguarding Stats

There were
Learner Concerns

Information or low level
There are
Unresolved Concern

Moderate Level
Were reported to the relevant authorities

High Level

As a reminder,if your not sure how to report a concern click here

Unresolved concern are concerns that still require monitoring from either Safeguarding or from the reporting person. You will be asked for an update around 28 days after initially reporting your concern.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

Current Total People Safeguarding Trends – for May

Keeping Children Safe in Education
2018 Update. In force from September

The full document can be found here.

There is a three minute guide completed by Cheshire East
Keeping Children in Education 2018

For us:
We need to acknowledge in our policy policy special provision for SEN and LAC (Special educational needs and looked after children)

Have clear and robust policies acknowledging peer on peer abuse, in particular how we record and investigate it.

Clear reporting and investigative protocols around sexual violence and harassment of or by our learners.

At least 2 emergency contact numbers for each learner. This can be the same person but two different contacts.

Advice and Guidance
We are working on a new form capture document regarding the emergency numbers.
The safeguarding policy will be updated regarding SEN and LAC provision.
Guidance on individual learner risk assessments will be coming soon.

We will review our systems regarding recording of learner behaviour, in particular around peer on peer abuse, sexual harassment and violence, to ensure we are able to accurately record and robustly investigate such behaviour.

Burford House
Study programme/ Functional skills

More than 30% of all concerns raised this month are for learners at Burford House.

The pathways,study programme and functional skills sectors account for more than half.

Advice and Guidance
The types of concerns are wide ranging and often overlap.

Learner behavior, substance abuse, anxiety / depression and suicidal thoughts.This last month has seen an increase in concerns regarding substance abuse.

Please continue to raise concerns and seek any extra support from the safeguarding team

Sam Newman is available for support re EHC plans.

Steve Bloor is available for general support and guidance, in particular with risk assessment and strategies for individual learners.

There is a wealth of resources and contacts available on the safeguarding web page.