Welcome to the March edition of our Safeguarding newsletter for colleagues. Read on for the latest news, advice, and guidance relating to safeguarding matters.
- Current key topics in the news – Momo challenge and knife crime
- NSPCC advice on listening to teenagers
- Catch 22: Spot the Signs: Child Exploitation and Missing Awareness
- Mandatory safeguarding training
- Total People safeguarding figures for the month of February
- A reminder of how to complete a concern form for learner or colleagues
Articles & Resources
Hitting the news last month was the Momo challenge. A scary looking character supposedly appears on social media and sets children dangerous “challenges”. Click here to watch about it. Initial reports were concerning with regard to our younger and more vulnerable learners. To date, we have had no reports of a learner’s self-harming or being concerned regarding this challenge.
Our advice is NOT to draw attention to anything online that might be harmful. To be aware that learners might want to talk about how they feel regarding this new report, and to be able to offer support and guidance to young vulnerable learners about how to keep safe online.
In January’s Newsletter, there were details of resources available for discussion with young learners around the threat and dangers of knife crime. Although these resources are branded with the London message, the content can be used more generically. Knife crime relating in particular to young people continues to be a current topic in the news. 11 – 15 March 2019 was Knife Crime Awareness Week. The public are encouraged to call Crimestoppers.uk.org anonymously on 0800 555 111 if they know of someone who is regularly carrying a knife.
Let children Know you’re listening (NSPCC)
Researchers have identified the appropriate interpersonal skills that adults need to show in the moment of disclosure, to make it clear they are listening to children and are taking them seriously.
The NSPCC has launched a campaign to share these key skills:
Show you care, help them open up
Take your time, slow down
Show you understand, reflect back
Catch 22 Spot the Signs: Child Exploitation and Missing Awareness Poster Hub
Catch22, a not-for-profit, social business who work with people to develop services that build resilience and aspiration. They work extensively with young people and understand the challenges that may face those who are particularly vulnerable. Catch22 also run an number of alternative provisions. Their website have a number of posters available such as the one below, raising awareness on a range of subjects such as child exploitation, online safety, missing from home.
Please ensure you complete your mandatory training on ilearn no later than 19 April 2019.
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Ilearn can be accessed by going to ‘my hub’ on the group intranet.
The safeguarding team are currently reviewing any additional guidance and development they can offer Colleagues in relation to contextualising concerns, noticing signs, patterns of behaviour and having the confidence to discuss them.
Safeguarding Figures: February 2019
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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
We will be seeking feedback on the Safeguarding Newsletter and we will be welcoming requests for articles to be featured.