November Newsletter 2018

Stephen Bloor Newsletter

In this months Newsletter you will find:

  • The monthly figures for October.
  • An analysis of the main issues.
  • What’s coming up article regarding mandatory safeguard training, Anti Bullying week resources and ideas
  • A couple of articles on how to stress less and care leavers success story

Be prepared for those darker nights !

Current Total People Safeguarding Trends – October 2018

Current trends

Location and sector
Of the 30 reports this month,the child care sector reported 11 – by far the most. The types of concerns were varied, and support and guidance was offered with continued monitoring.
10 of these reports were for learners at Burford House, ranging from low level, right up to the incident that appeared in the national press.

Don’t forget the useful link for local resources of help.

Individual learner risk assessment
During the summer the safeguarding team worked closely with the team introducing the new sign up paperwork for all learners. We wanted to ensure that every learner had an initial assessment, and that we were responsive enough to identify risk to each learner. That risk could be from a learning point of view (IE having an EHC plan)from a background point of view ( family issues or addictions) to criminal convictions (identifying a risk to self, others or colleagues.)
There have been a number of concerns raised where the risk was not identified on induction and 6 – 8 weeks later become an safeguarding concern for the learner and the organisation.
The latest advice from the department of Education suggests training for those colleagues who are completing inductions to help identify risk at the earliest opportunity.
Steve Bloor – our safeguard co ordintaor would be interested to hear if you would like any such training, and what form that should take.

Coming soon – Mandatory training Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018.

All colleagues will be asked to read some key documents and acknowledge they have read and understand their role in them. Everyone will also need to read part A of the guidance.

Those colleagues who have face to face contact with learners under 18 (up to 25 if classed as vulnerable) will also need to read Annex A and acknowledge they have read and understood their role.

This will be key to Total People being compliant with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018.


Anti bullying week
Week commencing 12th November is Anti Bullying week. Follow the link for resources and ideas.

You can raise money with a “wear something blue day” or complete any of the activities, or take part in a nationwide survey.

Success story - A care leavers covenant

An opportunity scheme to provide a spare room for those young people who are leaving care and face obstacles – here is a success story.

5 ways to stress less!

Womens hour Radio 4 – great tips to stress less.

October Safeguarding Stats

There were
Learner Concerns

Information or low level
There are
Currently unresolved 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