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Information And Guidance For Schools

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education - Guidance to all schools and colleges  has been updated from 3rd September 2018. Please find more information here. In summary, the updated guidance includes a new section (Part 5) on child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment, guidance on the management of safeguarding in a school and information on the criminal exploitation of children, homelessness, domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation and children missing education. The NSPCC has published a briefing for schools and colleges here
  • Designated Safeguarding Leads Spring term safeguarding round-up.
  • Achieving for Children Risk Assessment form around DBS for Schools - Download 
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education - On the 5th September 2016, the Department for Education (DfE) issued the updated statutory guidance 'Keeping Children Safe in Education'. The 2016 guidance makes explicit that: 'Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone's responsibility' Please follow this link to see the full details of the changes.
  • LSCB FGM briefing for schools - Download
  • The Prevent Duty: Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers - Download
  • Children Missing from Education - On the 5th September, the Department for Education (DfE) issued the updated statutory guidance 'Children Missing Education'. Please follow this link to see the full details of the changes.
  • Children Missing from Education Policy and Procedure -
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  • What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused: advice for practitioners by the Department for Education - Download
  • ChildLine School Services for Kingston and Richmond -
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  • Guidance from Southend-on-Sea LSCB: Safe use of tidal mudflats - Download

    Directory of Resources in Richmond and Kingston
  • From our local learning we have developed details of resources around sexual abuse, sexual health and emotional wellbeing in Kingston, Richmond, local and national for parents, children and young people.  Download here.
     

Safer Recruitment

  • Standards and guidance for organisations who work with children and young people - Download
  • Kingston and Richmond LSCB Safe Recruitment -
    Minimum Expectations - Download
  • Checklist of questions / expectations for schools employing "therapists" or other emotional wellbeing services -  
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Disqualification by Association

Details of the changes to the childcare disqualification arrangements made by the 2018 Regulations are provided in Annex A of this draft guidance. An explanation of how Ofsted will consider waiver applications up to 31 August is set out in Annex B. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/disqualification-under-the-childcare-act-2006

Under the 2018 Regulations, schools are no longer required to establish whether a member of staff providing, or employed to work in, childcare is disqualified by association. Regulation 9 does not apply to staff in a relevant school setting; disqualification by association is only relevant where childcare is provided in domestic settings (e.g. where childminding is provided in the home) or under registration on domestic premises. Accordingly, schools should not ask their staff questions about cautions or convictions of someone living or working in their household. Schools should 

  • review their staffing policies and safer recruitment procedures, and make changes accordingly.  It is important that schools follow the safer recruitment procedures set out in Part three of KCSIE. Schools and local authorities should also review their safeguarding policies, to ensure that they fully comply with KCSIE, and ensure that their policies are clear about the expectations they place on staff, including where their relationships and associations both within and outside of the workplace.


Safeguarding Self-Assessments and Section 11 Audits

The LSCB strongly encourages all agencies that work with children and young people to ensure their arrangements reflect the importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
Working Together to Safeguard Children requires LSCBs to gather data to assess whether partners are meeting their statutory obligations. 

In Richmond and Kingston, Schools’ compliance with Section 11 is monitored annually and we would ask school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads to complete a Safeguarding Audit/self-assessment with their Designated Safeguarding Governor.  On completion, this should be submitted to Lucy Macarthur at lucy.macarthur@kingrichlscb.org.uk

You will then be contacted at a later date in order for us to complete a short monitoring meeting with you, in order to ensure you are addressing the areas of development on your action plan. 

Whilst we do not ask for a specific format for this work, the LSCB recommend this template which has been kindly shared with us by Michele Robbins and which was developed in partnership with Merton Council.  Alternatively, schools may wish to use the NSPCC tools to evaluate their own safeguarding effectiveness - Download 

For more information, support and suggested templates/toolkits to use, please contact Lucy MacArthur, LSCB Coordinator at lucy.macarthur@kingrichlscb.org.uk          

School Governors have a broad remit in covering all aspects of school life in their oversight. The LSCB has created this draft
template for Safeguarding Governors to consider their own school and its needs. Please do let us know if you have any comments or alternatively contact your Kingston LSCB Governor Rep Jenny Ward, St Mary's School. 

The LSCB has also produced guidance for Early Years: Self-Audit of Safeguarding Standards & Duties - Download

ESafety

Get more advice about ESafety from the following links:

BBC Own It

Kingston and Richmond LSCB Staying Safe Online