Welcome to the February bulletin which contains lots of useful and interesting information, learning and best practice on safeguarding children in education.
Continuing last week’s online safety theme regarding the impact of screen time, this month we look at what schools, colleges and settings should be doing when they have concerns regarding online safety and useful information about the Professionals Online Safety Helpline.
Last week we examined the role of early help – this week we discuss a DfE Report on the experiences of children with special educational needs and disability(SEND) in early years settings.
This week’s serious case review comes from the Mid and West Wales Safeguarding Children Board concerning a child who was electively home educated. There are key messages in this review and learning regarding young carers, not allowing the needs of the parents to blur our focus on the child, elective home education and the importance of professional curiosity, challenge and persistence.
As always, reading serious case reviews can be emotionally draining and so can the emotional impact of the daily work of designated safeguarding leads; it is important that you have access to support for your emotional well-being. Good practice safeguards staff as well as children and it is vital for staff who deal with safeguarding and child protection issues to receive supervision and support – either through line management or by contacting us to provide your school or setting with regular supervision sessions.
Anastasia Soola Georgiou
Safeguarding in Education Consultant