Safeguarding in schools and post-16 settings
The Department for Education (DfE) issues the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance. Schools and colleges in England must have regard to the statutory guidance when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. All staff who work in schools and colleges must read and understand Part 1 and Annex A of Keeping Children Safe in Education.
There are numerous iterations of 'keeping children safe in education', the latest came into effect on 1 September 2020.
The DfE also issue The Independent Educational Provision in England and Independent School Standards which apply to independent schools.
All schools and colleges should already have a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy in place reflecting their safeguarding practice. It is likely that the policy will not accurately reflect new arrangements in response to COVID-19.
It is important that schools and colleges (led by a DSL or deputy, wherever possible) review and revise their child protection policy and keep it under review as circumstances continue to evolve. In some cases, a COVID-19 annex/addendum that summaries any key COVID-19 related changes might be more effective than re-writing and re-issuing the whole policy. To help education providers, we have developed a template appendix for your Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.
Termly Safeguarding in Education Bulletin
Previous bulletins published between 2017 to the end of the Summer term 2020 have now been removed. All future bulletins will be published on our website.
Learning and Development
Staff working in schools within Trafford can access any of the learning and development opportunities offered by Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership (TSSP), free of charge.
Following receipt of feedback the TSSP have developed two training courses for Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSLs) which are being offered from September 2020. There is now a refresher course available for experienced DSLs and a separate course for those who are new to the DSL role. For more information contact the TSSP Workforce Development Coordinator.