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Child protection

Abi Clay

How to respond to peer-on-peer abuse

Children abusing other children has become a significant concern for schools. Abi Clay explains why staff should make use of what they know to respond effectively. Over the years I have spent supporting children, young people and teachers with all aspects of child protection, we have become more...
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Matt Miller

Terrorism and schools: are we doing enough?

Following publication of a report into how prepared London is for a terrorist incident, Matt Miller considers what the implications are for schools. As autumn descends on a year that will long be remembered for a litany of terrorist atrocities across the country, notably in London and Manchester, I...
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Dai Durbridge

Child Protection in Education: your top 5 questions answered

From safeguarding records and new KCSIE guidance to policies and risk assessment, lawyer Dai Durbridge provides answers to the most popular questions asked by delegates at our recent conference. 1. Does the duty of passing on safeguarding records when a child moves schools rest with the old school...
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Davide Pochi

Dear diary: my day at the Child Protection conference

From one-to-one legal advice and strategies on implementing safeguarding procedures to... a tinsel-green coloured Lamborghini? Here's what I took away from the Child Protection in Education conference. It’s 5.30am on Thursday 15 th of September when my alarm goes off. The day is finally here. It’s...
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Dai Durbridge

Lawyers learn too: 5 reflections on Child Protection in Education 2016

With the outstanding London conference fresh in my mind, I thought I would offer five things I learned and useful and insightful snippets from last week. Serious Case Reviews (SCR) SCRs are changing but the recommendations within SCRs are something of a constant: better multiagency working more...
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Alan Mackenzie

E-Safety in 2016: onwards and upwards

E-safety often has to evolve as quickly as technology itself. Alan Mackenzie looks at what we’re learning and how schools can keep up-to-date. Step back, and take a look at what's happening now Prevent high-profile media reporting increased Ofsted focus pressures of the curriculum incidents outside...
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