Safeguarding

John Viner

When the whistle blows...

Reporting malpractice in the workplace is now not only acceptable, but expected. What do school staff need to know, and who can they trust? Source: Richard Wheeler (Zephyris) 2007 Few people would know the name of Dr Stephen Bolsin had he not become famous – some might say infamous – for making...
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Elizabeth Holmes

A proactive approach to keeping pupils safe

In addition to keeping pupils safe from physical harm in school, all staff must stay alert to signs of abuse - online or offline. All aspects of pupil wellbeing should be at the heart of what a school provides. This is made clear in the Teachers’ Standards 2012 , which emphasise teachers’...
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Jack Procter-Blain

Inspecting e-safety: an update

Schools are struggling to train staff and foster a collective e-safety culture, according to a recent assessment report. How can they ensure that policy and practice are inspection-ready? Attendees at last week’s Bett exhibition were invited to a half-hour seminar on ‘Inspecting Keeping Children...
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Jamie Bartlett

See no evil, fear no evil? Let pupils face dangers online!

I spent a year of my life immersed in the internet's darkest corners. Young people will do the same, and we need to let them learn from their mistakes. When it comes to teaching about the internet and media literacy, there are few words I dislike more than ‘safeguarding’. Not because the aspiration...
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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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Alan Mackenzie

Understand privacy settings to set pupils free online

Watch Alan Mackenzie’s screencast to learn how to set privacy settings for a number of social platforms and keep pupils safe online. The world can be a scary place no matter your age, and each generation faces new challenges. Yet there is one great difference between the world I or my parents grew...
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Abi Clay

Cultic abuse and its part in radicalisation

Watch Alan Mackenzie’s screencast to learn how to set privacy settings for a number of social platforms and keep pupils safe online. The world can be a scary place no matter your age, and each generation faces new challenges. Yet there is one great difference between the world I or my parents grew...
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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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Elizabeth Holmes

The Prevent duty – guidance and training for schools

What can schools do to help keep children and young people safe from radicalisation and extremism? Elizabeth Holmes provides a summary of essential guidance, documents and training resources. Keeping children safe from radicalisation and extremism is now a top priority with important...
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Sarah Gaffney

Child Protection in Education

On the 14th of October, me and other members of the Optimus team travelled up to Manchester for the Child Protection in Education conference. Wet, chilly and a bit bleary-eyed from the early morning, we headed to the beautiful Lowry hotel to set up the event, ready to welcome the delegates and...
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