3. Reminders and revision as
preparation for final placement
• What is safeguarding?
• Child Protection: definitions and statistics
• Why does it affect us?
• Practical information (what to be aware of,
processes, designated teacher)
4. Safeguarding and child protection
Safeguarding and promoting the
welfare of children is defined as:
• protecting children
• preventing impairment
of children’s health or
• ensuring children are
growing up in
consistent with the
provision of safe and
Child protection is a part of
safeguarding and promoting welfare.
It refers to the activity that is undertaken to
protect specific children who are suffering,
or are likely to suffer, significant harm.
Effective child protection is essential as part
of wider work to safeguard and promote
the welfare of children. However, all
agencies and individuals should aim to
proactively safeguard and promote the
welfare of children so that the need for
action to protect children from harm is
5. Definitions and symptoms of abuse
There are four categories of abuse:
• Physical abuse
• Sexual abuse
• Emotional abuse
• Radicalisation - recent category – grooming
vulnerable and impressionable young children.
Teachers response: record and report.
7. Latest Statistics
• 50,000 approx. reported cases of child abuse
in two years (April 2012 – March 2014)
• Children’s commissioner estimates that 85%
of cases go unreported. (450,000)
Source: BBC.co.uk 24/11/15
8. Sexual abuse victims are :
Most likely to be 9 years
2/3 are abused inside
family & friends circle
Most victims don’t
recognise it as abuse until
they are older.
Source: Children’s Commissioner 2015
9. A sad case study 2002
• Holly Wells & Jessica Chapman
• Both 10 years old.
• Abused and murdered by a school
employee known to children, families
and staff – a caretaker in 2002.
• The accomplice did not have the
qualifications of a classroom assistant
as claimed on her job application;
because no-one checked
qualifications or references she
gained entry into a classroom – and
developed a working relationship and
trust with victims, their families and
• Identified the need to check records
of all school staff.
• Action: DBS checks in place for all
employees and potential employees.
10. Some more statistical facts
• Approximately one child dies every week as a result
of non-accidental injuries.
• Parents (including step-parents) are the most likely
• Strangers are statistically unlikely to be the
• 750,000 children witness violent domestic abuse
each year (Source: Refuge.org.uk 2015).
11. • Children with SEN or a disability are
more vulnerable to abuse – why so?
• We are all most at risk from those
closest to you: 25% of murders in
London are within a family
• (Source: Evening Standard 15/12/15)
13. The Legislative Context
• Children Act (1989): placed duty on local authorities,
including schools, to assist where children are in need or at
risk of harm.
• Education Act (2002): placed a duty on schools to promote
and safeguard welfare of children and schools have a moral
and legal responsibility to promote children’s well being ,
protect them from harm and to respond to child abuse.
• Children Act (2004) introduced statutory local Safeguarding
• Working together to safeguard children (DfE, 2013) places
onus on all education and care providers to be proactive and
take action to minimise exposure to risk. 13
15. • 680 people arrested in 9 months Mar – Nov
2015 for having indecent images of children
• 90% not previously known
• 104 in positions of trust
• Including 32 in education
(Source : BBC.co.uk 15/12/15)
17. Teachers’ Standards Part Two
Personal and Professional Conduct
• A teacher is expected to demonstrate
consistently high standards of personal
and professional conduct.
• Teachers uphold public trust in the
profession and maintain high standards
of ethics and behaviour, within and
• Regard for the need to safeguard pupils’
• Teachers must have proper and
professional regard for the ethos, policies
and practice of the school in which they
18. How can teachers safeguard their pupils?
• Being alert to the general well being of pupils
• Carrying out risk assessments
• Understanding and implementing Care Plans as required
• Building a positive classroom ethos and addressing
• Delivering a good PSHE curriculum and E Safety
• Sharing concerns
• Building good relationships with parents and families
• Being well briefed on the CP status & circumstances of
19. If you have any concerns about a child…..
• Observe, listen, ask natural general questions
• Share it with the designated teacher immediately
• Do not interview the child as you can compromise
• Always make it clear to the child that you will share
the information and do not agree to keep secrets.
• Do not take photos or examine a child
22. Protecting Children:
• Rules for pupil conduct when using school
computers, including use of Internet, email and
• How content is filtered and use monitored.
• How to deal with E-Safety related incidents e.g.
access to inappropriate content or cyber bullying.
•Rules and procedures for use of digital images of
children and publishing content online.
24. Careless use of social media can blur the separation of personal and professional lives
25. As professionals working in positions of significant responsibility with young children
it is especially important to consider the potential pitfalls and how they can be
You must safeguard your own professional reputation.
What will schools find out about you ….google….
26. Avoid compromising your
•Review and lock down privacy settings so that you are certain who can
• Pupils (and staff) may search social networking sites to find teachers. If
your profile is set to be visible via a public search, what information can
be seen? Try it.
• Think carefully about who you choose to accept as a friend and think
about any knock-on implications.
•Do not encourage or accept friend requests from pupils or parents from
your placement school. Think about the complexities of having a teaching
colleague as a ‘friend’
•Regardless of privacy settings, never discuss colleagues, pupils, parents
or issues which may compromise your professional role if made public..
Doing so will lead to disciplinary procedures.
•Think before you post…would it stand up to scrutiny by your school ,
your children, their parents…or your Mum?
• Remember…others may tag you in their photos
27. Protecting Yourself:
Acceptable Use Policy
All Kent schools have a code of conduct for
internet/computer use by employees.
It may cover areas such as:
• Professional use of school computer equipment
•Rules about use of personal ICT equipment in the
•Secure storage of data including images of children.
You need a copy of this and you need to
know what it means for you!
29. Two final thoughts
You are adding to
It has the potential
to follow you
30. When you first visit your school…
• Ask for a copy of the Safeguarding Children
policy & E Safety/ Acceptable use Policy.
• Identify the Designated Teacher for
• Find out how you can record/report any
31. Guidelines for safe practice.............
• Don’t give children gifts
• Maintain professional boundaries. Do not give out your
personal address, home/mobile phone number or e-mail
address. Use your professional contact details at all
• If a child touches you inappropriately, record and report
it to the designated person.
• Dress appropriately.
• Physical contact should be needs led, age and gender
• Avoid conduct which could be misinterpreted e.g.
horseplay, tickling or fun fights. Avoid children sitting on
32. • Do not carry out any personal care for a child that
they can do for themselves.
• Record and report incidents involving a child,
including injuries, in line with school procedures e.g.
Child Protection, Physical Intervention, Health and
• When meeting with pupils 1 to 1 ensure you are
visible and/or open door.
• Only use photographs when appropriate to a school
lesson or activity and with correct permissions.
• Report any concerns about a colleague’s behaviour
and/or attitude toward children to the Head
• Collect and read the e-safety AND
safeguarding/child protection policy from your
• KNOW who you should talk to if you have
• Don’t be afraid to ask if you’re unsure or
unconvinced by a situation you face
• Seek help!
• Most children are loved & well looked after
Notas do Editor
, estimate at least 20 SDdays always depressing! I am pleased in one sense as literally.
HEALTH WARNING : if you need to leave then a tutor will follow you out.
I use pictures if children to remind you what this is all about not policy, theory, law but children’s lives!
Grooming vulnerable young people Teachers’ response should be the same as for other categories. Record and report
Lots of publicity could assume its everywhere Some infamous cases
Why so? Discuss with your neighbour
Possibly the most important role a teacher has…… regular contact, know children well
Recent legislation 2013 most significant
Could be any one parents, siblings, priests, doctors, bus drivers, teachers, men, women, ……the ordinary and the famous….
School e-safety policy – your first stop!
All schools will have an e-safety policy setting out the specifics of the school’s approach to safeguarding children when using any forms of digital technology. In Kent they are based on the Kent “core e-Safety policy and audit”. YOU MUST READ AND FULLY UNDERSTAND THE POLICY AND PRACTICE IN YOUR SCHOOL BEFORE YOU BEGIN ANY TYPE OF WORK WITH DIGITAL ASSETS.
Staff code of conduct for ICT use
All Kent schools are required to have one!
One student used a Ipad for personal e mail and left it there
DO NOT USE OWN CAMERAS / PHONES – storing images of children on your own personal equipment makes you very vulnerable!
You are creating a digital footprint in everything that you do.
It has the potential to follow you round forever
Can be tricky with colleagues …physical abuse by teacher experience whistle blowers
You can not discuss pupils and particularly those involved in any safeguarding CP situation with anyone beyond the staff immediately involved.