October 2017 – Working together to safeguard children consultation

Working together to safeguard children: revisions to statutory guidance consultation

This is significant for schools as previously schools have been represented as a partner on LSCB’s if the suggested changes are implemented this would change to being a ‘relevant agency’ and the safeguarding partners as identified in the proposed changes as local authorities, chief of police and clinical commissioning groups would have to set out how they will work together with relevant agencies.

The Department for Education (DfE) is seeking views on changes to the statutory guidance Working together to safeguard children and new regulations needed to support the new arrangements. These revisions reflect the legislative changes introduced through the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and relate to: the replacement of Local Children Safeguarding Boards (LCSBs) with local safeguarding partners; the establishment of a new national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel; and the transfer of responsibility for child death reviews from Local Safeguarding Children Boards to new Child Death Review Partners. The deadline for responses is 31 December 2017.

The NSPCC has published a briefing on the main proposed changes


Source: DfE  Date: 25 October 2017

Further information: Working together to safeguard children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (PDF)

Working together to safeguard children: revisions to statutory guidance (PDF)

There is further information in an article by Children and young People Now


October 2017 LGBTQ+ Childline video chat

Dear all

I thought this was likely to be a useful video link for secondary schools from the weekly Childline chats, Jamie and Chloe talk about safe sex in LGBTQ+ relationships. Its important that we the educator are informed and can inform young people about theses issues in a comfortable and confident manner. It is likely this video will update some of you and may be a suitable tool for use with some young people or their parents.

Voice Box, Childline’s weekly video chat, features Jamie and Chloe talking about safe sex in LGBTQ+ relationships.

Source: YouTube  Date: 11 October 2017

The link below is also very useful as it takes you directly to the NHS website and provides information about young peoples confidentiality age 13 -16 at sexual health clinics, there are further links to information about “safe sex” ‘peer pressure’ and external links for support.

Further information: NHS

Is everybody doing it guide’ – a useful leaflet about contraception below


I am currently researching more information about peer to peer abuse, a growing concern across the range of educational establishments.

Any thoughts do let me know.

best wishes


October 2017 – Useful Run, Hide, Tell video for 11 – 16 year olds from counter terrorism

Hi all

I thought this might be a useful tool for secondary schools and it would generate good discussion

Terrorism advice for young people

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) has launched a safety campaign designed to teach 11-16 year olds how to act if they are caught up in a gun or knife attack. The campaign teaches children and young people to: RUN if they are able to; HIDE if they are not; and TELL police of the threat only when it is safe to do so. They are also advised to warn others about an on-going threat, and told not to stop and use their mobiles phones until they are safely away from danger. The first phase of the campaign includes the creation of a Run, Hide, Tell emoji, and a short video. NaCTSO have also teamed up with key partners including the NSPCC, Childline and Educate Against Hate, to help and support parents who are anxious about discussing such a topic with their children.

Source: NaCTSO  Date: 28 September 2017

Further information: Run, hide tell: terrorism advice for young people (YouTube video)


October 2017 Online Grooming

Hi all

I thought this might be of interest to many of you.

The NSPCC are trialling a new anti-online grooming activity pack for professionals to use with vulnerable children and young people age 8 – 18 starting in October called “Stop TIME Online”.

It looks to be a really interesting tool which uses a 3 stage model to describe the communicative process involved in crime grooming:

1 online access

2 Entrapment

3 Offline access

for more information follow this link


It may be a while before it is released for wider use but one to look out for. I will try and keep you posted.

All the best