Good morning safeguarding colleagues
Many of my school based safeguarding colleagues will have broken up now for the Christmas period others will be heading towards this swiftly having ensured their pupils have had a fantastic build up to the festive season with panto’s, nativities, carol concerts and much more so a hearty well done to all of you its an extremely busy period.
Late though this is I did just want to alert you all to the Government consultation on the anticipated update for the statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education(KCSIE)
The consultation opened on 14 December 2017 and closes 28 February 2018. It is important that all professionals working in this area of safeguarding review and comment on this guidance review; as there have been changes made throughout KCSIE to reflect the changes being made within the review of Working Together to Safeguard Children (WT). WT is being consulted on separately and any resulting revisions to the final version will be reflected in KCSIE
As professionals, you will have an opportunity to help shape and form the guidance; including expectations on you as safeguarding leads. So, do please try and take a little time to consider both, there is limited time left for Working Together as it closes on the 31st December 2017 – so it’s not too late, yet! You could get your staff involved on an inset day in reading and commenting on KCSIE too.
I feel sure it’s the last thing you wish to think about over the coming festive period but the changes will have long lasting impacts on your practice.
On a happier note, I wish to say to all of you who give the energy, time and effort working in your educational establishments supporting and directing the safeguarding and wellbeing of children and young people, in what are often difficult situations with competing demands on your resources and time, often with limited support you do an amazing job. I have seen first-hand the difference an observant and committed safeguarding team can make to the life of a child when they coordinate and refer concerns or work with families to support them.
On that note, I wish you all a peaceful and fun filled Christmas and new year period and look forward to working with you in the coming year.
Very best wishes and seasons greetings