Keeping Children Safe in Education – September 2016

Working Together to Safeguard Children – March 2015

Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years, Education and Skills Settings – August 2015

HSCB Schools Safeguard Self Audit Tool

Guidance on the Transfer of a Child Protection Safeguarding File 

HSCB Model Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedure for Schools

A new HSCB model child protection and safeguarding policy and procedure has been produced in collaboration with local schools to reflect the government’s revised guidance ‘ Keeping Children Safe in Education’ 2016 and local arrangements’.  It is hoped this will prove useful for schools in the annual review of their internal policies.

Model Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures for Schools

The HSCB wishes to thank everyone who contributed to the consultation for its development’

Supplementary School

National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education:

Extremism & Radicalisation:

Prevent Duty Guidance:
Guidance for specified authorities in England and Wales on the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

In order to fulfil this legal duty schools must understand what is expected of them. They must be aware of the practical steps that they can take to implement effective safeguarding systems, and must develop a good understanding of the nature of these rapidly evolving issues. Follow the link for an outline created by Victvs of the key aspects of the duty that school leadership teams need to be aware of.

 The UK government recently placed a legal duty on schools to have due regard for the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism. Whilst it is the government’s intention for these efforts to become part of wider safeguarding measures in schools, there are areas of the new duty that will require specialist knowledge. Follow the link for seven key points from the new that teachers Prevent Duty that school staff need to be aware of as created by Victvs.

Follow the link below for advice for schools and childcare providers on the Prevent Duty

Sexting guidance for schools and colleges

The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) Education Group has published non-statutory advice for schools and colleges on responding to incidents of sexting. This includes responding to disclosures; handling devices and imagery; risk assessing situations; involving other agencies; information about preventative education; working with parents; reporting imagery to providers.

Further information: Sexting in schools and colleges: responding to incidents and safeguarding young people (PDF)

ChildNet have created a guidance to help schools understand, prevent and respond to cyber bullying.

You can access the guidance here:

They have also  launched , films and activities about cyberbullying, sexting and peer pressure.

E-Safety Training for Children

EST E-Safety Training is an organisation that delivers Roadshows in schools to both pupils and parents.  They have worked extensively with Essex and Thurrock Children’s Safeguarding Boards. They are enhanced DBS checked and are qualified Police trainers and CEOP Ambassador trainers.  To find out more go to their website 

Child mental health toolkit for schools

The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) has developed a free toolkit for school leaders wishing to assess and improve the support their school provides for children’s well being and mental health. The framework has four stages: deciding to act and identifying what is in place already; getting a shared understanding and commitment to change and development; building relationships and developing practices; implementation and evaluation.

Further information: A whole school framework for emotional well being and mental health: a self-assessment and improvement tool for school leaders (PDF)

A whole school framework for emotional well-being and mental health: supporting resources for school leaders (PDF)

What to do if you are worried about a child. To discuss concerns or make a referral: