Ofsted annual report 2017/18... What you need to know in relation to safeguarding

January 2019

On the 4th of December, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman launched her annual report for 2017/18. So what are the key points you need to know in relation to safeguarding? Read on... Safeguarding in schools The report highlighted that safeguarding in schools has improved but the proportion of schools with ineffective safeguarding arrangements remains high, at 10%. All schools (97) that had ineffective safeguarding were inadequate in their overall effectiveness. The chief inspec...

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Guide for parents and teachers - How to talk to children about terrorism…

November 2017

With recent tragic events filling our television screens, it is increasingly difficult to protect children from what is happening around the world. Even if we are successful in this, it is likely that they may hear about events from their peers. It can be tempting to try to avoid children’s questions. We may fear that we may say the wrong thing and subsequently, increase their anxiety or perhaps we simply do not have the answers they are looking for. As with any sensitive issue, it is imp...

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Safer Recruitment and Safer Working Practices... Getting it right.

November 2017

As a parent, I’m sure that I am not alone in holding a high expectation that school is a safe place for my child to be. As a professional working in the field of safeguarding, I know that sadly, this is not always the case. Creating an ongoing culture of vigilance is a term that is often used when we talk about safer recruitment and safer working practices, but words are easy. Getting it right in practice, is the real challenge.   The most recent statistics based on data provided by...

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