COVID 19 Safeguarding Policy Addendum - Stowe Valley MAT Template

On 27th March, The DfE published interim safeguarding guidance for schools during COVID 2020. Stowe Valley MAT shared an addendum to their safeguarding policy that can be adapted by other schools. Schools wishing to use the template should ensure their local context and safeguarding partnership arrangements are reflected. Many thanks to Louis Donald, Trust Safeguarding Manager and Stowe Valley Multi  Academy Trust for their kindness and consent to share.

Safeguarding children and families in the event of enforced school closure due to the Coronavirus

This document brings together ideas and resources that will help schools to plan and develop their safegaurding response in the event of school closure due to the Coronavirus 

NSPCC, Let children know you're listening (January 2019)

Previous NSPCC research has shown that adults don’t always recognise, understand or react appropriately when a child or young person starts to tell them about experiences of abuse and that this can mean that the child doesn’t get the support they need (Allnock and Miller, 20131). This briefing draws on consultations with children and professionals to find out how adults who work with children can make sure they are hearing the child’s disclosures of abuse and are better able to respond.  

NSPCC, No-one Noticed, No-one Heard, 2013

This report describes the childhood experiences of abuse of young men and women and how they disclosed this abuse and sought help. Researchers interviewed 60 young adults (aged 18-24 years) who had experienced high levels of different types of abuse and violence during childhood. The young adults were asked whether they had tried to tell anyone about what was happening to them, and what had happened as a result of their disclosures. Although much research suggests that few children disclose sexual abuse, in this study over 80% had tried to tell someone about the abuse.

Ofsted - Education inspection framework (September 2019)

This framework provides information as to the areas that Ofsted inspects within a maintained schools, academies, non-association independent schools, further education and skills provision and registered early years providers in England.

Ofsted - Inspecting Safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings (September 2019)

This handbook sets out what Ofsted inspectors must consider when inspecting safeguarding. It outlines the evidence that inspectors will look for during inspections. It also sets out the judgements that inspectors will make and on which they will report.

National FGM Centre, Female genital mutilation: Guidance for schools, June 2019

The purpose of this guidance is to equip professionals in education settings to respond to concerns regarding girls at risk of FGM. Within this document, you will find:

  • General information on FGM & the law 
  • FGM risk indicators
  • Requirements of the RSE guidance regarding FGM
  • How to explore concerns with children and parents/carers 
  • A resource on how to explore concerns and make referrals to children’s social care

The Children's Society, Counting lives, Responding to children who are criminally exploited, July 2019

This report highlights the current context of threats facing children and young people in relation to criminal exploitation and how, as a society, we are struggling to get to grips with this complex safeguarding issue. It analyses what is meant by child criminal exploitation; what current methods of exploitation The Children’s Society and their partners currently observe; and how responses across national and local organisations could be made more effective.

Teaching Online Safety In Schools (June 2019)

New Guidence to support schools on how to teach their children to stay safe online

Safer Recruitment Consortium, Guidance for Safer Working Practice May 2019

Safer Recuitment Consortium updated 'Guidance for Safer Wprking Practice'.  When reviewing your child protection policies and procedures we recommend that this be read in conjunction with the DfE statutory guidance Keeping children safe in education