Presentation on theme: "Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups - a governors perspective"— Presentation transcript:
1 Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups - a governors perspective Governors Conference14th March 2015Penryn SchoolWorkshop delivered by: Helen TreleaseIndependent Safeguarding Children Trainer and Advisor, and Safeguarding Governor
2 IntroductionsHow do we define vulnerable?Who are our vulnerable groups in school?What impact can their vulnerability have on them?What is the role of the governing body in safeguarding vulnerable groups?
3 How do we define vulnerable? ‘Open to moral attack/ criticism / temptation’ etc‘Capable of being physically or mentally hurt’‘In need of special care, support or protection’
4 Who are our most vulnerable groups within our schools?
5 Vulnerable Groups in school CYP subject of a Child Protection planPupil premium childrenincludes children in careThose being bulliedThose with poor school attendanceLow self-confidence/self esteemMental health issuesYoung carersExposure toDomestic abuseVulnerable Groups in schoolCYP from minority groupsLGBTThose with low academic attainmentWhere socio economic factors are impacting on CYPThese may not all apply to your setting but it reinforces the importance of ensuring that we look beyond child protection when we talk about ‘safeguarding’.Take some time before the course to consider safeguarding in the context of the education setting that you are training and if necessary add any that you feel you may be missing. Eg pupil mentoring, buddies, Promoting healthy bodies ie diet, exercise, knowledge of childrenParental mental health and substance misuseGifted and talentedSEN and children with additional needsThose with challenging and complex behaviours5
6 Local PerspectiveWhilst the percentage of children in poverty in Cornwall overall (19%) is below the national average (21%) there are some neighbourhoods where the proportion is twice the national average.Approximately 420 young carersApproximately 257 teenage parents579 young offendersEstimated 6,400 children with identified mental health problemTaken from Cornwall’s Early Help Strategy
7 CORNWALLS CHILD PROTECTION STATISTICS ( January 2015) Numbers of Children by District and Category Approximately 110,000 children in CornwallCornwallEastMidWestOtherNo. of children subject to a child protection plan4051591231194*No. of children in the care of the local authority44317311613816Figures can be placed in context of population of children aged 0-17 in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly as approx 105,000 ( as of 2003 South West ID)
8 Breakdown of no: of children under each category ( January 2015) (does not include small number under multiple categories)PHYSICAL42NEGLECT253EMOTIONAL100SEXUAL10
9 What impact can their vulnerability have on them as individuals?
10 What is Safeguarding? Protecting children from maltreatment Preventing impairment of children’s health and developmentEnsuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective careTake action to enable all children have the best outcomes(Ref: Working Together 2013)Safeguarding is not just about child protection. This is only one aspect of keeping children safe but is the aspect we will be focussing on during this training.It is also about promoting the welfare of children and young people and meeting the needs of the child.Different settings have different responsibilities in relation to Staying Safe although there are common themes for everyone.Definition slightly revised in the recently published revised Working Together to Safeguard Children (April 2013).
11 Two key inspection issues follow from this definition The effectiveness of schools in taking reasonable steps to ensure that children and learners are safe.The effectiveness of the schools in helping to ensure that children and learners feel safe.
12 What does ‘Safeguarding children & young people’ mean within the context of your school setting? Emphasise that the term ‘safeguarding’ is sometimes confused and only thought of as another word for child protection.Very important to reinforce whilst they may have limited or no involvement in child protection everyone who works with children and young people has a responsibility to safeguard the children in their care.If you have got time get them to think about this in small groups without looking at the next slide. Take feedback and record it on flip chart/white board in a similar way to the next slide and then compare the lists.If anxious about time ask them to reflect on this at a later date but for now consider the following slide.12
13 Safeguarding Child Protection Behaviour management Staff Conduct Observations: Knowing your children – who are your vulnerable children?Safeguarding PoliciesBuilding confidence and self esteemSafeguardingE- safetyManaging allegations against StaffDealing effectively with bullyingThese may not all apply to your setting but it reinforces the importance of ensuring that we look beyond child protection when we talk about ‘safeguarding’.Take some time before the course to consider safeguarding in the context of the education setting that you are training and if necessary add any that you feel you may be missing. Eg pupil mentoring, buddies, Promoting healthy bodies ie diet, exercise, knowledge of childrenLISTEN TO CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLEAssessments ie Health and Safety and RiskAttendanceBalanced curriculum includinghealth, emotional and social wellbeingStaff Recruitment and Selection13
14 Teachers Standards 2012 Part 2: Personal and Professional Conduct A teacher is expected to demonstrate consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct -----Treating pupils with dignity, building relationships rooted in mutual respect, and at all times observing proper boundaries appropriate to a teachers professional positionHaving regard for the need to safeguard pupils’ well being, in accordance with statutory provisions
15 What does Safeguarding mean in the context of your role as a Governing body?
16 Safeguarding Child Protection Reviewing Policies and Procedures: including anti bullying, behaviour managementStaff Conduct‘Critical Friend ‘Looked after ChildrenE- safetyListening to Children and Young PeopleSafeguardingManaging Allegations Against StaffWhistle blowingThese may not all apply to your setting but it reinforces the importance of ensuring that we look beyond child protection when we talk about ‘safeguarding’.Take some time before the course to consider safeguarding in the context of the education setting that you are training and if necessary speak to the manager of the setting for their thoughts.Health and Safety(including building design)Relevant and Regularly Updated Safeguarding TrainingMonitoring AttendanceAwareness of the CurriculumSafer Recruitment and Selection16
17 Keeping Children Safe in Education Published April 2014 DoE Statutory Guidance for ALL schools and collegesSets out the duties and responsibilities that schools and colleges must assume to safeguard and promote the welfare of childrenAll schools and colleges must adhere to this guidance.
18 Keeping Children Safe In Education April ‘14 DoE: Part One: Safeguarding Information for all staff includes:Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children.School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children to prevent concerns from escalating.Staff members working with children are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned.
19 Part Two: The management of safeguarding The responsibility of governing bodies and proprietors Key themes:Inter-agency working – this includes providing a co-ordinated offer of early help when additional needs of children are identifiedSafeguarding policies – effective child protection policy together with staff behaviour policy (code of conduct)Designated governor safeguarding leadOpportunities to teach safeguardingThe children’s wishes and feelings- there need to be systems in place for children to express their views and give feedbackLooked after childrenMissing Children - need to have appropriate safeguarding responses in place
20 Specific Safeguarding Issues: Keeping Children Safe in Education April ’14 DoE (Part One S.25) Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)Bullying including cyber bullyingDomestic abuseDrugs and AlcoholFabricated, induced illnessFaith abuseFemale genital mutilation (FGM)Forced marriageGangs and youth violenceGender based violence/ violence against women and girls (VAWG)Mental HealthPrivate FosteringRadicalisationSextingTeenage relationship abuseTraffickingTES website provides more information on these, as does NSPCC website, ( and the GOV.UK website
21 The role of the Governing Body in relation to vulnerable children Ensure you have safeguarding governor and a chair of governors who are keeping up to date on local and national initiatives.To be a ‘critical friend’What support and guidance is available for vulnerable children in your school?Attend appropriate trainingCheck out how many you have?How is the money allocated for pupil premium children, and how can you show it is making a difference?