Key safeguarding and government updates
Keeping children safe in education
The government has published a draft of the statutory guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education, to come into force in September 2019. This update is simply to ensure that the guidance is consistent with other areas of government policy. There are no core changes or new expectations, however it is important to ensure your school’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy takes account of any typographical changes and that staff are aware of the changes to the Voyeurism (Offenses) Act 2019, which criminalises the act of ‘up skirting’.
The draft of Keeping Children safe in Education for September 2019 can be downloaded here.
Teaching online safety in schools
The government has published a new guidance document 'Teaching online safety in schools’. It outlines to schools the importance of helping children and young people not only to use the internet safely, but also gives them opportunities to learn how to behave online. Throughout, the guidance emphasises the importance of teaching that is always age and developmentally appropriate.
The guidance is non-statutory and applies to all local authority maintained schools, academies and free schools. The advice may also be helpful to nurseries and FE colleges.
The guidance can be viewed here.
NHS sets out ‘care for young carers’ offer in GP surgeries
It is estimated that up to one in five secondary school pupils provides some level of care for a parent or sibling. Many of these are ‘hidden’ carers who do not disclose their family circumstances and responsibilities to teachers, friends, GPs and other health care professionals.
Research from Barnardo’s and Carers Trust has highlighted a host of challenges young people face in juggling their caring role with their education and own health, with up to 40% experiencing mental health problems.
GPs across the country can now volunteer to offer a new package of services for children and young adults who perform an informal caring role for a family member.
Find out more here.