Safeguarding

Building strong partnerships for effective contextual safeguarding

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Contextual safeguarding recognises that as children grow up they can encounter many factors that may put their lives or well-being in jeopardy. Embedding strong partnerships can foster a stronger safeguarding environment so children can reach their educational potential and thrive in adulthood.

It can be difficult to manage every encounter a child has in their neighbourhoods, online, in school or during leisure activities. Using a collaborative approach can build strong partnerships to provide effective contextual safeguarding.

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5 ways to support a child involved in county lines

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Safeguarding children should be of paramount importance, but spotting the signs of why a child might be in danger of being involved in county lines can be tricky.

In this blog, we’ll explore what county lines are, the dangers and what you can do to effectively support your students who desperately need support.

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How to build effective relationships with students

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Building meaningful relationships can play a fundamental role in ensuring a student feels more confident in their academic ability and well-being. We must find common ground with students, parents and families so everyone involved can have better experiences in education.

How can we achieve this? In this blog, we’ll delve into strategies you can look at implementing to build effective relationships with your students.

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5 ways you can improve safeguarding

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Safeguarding students should be paramount within the education system. As stated in KCSIE 2023, safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Robust and stringent measures need to be implemented to ensure everyone involved in a school environment is protected and secured.

Jonathan Keay, Senior HMI stated:

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How we can support children who have experienced trauma

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Children who have been exposed to trauma or Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) may exhibit certain behaviours or refuse to attend education. How can we overcome their barriers and what can we implement to support them?

EDClass spoke to Danny Wolstencroft, from Lads Like Us, who are safeguarding consultants going across the UK to discuss trauma-informed care to all types of professionals. Their goal is to inform professionals on how to effectively support children who have experienced trauma and what strategies we can implement to overcome barriers.

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Safeguarding students with innovative solutions

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Students who are persistently and severely absent need creative and innovative solutions that address their specific needs. How can this be achieved? What support can be put in place to ensure they are safe?

EDClass spoke to international safeguarding consultant, Victoria Raynor, and we discussed safeguarding, absenteeism and driving engagement using a hybrid model.

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5 top tips for due diligence on alternative provisions

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Conducting due diligence on alternative provisions should be of paramount importance. The provision should prioritise supporting students with specific needs and implementing the most effective support possible.

Integrating an effective alternative provision can be achieved by identifying the specific needs of students and providing an element of support that they feel most comfortable with. This is so their personal development can be prioritised in terms of their well-being and academic growth and potentially lead to a successful reintegration.

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How remote teaching can be safeguarded effectively

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Remote teaching has emerged to be an incredible resource for students across the UK, especially those who cannot access mainstream education. However, these students must be safeguarded to the highest degree.

With recent surges in the number of teachers being banned, it is now vital that the benefits of EdTech are integrated with sophisticated safeguarding measures to ensure a student’s safety.
According to a recent iNews article, there has now been a “five-year high” in the number of teachers being banned concerning sexual misconduct allegations. The article states:

“In total, 108 teachers across England were handed lifetime bans from the profession last year – the highest number in five years.”

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Monitoring Students that are School Refusers

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School refusal can manifest in many forms, and for many different reasons. It is usually expressed as severe emotional distress at the prospect of attending school, caused by a number of different issues or conditions. It may be a short-term issue caused by a specific incident, or it could be a long-term problem that occurs continually or intermittently.

From incidents of bullying or other social problems to anxiety, school phobia, issues with separation from parents, unidentified special education or mental health needs and more, no case of school refusal is the same, there are endless reasons behind the problem, and identifying those is crucial in developing an appropriate response early on.

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