Safeguarding

Students experiencing separation anxiety

Separation anxiety could pose challenges for schools returning this autumn.

“It can be hard to recognise an anxiety disorder. Kids who worry are often quietly worried,” says Dr Michelle Curtin, developmental-behavioural pediatrician at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

What are the signs of separation anxiety disorder, why might it occur and what can be done about it? This blog post explains.

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Missed safeguarding issues

“It just feels like nobody cares about us”, paediatrician Sarah Cockman had been told by parents and children on visits to B&Bs where homeless families had been staying. From bed-wetting to anxiety to leering men on doorsteps missed safeguarding issues have caused great concern during 2020.

Teachers have been told to expect a “tsunami of safeguarding concerns” when schools return this week.

The horrendous situation for families has been compounded during lockdown. The impact of inequality has exploited young people. EDBlog takes a look at missed safeguarding issues and how communities can work together to resolve them.

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Report: Child protection referrals could soar by 250%

There could be an increase of 250% in child protection referrals that need to be investigated and kept safe when lockdown is eased further, according to the head of the largest child protection department in the UK.

Matt Dunkley, corporate director for children and young people at Kent County Council, said: “What we are looking at is a huge surge in September in children needing to be seen, families needing to be assessed, when they are at the end of their tether after six months being locked down or being out of the eye of their school… that leaves us with a huge problem.”

EDBlog previously reported that teachers were feeling “stressed and overwhelmed” about a surge in safeguarding concerns post-lockdown. But what do the latest revelations mean? This blog post explains. 

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Safeguarding apprentices – what are my obligations?

According to Apprenticeship statistics for England, in the 2017/18 academic year, 814,800 young people joined an apprenticeship scheme, nearly a quarter of whom were under 19. Any organisation educating young people under the age of 18 has statutory responsibilities under current legislation such as ‘Keeping Children in Education’ KCSIE. Your safeguarding responsibilities are no different than that of a school.

Due to their relative inexperience in the workplace apprentices may be particularly vulnerable to anxiety or struggle to cope with the transition. Systems can help staff recognise this and offer suitable support to those who need it. Organisations offering any kind of apprenticeship or traineeship to young people need to put processes in place to protect their learners.

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5 benefits of eyes-on learning

Eyes-on learning means you can gain the experience of classroom learning combined with the benefits of online learning – as well as being in a fully safeguarded environment.

Students can access a range of facilities once they have logged in to our online virtual portal and seats.

Eyes-on learning combines live teaching and support for your learning. A live stream ensures safeguarding and the learners can ask for assistance anytime.

But what are the five benefits of eyes-on learning? This blog post explains.

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Safeguarding Week: Report finds huge spike in stress and safety due to lockdown

The impact of the lockdown on safeguarding is starting to show – with a number of reports showing a rise on phycological stress and safety concerns among young people.

EDLounge reported in June that schools were braced for a “tsunami of safeguarding disclosures” when schools reopened.

Safeguarding Week 2020 has taken extra significance due to the unprecedented circumstances, according to the Chair of North Yorkshire’s Safeguarding Adults Board (NYSAB)

This blog post takes a look at the impact on lockdown and what teachers can do to spot flags.

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Are you caring for vulnerable students?

The Government has continuously said throughout the pandemic that vulnerable students are their priority.

Schools have remained open for vulnerable children and those children whose parents are keyworkers. However many vulnerable children have not attended.

Issues such as digital poverty have arisen, and while schools return to normal the question remains: are you caring for vulnerable students?

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Safeguarding is making teachers “feel overwhelmed & helpless”

Teachers feel overwhelmed and helpless due to a large number of safeguarding concerns caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

A “tsumani of safeguarding disclosures” is feared when pupils do return to the classroom, according to one safeguarding lead. It has been reported that schools and PRUs may struggle to cope with the huge rise in cases.

When learning from home, schools remain responsible for safeguarding students. But are schools doing everything to safeguard their students and can they do more? This blog post explains.

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