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Educators play a significant role in being able to keep children and young people safe. Professionals who work in schools, colleges, and nurseries know their children, young people and families well and are often in a good position to provide support and help.
Settings are able to safeguard children by;
protecting children from maltreatment
preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development
ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
It is a statutory requirement that every setting will a have Designated Safeguarding Lead who will oversee safeguarding work within their settings. Colleagues have to work in line with statutory guidance;
The team facilitate and support all education settings to complete an annual audit of their safeguarding practice to ensure that they are being compliant with statutory duties. Settings are provided with an action plan to develop practice.
S.175 of the Education Act 2002 requires local education authorities and the governing bodies of maintained schools and FE colleges to make arrangements to ensure that their functions are carried out with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. S. 157 of the Education Act 2002 and the Independent School Regulations 2003 convey the same responsibilities on all other non-maintained settings.
S.14B of the Children Act 2004 requires settings to complete the Annual Safeguarding Audit to share information with the Local Authority (Bristol City Council) and Local Safeguarding Partnership (Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership) to enable it to carry out its functions to safeguard children and young people.
The team work with statutory agencies such as the police and social care to ensure effective information sharing about individual families in compliance with the GDPR, the Data Protection Act 2018 and Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018).
Safeguarding News, the Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership (KBSP) and the Education Reference Group
Under the Children Act 2004, as amended by the Children and Social Work Act 2017, Local Safeguarding Children's Boards, set up by local authorities, will be replaced.
Under the new legislation, the three safeguarding partners (local authorities, chief officers of police, and clinical commissioning groups) must make arrangements to work together with relevant agencies (as they consider appropriate) to safeguard and protect the welfare of children in the
In Bristol, the new arrangement is called the Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership and is made up of Bristol City Council, BNSSG Clinical commissioning group, and Avon and Somerset Constabulary. The group is also made up of members from other groups that work directly in the community and relevant agencies.
Governing bodies, and their senior leadership teams, especially their designated safeguarding leads, should make themselves aware of and follow their local arrangements.
If named as a relevant agency, schools and colleges, in the same way as other relevant agencies, are under a statutory duty to co-operate with the published arrangements (under the Children Act 2004).
All education settings are named as a relevant agencies in Bristol.
KBSP Education Reference Group
The group oversee safeguarding arrangements strategically in the education sector across the city.
Translating the KBSP 3 year strategy into practice (as well as sector specific priorities).
Make key decisions around safeguarding in education on a local basis
Consider any sector learning where a practice deficit has been identified
Support the communication between the KBSP and the wider education work force.
There are phase representatives who are comprised of Head Teachers, Designated Safeguarding Leads and Governors. Click here to find out who your phase representative is and the groups Terms of Reference.
The meetings are held every school term (6 times a year).
Here are the following ways you can engage with the Local Safeguarding Partnership as a relevant agency:
The DSL should be a member of the Senior Leadership Team and has ultimate lead responsibility for child protection in the setting.
They are responsible for coordinating safeguarding duties and developing systems to support all learners stay safe and achieve positive outcomes.
As leaders they help shape effective practice by promoting safeguarding cultures within their school communities.
The must act as a point of contact with the three safeguarding partners and act as a source of support, advice and expertise for all staff.
With ever increasing pressures on schools particularly in light of the COVID 19 pandemic, we strongly recommend that you develop safeguarding teams to support your continuity planning and sustain practice.
Other members of the SLT maybe required to be part of the the safeguarding team particularly in relation to managing attendance and behaviour. They may all hold information which will support identifying and supporting vulnerable learners.
Any deputies must be trained to the same level as the DSL and the Safeguarding in Education Team have produced sector specific courses to aid you on your journey.