VALUES AND VISION
I have spent the last 25 years working with schools on a range of welfare-related issues. I may not always tell you what you think you want to hear, but I hope I offer an independent, honest and well-informed voice that keeps the needs of every child and young person at the centre.
My personal vision is to help schools to be places of safety, with caring and compassionate staff who always act within the law and who are constantly striving to improve the quality of both their own practice and each child's overall educational experience.
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In case you didn't notice, crucial revised Guidance on child protection, including for schools, came out at the beginning of the Easter holiday. Why does the DfE always do that? It all comes into force immediately so ALL schools will again need to ensure that they have updated their policies by this time next year at the very latest. There are no major surprises but some consolidation of recent changes, some clarity on what a Staff Behaviour Policy should cover and a tidying up of language here and there. (See my Resource Pack or Audit offer if you want to check your school's compliance).
I am a bit concerned that some seem to see the agenda as dominated by the need to combat religious extremism and promote British values in the light of a few high-profile cases. Like 'celebrity abuse', that is an important new requirement but, as the NSPCC have recently pointed out, safeguarding is still primarily about keeping children safe from actual harm much closer to home. Most abuse happens in their own families, or from other people they know.
We must be very careful not to take our eye off the ball and think these wider issues are the greatest risk. Teenage relationships, if including those formed online, are also a very high priority. Sexual abuse, parental neglect and emotional harm all damage thousands of children's lives, and in my view, must still remain the focus in the face of what sometimes looks like a largely politically-driven campaign, not one based on the known facts. 20.04.15
A new version of DfE Guidance 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' was published on March 26th 2015 along with a revised Ofsted Briefing on Safeguarding and a new edition of 'Working Together'.
All 3 documents can be downloaded HERE
All my resources and training events will reflect this new Guidance
Do you need a Child Protection Update for your staff or would you prefer to deliver your own regular whole-school training? Would your school benefit from a Safeguarding or Attendance Audit? Do you and your governors need to make sure safeguarding policies and procedures are in place or receive training in developing a Staff Code of Conduct and Managing Allegations?
Are you sure your school is using the absence codes correctly and that everyone is clear about your whole-school attendance strategy?
I offer RESOURCE AND TRAINING PACKS by email on child protection, preventing and managing allegations about staff and attendance. These practical up-to-date packages will help you address your school's pastoral and legal responsibilities in a cost-effective and flexible way. Study the packs at your own pace, identify what you need to do next and then cascade the information to your colleagues using the included Power Point presentations. See also on this page details of a self-study training course for attendance and family support workers in schools.
I also provide in-school audits and run face-to-face half-day and whole-day training events for individual settings or local groups of schools, primarily in the Midlands/NW area (details below).
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I also facilitate regular interactive day seminars for FORUM Business Training and contribute to journals and conferences.
TRAINING AND AUDIT FEES (NO VAT PAYABLE)
£200 for a 'Twilight' (Wolverhampton/Staffs area only)
£250 for a 2 hour session (West Midlands area only)
£400 for a half-day + reasonable expenses
Whole day or where substantial travel or accommodation is required: £500 + reasonable expenses
Repeated sessions or longer-term work by agreement
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