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Safeguarding Support Package for Schools 2022-23

This package has been developed in line with national guidance and best practice recommendations to ensure schools’ practice falls within current legislation.

Our 'Safeguarding Support Package for Schools 2022-23' has been developed to provide schools in Kent and beyond with annual access to cost effective benefits and exclusive content from the Education Safeguarding Service.

Membership to the package will help to ensure Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) have a suite of resources and ongoing CPD opportunities to help keep them up-to-date and to enable school leaders to ensure and evidence their schools’ practice is in line with current legislation and requirements.

The 'Safeguarding Support Package for Schools 2022-23' has been developed in line with national guidance and best practice recommendations so is suitable for use by schools throughout the UK. Where possible and appropriate, specific links for Kent and Medway schools may also be highlighted.

Please ensure you check for any updates: the current pack is based on the KCSIE 2022 guidance.

Please remember you are purchasing access to this content for the academic year 1 September 2022 - 31 August 2023.

The Safeguarding Support Package for Schools 2022-23 includes:

  • The training resource packs include a whole staff child protection and whole staff online safety training slides and additional guidance notes for DSLs to help them provide robust staff training which address current safeguarding requirements and expectations.
  • The packs also contain supplementary activities which can be used throughout the year by DSLs to demonstrate ongoing safeguarding awareness raising with staff, for example during staff meetings or inset or twilight sessions.
  • The packs are intended to be personalised by DSLs to reflect their specific schools’ policies and context and will be updated as necessary by the service throughout the year to reflect current guidance and legislation.

These resources will be accessed via the downloadable DSL resource library.

  • This E-Learning course will provide any new members of staff in schools with core messages about their safeguarding responsibilities and ensure a baseline of child protection knowledge and understanding.
  • The E-Learning course is suitable for all members of staff and is intended for induction purposes only – it cannot and should not replace whole school staff training and DSLs will need to supplement this course to address individual school policy expectations and procedures.
  • This training will be updated throughout the year by the service as necessary to reflect current guidance and legislation.
  • The downloadable resource library will contain a suite of comprehensive guidance documents and time-saving templates which will assist DSLs in keeping informed and up-to-date. The library will evolve over time but aims to provide a diverse bank of resources to support safeguarding practice, inform decision making and help schools evidence their approaches towards establishing a safe culture.
  • Current resources include:
  • Safeguarding is a constantly evolving area of work with frequent changes in guidance and legislation, emerging safeguarding risks and priorities, and new national resources or services to support effective practice. The Education Safeguarding Service will ensure that new resources (a minimum of six new resources per academic year) are added to the downloadable resource library.
    • Specific resources will vary based on current trends, however, examples of updates could include FAQs on emerging risks, policy guidance and/or templates, template letters, summaries of core guidance and/or updates, signposting to national advice/resources on key topics, video guides and additional training content.
    • New content added to the resource library in 2021-22 are:
      • Cyberbullying Guidance for DSLs and School Leaders
      • Confidentiality Policy Template for School Leaders and Designated Safeguarding Leads
      • Developing Online Safety Practice in Education Settings Policy and Practice Guidance for Leaders, Managers and DSLs (This is also included in Online Safety Policy Toolkit, which can be bought standalone and includes access to the Online Safety Policy Template and Model Anti-Bullying Policy Template).
  • We will provide regular (at least annual) updates to all existing training and library resources so DSLs can be confident that the material they use and access via the package are up-to-date. All existing resource library documents were last updated and revised in August 2021, so they were ready for use in preparation for the 2021-22 school year.
  • We recognise the benefit of interaction and networking for DSLs to share knowledge, examples of good practice and reflect on key topics. We will be running a series of six one hour DSL briefing twilight sessions (4pm-5pm)  throughout the year. Package members receive one free place, per school on each briefing, starting from the date the school subscribes to the package.
  • If the DSL is unable to attend live, we will grant access to the recorded session after the event, where available. Please note this may not always be possible and requires delegates to book a space to receive a copy of the slides/recording.
  • Additional spaces can be booked if schools wish to certificate more than one DSL or staff member's attendance.
  • From April 2022, our ad hoc webinar charges have changed, meaning package members will receive an even greater saving

In June 2021 the service published a blog post explaining more about the briefings.

Although subject to changing priorities and emerging issues, the  topics planned for the academic year 2021-22 are:

    • Peer on Peer Abuse
    • Managing Allegations
    • Online Safety
    • Safeguarding priorities
    • Supervision in schools
    • Management of safeguarding - 05.07.22

Pricing

The cost for an annual subscription to the 'Safeguarding Support Package for Schools' of £510 (plus VAT) provides a significant saving compared to those who opt to purchase content on an individual basis. Additionally, whilst some resources and training within the package will be available to purchase on an adhoc basis, some of the resource library content will be exclusive to members only, for example our safeguarding and online safety self-audit tools.

Please remember you are purchasing access to this content for the academic year 1 September 2022 - 31 August 2023.

Credits can also be used to purchase this package.

To find out more about the Safeguarding Support Package for Schools please contact us.