Overview

10 Feb, 20229:00 am-3:40 pm
Online Training Course

About

With the latest figures from the NSPCC’s Report Abuse in Education helpline showing there were 784 contacts from its launch in April to October 2021, of which 138 were serious enough to be referred to health services, a local authority or the police, it is evident that students are increasingly experiencing abuse in schools. In addition to this, almost a third of the UK teachers surveyed said they had witnessed peer-on-peer sexual harassment or abuse, with one in 10 saying they witnessed it weekly, indicating that is becoming increasingly prevalent.

Following the rise of Everyone’s Invited, set up in June 2020 for students and ex-students to document their testimonies of abuse and harassment, over 54,000 victims and survivors of abuse have shared their experiences. In doing so, a large number of Independent Schools were named, and pressure has increasingly mounted on Independent Schools to ensure that they are adequately safeguarding students against peer-on-peer harassment and abuse. BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 and teachers’ union the NASUWT questionnaire, found that over half of the 1,5000 respondents believed their schools had inadequate procedures to deal with abuse.

As such, the Ofsted review into sexual abuse in schools and colleges recommended the following: “School and college leaders should create a culture where sexual harassment and online sexual abuse are not tolerated, and where they identify issues and intervene early to better protect children and young people.

This training aims to refresh and refocus safeguarding aims in Independent School settings, tailored with the independent school sector in mind in order to effectively provide solutions and strategies within unique and differing education settings this represents.

Specialist Speakers

Paul James photo
Paul James
Director
Barabarani Education Services
Ellie Proffitt photo
Ellie Proffitt
Education and Youth Engagement Manager
Childnet International
Luke Ramsden photo
Luke Ramsden
Senior Deputy Headmaster and Senior Safeguarding Lead
St Benedict’s School

Agenda

9:00 am
Logging on and Accessing the Platform
9:30 am
Trainers Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

Note that all of today’s sessions will be interactive, and attendees will have regular opportunities to pose questions to experts, have their concerns heard, and leave the day equipped to improve safeguarding measures in your education setting.

In this first session, participants will have the opportunity to share their key challenges, to help tailor the training through the day to your needs, and help you find solutions. Each session through the day will encourage and allow time for questions and discussion.

Talat Khan
Talat Khan
Consultant at AdvantageSEND
Head of Learning Support at Hampton Court House
Confirmed
9:40 am
The Basic Tenets of Safeguarding: Statutory Guidance and Organisational Advice

In this session you will work with Talat to pull apart what you understand your safeguarding responsibilities as being, areas of concern you may have, and what you hope to gain from the day’s training.

Delegates will be encouraged to share their key challenges and concerns, ahead of the 2:30 workshop, intended to improve your safeguarding response.

  • Explore what is meant by ‘safeguarding’, the ways in which health, safety and safeguarding are all intertwined, and what this looks like in practice
  • Differentiate between safeguarding and child protection, analysing how this impacts how you and your institution respond to concerns regarding student safety and wellbeing
  • Understand how areas of risk can increase in relation to your provision, such as having overnight boarders, and how to best mitigate these
  • Assess what is required from staff in order to improve safeguarding measures, including understanding reporting and whistleblowing procedures and placing pupil safety at the heart of what you do
Talat Khan
Talat Khan
Consultant at AdvantageSEND
Head of Learning Support at Hampton Court House
Confirmed
10:40 am
Understanding Risk: The Everchanging Landscape of Vulnerable Pupil's Experience

In this session you will explore the main threats facing pupil safety and where safeguarding measures may need to be implemented in your school. This session will also include guidance on how to approach these sensitively whilst fulfilling your statutory safeguarding obligations. Risks will include:

  • Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Drugs, Alcohol and Addiction
  • Debt and Money Worries
  • Children at risk of FGM, Honour-based Abuse and Forced Marriage
  • Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Depression and Self-Harm
  • Isolation and Loneliness

This session will focus on these risks within the context of independent schools.

Paul James
Paul James
Director
Barabarani Education Services
Invited
11:40 am
Morning Break
12:00 pm
Training Pupils in Safeguarding: Achieving a Joined-Up Approach

Building upon his June 2021 article for Tes, Luke’s session will focus on integrating pupils into safeguarding measures and explore the extent to which pupils play a vital role in ensuring each other remain safe and avoid risk.

  • Understand the valuable insights into peer safety and wellbeing pupils can provide, and how if trained and confident in safeguarding procedures, students can be empowered to share their concerns
  • Explore how best to approach the issue of safeguarding with pupils, including key tools such as clear language, peer-on-peer learning and guidance, and clarity around the role of confidentiality when disclosing safeguarding concerns
  • Reflect on the role of students in safeguarding concerns, considering the increasing issue of peer-on-peer abuse as highlighted in the ‘Everyone’s Invited’ social media testimonials
  • Gain tools and guidance on how to better involve the young people at the heart of safeguarding in your school’s approach, understanding the most prevalent issues in your setting so that you can tailor your safeguarding response

This session will be interactive and delegate input and discussion is encouraged throughout.

Luke Ramsden
Luke Ramsden
Senior Deputy Headmaster and Senior Safeguarding Lead
St Benedict’s School
Invited
12:45 pm
Afternoon Lunch Break
1:30 pm
Safeguarding From 0-18 years: Sexual Harassment and Peer-on-Peer Abuse
  • Explore the impact the publication of both the DfE’s ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021’ guidance, made mandatory in post-16 settings from September 2021, and Ofsted review into sexual abuse in schools and colleges
  • Discuss methods for effectively assessing the landscape of sexual harassment and peer-on-peer abuse within your school, following DfE guidance of assuming that abuse is occurring and the response to Everyone’s Invited
  • Explore the wide range of factors that can contribute to peer-on-peer abuse, including gender identity and sexual orientation and how these types of harassment can manifest differently based on your unique education setting (mixed boarding, single sex boarding, mixed day) to ensure that you best equipped to recognise, respond to and safeguard instances against abuse
  • Challenge your understanding of how students interact with each other online using social media, gaining vital insights into the types of content students have access to and how this can influence the demonstration of harmful sexual and criminal behaviours

This session will be interactive and delegate input and discussion is encouraged throughout.

Ellie Proffitt
Ellie Proffitt
Education and Youth Engagement Manager
Childnet International
Invited
2:30 pm
Implementation and Action Plan Workshop Session

In the final session of the day, participants will work with Talat to:

  • Draw upon the key themes covered throughout the training to share ideas
  • Consider how they plan to implement guidance offered throughout the day
  • Create a tangible plan to improve safeguarding awareness and procedures in their schools

This session will be an interactive discussion, with delegate participation heavily encouraged.

Talat Khan
Talat Khan
Consultant at AdvantageSEND
Head of Learning Support at Hampton Court House
Confirmed
3:30 pm
Training Summary, Evaluation and Close
Talat Khan
Talat Khan
Consultant at AdvantageSEND
Head of Learning Support at Hampton Court House
Confirmed

Audience

Child Protection Officers

Headteachers

Pastoral Team Members

Proprietor of the School

Governors

Any member of staff that currently is or is training to be a DSL.

Boarding Staff

Heads of Year

Subject leads

  • Designated Safeguarding Leads
  • Child Protection Officers
  • Pastoral Team Members
  • Headteachers
  • Boarding Staff
  • Heads of Year
  • Head of Safeguarding
  • Student Mental Wellbeing Lead