In September 2023, the Department for Education published new statutory guidance for keeping children safe in education settings which set out clear standards for safeguarding children in schools. With more than 90% of teachers saying that safeguarding referrals have risen in 2023, according a report from NSPCC, it is now more important than ever that schools and staff are working to create a safe environment in which children can learn. Through sharing best practice, those working in educational settings can build upon their existing success and develop new strategies to improve reporting mechanisms, raising awareness of warning signs, and creating a culture of safeguarding in schools.

  • 87% of teachers said they saw an increase in neglect referrals while 50% said they saw an increase in sexual abuse referrals, found a survey by NSPCC
  • Almost 400 children were seriously abused or neglected in England in 2021, shows a 2022 report by the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Pane
  • From 2021 to 2022, reports related to explicit imagery which had been created of children aged 7-10 increased by 129%, according to a 2023 report from the Internet Watch Foundation

Join us at The Safeguarding Children in Schools Conference 2024 to hear the latest updates and guidance from leading experts and practitioners working at the forefront of improving safeguarding practices in school settings. Engage with a series of best practice case studies strategies for developing a whole school approach to safeguarding, taking additional steps to protect vulnerable children, and handling cases of child-on-child abuse. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues from across the public and voluntary sector to discuss challenges you face in working in partnership to safeguard children in schools and remote educational settings.

Why Attend:

✓ Hear high-level keynotes on the latest policy updates and guidance on safeguarding children in educational settings

✓ Gain practical insights into creating effective referral pathways, supporting victims of abuse, and prioritising safeguarding in recruitment procedures

✓ Engage with senior colleagues from across the sector to discuss strategies for working in partnership to safeguard children in in-person and remote educational settings

✓ Gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota

  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Professor Corinne May-Chahal, Professor, Lancaster University (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Keeping Children Safe in Educational Settings: A National Update

    • The latest updates and guidance for effective safeguarding children in schools and remote educational settings
    • Strategies for taking a coordinated and child-centred approach to safeguarding in primary and secondary schools
    • Insights into the role that staff play in identifying concerns early and providing help for children
    • Providing appropriate safeguarding and child protection training for all staff to ensure they are up to date and knowledge

    Helen Matthews, Deputy Director, Cross Remit Education, Cross Remit Education Policy, Ofsted (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Embedding Online Safety into the Curriculum to Protect Children from Digital Harms

    • Creating and e-safety policies to mitigate risk of online exploitation and respond to concerns
    • Engaging in age-appropriate conversations with students to raise awareness of online harms and reporting pathways
    • Fostering an open environment where students are encouraged to participate in an ongoing conversation about the benefits and dangers of the online world
    • Supporting parents and carers to continue conversations surrounding online safety at home and educate them to identify warning signs

    Derek Johnstone, Senior Consultant, NSPCC (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Developing Whole-School Approaches to Promote a Culture of Safeguarding

    • Creating a robust safeguarding strategy to enable all staff to have a clear understanding of safeguarding and child protection
    • Advice on creating an organisational culture of safeguarding to promote a positive atmosphere and reduce risk of harms
    • Guidance on involving staff and students in safeguarding strategies and development to coproduce policies that work for everyone
    • Practical tips for developing trusted relationships between staff and students to facilitate open conversations on safeguarding concerns

    Emma Sumner, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Wheeler Lane Primary School (invited)

  • Case Study: Creating Effective Reporting and Referral Pathways to Efficiently Handle Concerns

    • Developing clear and effective reporting pathways where both staff and students can escalate their safeguarding concerns
    • Implementing a range of channels for children and young people to report concerns including online, via text, and face to face
    • Working in partnership with local authorities and police to efficiently handle concerns and tackle threats
    • Advice on helping children to recognise risk, access support, and appropriately and confidentiality report any issues
    • Strategies for effectively handling low level concerns and escalating issues when appropriate

    Claire Frost, Deputy Head Teacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead, Buxton School (invited)

  • Case Study: Taking a Child-Centred Approach to Safeguarding in Schools: Putting Students at the Heart Practices and Procedures

    • Taking a contextual approach to safeguarding to get a better understanding on how factors outside of school are impacting the child
    • Practical guidance on identifying children at risk at harm and introducing early help initiatives when necessary
    • Ensuring staff are trained on how to handle safeguarding issues and equipped to properly support students in need
    • Strategies for ensuring victims feel heard and confident that their concerns are being taken seriously

    Cleo Lawrence, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Highgate School (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Lunch Break

  • Keynote: Recognising the Signs: Raising Awareness of Child Exploitation in School Settings

    • Working in partnership with schools, police, and social care workers to protect children from sexual and criminal exploitation
    • Guidance on teaching children to identify signs of abuse and report any concerns to an appropriate adult
    • Identifying and tackling the barriers to coming forward and reporting abuse and exploitation that children may face
    • Key guidance on engaging parents in conversations regarding exploitation and educating them on warning signs

    Suzanne Taylor, Assistant Director – Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation, Barnardo’s (invited)

  • Case Study: Adapting Approaches to Create a Safe Learning Environment for Vulnerable Children

    • Taking action to ensure that all children can learn safe environments, regardless of circumstance
    • Guidance on identifying and offering additional support for children who are at greater risk of abuse
    • Addressing barriers to recognising and reporting abuse faced by children with special educational needs and disabilities
    • Practical advice on monitoring children absent or missing from education for prolonged period of time and taking appropriate action
    • Key tips on developing additional measures to safeguard LGBTQ+ children from peer harassment and bullying

    Sharon Bondonno, Headteacher, Handcross Primary School (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Breakout Networking: Working in Partnership to Better Protect Children in Primary Schools

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in coordinating approaches between agencies to better safeguard children in primary schools. We encourage you to share your strategies for addressing low level concerns and escalating issues when necessary. Take this time to share your experiences and network with senior colleagues.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Taking Action to Tackle Sexual Violence and Harassment in Schools

    • Taking a zero-tolerance approach to abuse and harassment in all situations to reduce the risk of child-on-child abuse
    • Coordinating a multi-agency approach to assess cases of sexual harassment and abuse between children and escalate when appropriate
    • Developing a comprehensive sex and relationship curriculum to ensure children are properly educated about consent and healthy relationships
    • Practical guidance on handling cases of explicit images and image-based abuse

    Peter Georgou, Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy Head Teacher, The Gateway School (invited)

  • Case Study: Putting Safeguarding at the Heart of Recruitment Practices

    • Developing recruitment procedures that prioritise safeguarding while being cost effective and inclusive
    • Strategies for ensuring any information that could be important in determining whether someone is safe to work with children is not missed
    • Practical guidance on tailoring job descriptions for attracting suitable candidates and re-affirming the school’s commitment to safeguarding
    • Guidance on safely recruiting agency or casual workers for temporary roles and positions

    Alan Jacob, Associate Director of School Development and Deputy DSL, James Cambell Primary School (invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Address

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be those working to improve the safeguarding of children in schools. *This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


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