Date: 3 September 2022 Source: Centre of Expertise on Child Abuse
This new resource Safety Planning in Education: A guide for professionals supporting children following incidents of harmful sexual behaviour will be of interest to all professionals working with children and young people in the safety planning process.
The guide is designed for all education professionals, working with children of any age, in a traditional school environment/residential/boarding school or pupil referral unit and also includes dedicated guidance for working with children with special education needs. Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) may find it particularly useful given their role in leading these processes, but all education professionals should benefit from the advice contained within.
But it is also of interest and useful for other professionals working with children and participating in the safety planning process, such as independent reviewing officers, social workers and police officers. Anna Glinski expands on this in an op-ed in Community Care this week.
This new Safety Planning in Education Guide provides practical support for professionals in education settings to respond to children’s needs and safety when incidents of harmful sexual behaviour occur. The guide is split into two: Part A looks at the key actions for a school when an incident of harmful sexual behaviour has occurred, including a safety plan template for recording, and reviewing arrangements, and Part B focusses on broader practical advice such as how to communicate with children and their parents in these circumstances and an appendix with useful links and resources.
The guide has been developed by professionals, for professionals and has been robustly reviewed by academics, teachers, Headteachers, Local Authority safeguarding leads and designated safeguarding leads across a variety of settings including faith schools, residential, mainstream primary and secondary schools, special schools and pupil referral units.