The government has put out guidance on safeguarding children in educational institutions. It covers recruitment, retention, safeguarding responsibilities. The guidance has been around since April however, I think it is worth sharing to make sure it stays in the collective consciousness. I think it is especially crucial as we are seeing many more children and young people engaging in sexually harmful behaviours with peers on school property. The working together guidance and the London child protection procedures gives guidance on how to approach these issues but I think it is important for institutions to make sure their staff are aware of their responsibilities and what to do should they have concerns. Children and young people spend a significant part of their lives in an educational institution (day care, schools, colleges, etc.) and as a professional committed to safeguarding children and young people it improves my confidence to know that there are measures in place to safeguard children as well as expectations of staff as to how to manage.
Safeguarding is the responsibility of every professional working with children and young people and the Working Together Guidance outlines this, making it clear that every organization working with children and young people should have policies and procedures in place to address safeguarding. However, I am not sure how many Social Workers actually know what the responsibility is of educational establishments. I know it seems we need to know a lot but it is to our benefit to at least know where to go to get further information should we need it. It is about having a solid network to support children.