Posts tagged Procedures
NSPCC "How Safe Are Our Children" 2019 Report

The 2019 NSPCC annual report looking at levels of online activity and online child sex abuse recorded in the UK. Key findings include:

  • 44% of 5-15 year olds own a smartphone

  • 90% of 11-16 year olds said they had a social media account

  • Year on year increases were recorded in the numbers and rates of police-recorded online child sexual offences in England and Wales and Northern Ireland;

  • Increases in the number of URLs confirmed by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) as containing child sexual abuse imagery since 2015

  • the majority of parents, carers and members of the public agree that social networks should have a legal responsibility to keep children safe on their platforms.

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Teaching Online Safety in School Department for Education Guidance

A new guidance document from the Department for Education for primary and secondary schools to help them to provide the knowledge and skills training to children and young people to empower them to use the internet safely.

Topic areas covered include:

  • How to evaluate what children and young people see online

  • How to recognise techniques used for persuasion

  • Online behaviour

  • How to identify online risks

  • How and when to seek support

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Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and non-Teaching Staff - The Carers Trust and The Children's Society

A useful guide co-produced by The Carer’s Trust and The Children’s Society to provide school leadership teams, teachers and non-Teaching staff with the knowledge and skills they need to empower young carers to achieve their academic potential and aid their social skill development whilst at school. The guide covers a number of important topics, including:

  • Reviewing school provision for young carers

  • Introducing a Young Carers School Operational Lead

  • Setting up systems to identify, assess and support young carers

  • Raising awareness of caring responsibility with the peers of students with caring responsibilities.

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Forced Marriage Awareness Free Course Virtual College

A free course from the Virtual College for frontline professionals to build their awareness of Forced Marriage and awareness of the actions they should take should they suspect someone is at risk of being forced into marriage. The course has been developed with input from the Foreign Office Forced Marriage Unit and includes sections on recognising the warning signs of forced marriage and cooperating effectively with agencies.

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Action for Children: A Guide to Supporting Trans Staff and Volunteers

A straightforward guide produced by Action for Children for managers in their organisation designed to provide them with the basic level of awareness needed to ensure that trans staff and volunteers in their organisation feel supported whilst they are working for the organisation. The guide includes sections on legislation, pronoun use, terminology and dealing with transphobic language. The guide can be easily adapted by HR professionals for use in their own organisation.

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The mental health impacts of divisive policies in schools- learning from the past

A new blog post by Dr David Woodhead which makes the case as to why LGBTQIA+ inclusive school policies and procedures and a LGBTQIA+ inclusive RSE Programme of Study matters in improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of LGBTQIA+ students. Dr Woodhead draws on his experiences of Section 28 and the effect it had on student mental health and emotional wellbeing from the late 80’s to the early 2000s and beyond.

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Supporting Student Mental Health Wellbeing and Wellbeing in Colleges: A Resource Pack

A resource pack designed by the Association of Colleges to help college welfare professionals to meet the early intervention mental health needs of students. The pack includes information on leadership and management, the importance of Student Voice and auditing and monitoring of mental health and emotional wellbeing policies and procedures.

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Charlie Waller Memorial Trust Resources for Schools

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust have a plethora of resources to help teachers to talk about mental health and emotional wellbeing in schools with students in a evidence-based and effective way. Resources available on their page include Exam Wellbeing guides, draft Wellbeing Plans and low mood posters which can be printed off and displayed in staff rooms and common rooms.

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CIPD Health and Wellbeing at Work Survey Report April 2019

The latest Health and Wellbeing at Work Survey Report from The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) which indicates that employers’ are becoming increasingly more aware of their responsibility to helping to maintain employee wellbeing through the devising of effective wellbeing strategies. The average level of employee absence is now the lowest recorded by the CIPD at 5.9 days but there is a noticeable rise in the levels of “presenteeism” and “leaveism”.

The report concludes that leadership and management should ensure that all of their policies and procedures are mindful of employee wellbeing.

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How are you feeling today? NHS Employers Toolkit

An easy-to-use resource designed by NHS Employers to help HR professionals, line managers and their colleagues have fruitful and frank conversations around mental health and emotional wellbeing, which is now widely being used by NHS Trusts. The resource can be used as part of marking Stress Awareness Month or Mental Health Awareness Week.

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Inclusive Language: Words to use and avoid when writing about disability

New guidance has been issued by the Department for Work and Pensions to help organisations to ensure that the language used in policies and procedures and language used during customer service interactions complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. The guidance provides employers, managers and HR staff with guidelines to monitor employee behaviour and empowers them to take action when they believe employees are going against those guidelines.

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"Minds at Work: Making Mental Health a priority in the changing world of work" Fabian Policy Report

A report compiled by The Changing Work Centre and the Fabian Society exploring how organisations can help to improve employee engagement and overall emotional wellbeing by putting in place constructive, evidence-based Mental Health policies and procedures.

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NSPCC Learning Blog: Helping school governors keep children safe

A new blog post from NSPCC Learning providing an overview of the role that school governors play in safeguarding students. It provides suggestions as to how school governors can improve their confidence in fulfilling their role, including ensuring that they access up-to-date, evidence-based training on school safeguarding policies and procedures.

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