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Safeguarding

This webpage is designed to provide relevant safeguarding guidance, resources and support to Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs), Head Teachers, Principals, and Governors within an education environment.

(Education settings include: Schools, Colleges, Alternative Provision, Faith Educational Settings/Schools, Independent & Free schools and Multi Academy Trusts.)

Local Authority Desigated Officer's (LADO)

Managing Allegations (People working with children/young people in a Position of Trust) - Dudley LADO: Yvonne Nelson-Brown

The Local Authority Desigated Officer's role is to offer guidance and support when an allegation is made against any adult who comes into contact with children in either a paid or unpaid capacity. The DSL/Proprietor/Employer/Governor MUST contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) within 1 (one) working day.

Find information on how to contact Dudley Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).

National Safeguarding Guidance

Download and view the National Safeguarding Guidance (DOCX 15.42KB)

Further documents and information:

DSL Training Dates

Newly Appointment 2.5 Day DSL Training

A training package starts in September 2019 with a 2.5 day DSL training for new in post DSL's, being held at Saltwells EDC, Netherton. The course will be held over 2 full days and a half day and staff need to attend all three sessions in order to obtain their certification. Registration will be 15 minutes before commencement of the course. Bookings can be made using the PHEW system via the following link: https://dudleysafeguarding.event-booking.org/events-list 

Dates:

  • Monday September 16th, Monday September 23rd and Monday September 30th 2019 (half day 9.00am - 12.30pm only) FULLY SUBSCRIBED
  • Monday November 4th, Monday November 11th and Monday November 18th 2019 (half day 12.30pm - 4.00pm only)
  • Thursday January 16th, Thursday January 23rd and Thursday January 30th 2020 (half day 9.00am - 12.30pm only)
  • Wednesday March 4th, Wednesday March 11th and Wednesday March 18th 2020 (half day 9.00am - 12.30pm only)
  • Thursday July 2nd, Thursday July 9th and Thursday July 16th 2020 (half day 9.00am - 12.30pm only)

Half Day DSL Refresher Training

The new half day refresher course will be held at Saltwells EDC, Netherton starting in September 2019. The course will run from 9.00am - 1.00pm with registration at 8.45am. Bookings can be made using the PHEW system via the following link: https://dudleysafeguarding.event-booking.org/events-list 

Dates:

  • Thursday September 19th 2019 - FULLY SUBSCRIBED
  • Tuesday October 8th 2019
  • Thursday November 21st 2019
  • Monday January 20th 2020
  • Monday March 9th 2020
  • Monday May 11th 2020
  • Wednesday July 8th 2020

DSL Forums

Wednesday 16th October 2019:

  • Morning session 9.00am - 12.00pm
  • Afternoon session 12.45pm - 3.45pm

Tuesday 11th February 2020:

  • Morning session 9.00am - 12.00pm
  • Afternoon session 12.45pm - 3.45pm

Wednesday 6th May 2020:

  • Morning session 9.00am - 12.00pm
  • Afternoon session 12.45pm - 3.45pm

Bookings can be made using the PHEW system via the following link: https://dudleysafeguarding.event-booking.org/events-list 

For all Multi-Agency training via Dudley Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) please access the DSCB Booking System

Governor Training

Safeguarding is a prominent theme in the work of schools and this is reflected in a focus on this important area during inspections and monitoring visits. Children and young people's safety and welfare are of the highest importance to all of us.

Governing boards are required to identify a lead governor for child protection.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Governing Board and Lead Safeguarding Governor.

  • Thursday 24th October 2019 6.00pm - 9.00pm at Saltwells EDC, Netherton.
  • Tuesday 25th February 2020 6.00pm - 9.00pm at Saltwells EDC, Netherton

 

An Introduction to Safeguarding for Governors.

This course is intended for: New Governors and any experienced Governors that may require a refresher.

Training session will include:

National Legislation re safeguarding / types of abuse, handling disclosures, referral processes re Early Help / Child in Need and Child Protection, Management of Allegations and Whistleblowing, Safer Working Practices.

  • October 8th 6.00pm - 9.00pm at Saltwells EDC, Netherton.
  • February 13th 6.00pm - 9.00pm at Saltwells EDC, Netherton.

Places can be booked by emailing: govtraining.cs@dudley.gov.uk

 

Safeguarding in Education Conference

The Safeguarding in Education Conference will take place on Tuesday 10th December 2019 from 9.30am to 3.30pm - the agenda for the conference will follow. These conferences take place at Saltwells Education Centre, Bowling Green Rd, Dudley DY2 9LY. Bookings can be made using the PHEW system via the following link: https://dudleysafeguarding.event-booking.org/events-list 

Safeguarding in Education Reference Group

Safeguarding in Education Reference Group (SERG) meetings; all 9am-11am approx.

  • Wednesday 9th October 2019 - Saltwells EDC
  • Wednesday 29th January 2020 - Saltwells EDC
  • Tuesday 28th April 2020 - Saltwells EDC

Section 157 / 175 Audit

s175/s157 Schools/Colleges Safeguarding Audit

In relation to section 175/157 of Education Act 2002 Local Authorities require school governing bodies, local education authorities and further education institutions to make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Audits will be commissioned by the DMBC bi-annually.

The final date Dudley schools’ and DSCB will have access to the s175/s157 audit platform is 31 August 2019.

Please make sure, if you haven’t already, to print off a hard copy of your audit results and any action plan asap (before the deadline date of 31.08.19 as you will no longer be able to access the platform after this date).

Information, useful links and resources

Templates & Safeguarding Resources 

Learning from Serious Case Reviews (SCR) 

  • Information on serious case reviews can be found here.  

Online Safety

  • For information on NSPCC click here.
  • For more information please see the page for online safety.

Contact: Community Safety Team Katriona.Lafferty@dudley.gov.uk 

Contact: DFGL - Heather Jeavons hjeavons@dgfl.org

 Guidance about the use of images visit Dudley's e-safety page

 Sexting 

 Risks of Sexting guide - NSPCC

Bullying

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Forced Marriage/Honour Based Violence (HBV) 

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) - Contact Nikki.Fernandes@dudley.gov.uk

 What is Child Sexual Explotation? - NSPCC 

Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE)

Sexuality & Gender

Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB

PREVENT, Extremism and Radicalisation    

Private Fostering

Please see here for information click here.

Teenage Pregnancy

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