Why I think Consent should be discussed in schools. #pshe #safeguarding 

Consent is a tough topic for teachers to cover but so important. There are some amazing resources out there for you depending on the age group. Probably the most popular and useful one is the cup of tea analogy, ie if they are too drunk to drink a cup of tea, don’t give them a […]

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Online Grooming can happen at any school #safeguarding #onlinesafety

When delivering the Child protection training to new employees, I try give staff examples of what has happened at the school and this includes GROOMING. They are often surprised as they seem to think that students won’t get ” dupped” into doing anything stupid or have parents who will monitor everything the child does. Firstly, any child […]

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Why do we need a central recording system? #safeguarding

Here is one example ( albeit a poor example I have picked on purpose) of why I feel a central recording system is vital. Day One – middle of the night, police contact sch to ask for details about a pupil they have concerns about. They give school reference number but no details. In afternoon DSL […]

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Sexting or locker room banter #safeguarding #esafety

Here’s a question that I never thought I would have from a parent – was it the left testicle or right testicle in the photo? Even putting it in context doesn’t help but I will try.  Boy students were sending stupid photos to each other on snapchat. Photos with them sticking their tongue out or […]

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Ever had a night were you can’ t sleep #safeguarding

I am sure you have. That night when you lie in bed thinking about the conversation you had with that pupil.  The one were their behaviour has changed, they are removing themselves from their old friendship groups.  They are being short and grumpy with staff. You ask if everything is ok? they look at you […]

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Teachers and their professional boundaries #safeguarding

I once saw a quote on Twitter saying that “teachers should be pupils friends” I couldn’t disagree more. There is a huge difference between being a friend and being friendly. We wouldn’t phone pupils up and tell them how bad a day we had. Boundaries can get blurred and if you have a moment of […]

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