Important Safeguarding Updates: January 2024 Round Up….

January 2024 Safeguarding Round Up...

In December, a number of updated guidance was published by the Department for Education (DfE).

The following areas are covered in more detail below:

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children 2023
  • Early Years Foundations Stage Statutory Framework (EYFS)
  • Prevent Duty Section 29 of the CSTA 2015
  • Gender questioning children: draft schools and colleges guidance
  • Sir Martyn Oliver begins term at Ofsted with mental health awareness training for inspectors.
Working Together to Safeguard Children

The DfE recently published amended statutory guidance

CLICK HERE to download a full list of changes to the guidance. 

Our CPD Webinar on the 27th February will focus on the main changes, and the responsibilities for safeguarding practitioners in educational and childcare settings. CLICK HERE to register for this CPD session.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework 

On the 19th December, the DfE published a statutory guidance which became effective on the 4th January 2024.

Changes see the development of two frameworks (detailed below). Safeguarding responsibilities include covering all electronic devices including smart watches in policies, ratios for those holding ‘valid’ PFA certificates, early years qualification requirements, verification, and ‘opportunity’ for children to develop and use their home language in play and leaning.

Our Early Years Safeguarding Lead training has been updated to cover all the latest updates.

EYFS Statutory Framework for Group and school-based providers

Are you a DSL or Deputy DSL with early years accountability, and need to upskill or refresh your training around statutory responsibilities under EYFS?

Our virtual EYFS Responsibilities for Designated Safeguarding Leads training is an additional module which compliments your statutory DSL training, providing specific responsibilities of your role for early years provision.


Prevent Duty Guidance

The updated statutory guidance issued under Section 29 of the CSTA 2015 (Prevent Duty), came into force on 31st December 2023.

Our interactive Prevent Duty staff awareness training covers all the latest updates and has been specifically developed for school staff/volunteers and early years setting, and is and can be delivered virtually or face-to-face.

Secure your preferred 2024 Prevent training date before the end of January, and receive a 5% discount!


Gender Questioning Children

On the 19th of December, the DfE published a non-statutory guidance on how best to support pupils questioning their gender in schools and colleges. 

The consultation remains open until Tuesday 12 March 2024.

The proposed guidance is proving contentious, with some organisations commissioning a legal review as to whether it provides the clarity needed.

CLICK HERE to access the consultation and draft schools and colleges guidance.

Ofsted Press Release: Sir Martyn Oliver begins his term at Ofsted with mental health awareness training for inspectors

Following the death of Ruth Perry, and the recorded verdict from Coroner Heidi Connor of ‘suicide’, contributed to by an Ofsted inspection carried out in November 2022. Ofsted has temporarily halted inspections, except for emergency inspections.

In the meantime, Sir Martyn will lead initial training for all inspectors, which will also include training and support from Mental Health First Aid England, who will then lead a rolling programme of further mental health awareness training for all inspectors. Details of this training will be published, ensuring it is embedded throughout the professions.  CLICK HERE for the published press release.

CLICK HERE to read ‘Ruth Perry: Prevention of Future Deaths Report’.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have  any questions about the above, or if we can be of  assistance with your Safeguarding needs.  
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Rachel Priestley

Rach has a background in Business Development and Administration, gaining much of her knowledge and experience through her 19 year career with the NHS working within the executive office, community services and public health. 

Before moving on from the NHS, Rach supported the Chief Executive, the Chairman and the Trust Board of a local NHS Care Trust, which managed Children’s Services. Her responsibilities spanned across HR, Finance, Governance, Compliance, Risk, systems and processes, and internal training. Rach also supported the Children’s Safeguarding Lead with safeguarding investigations.

In 2017, she left the NHS to pursue a successful self-employed career supporting business to grow, with flexible business development and administration support, which she continues to do on a part-time basis.

Rach is in house trained, and is passionate about delivering outstanding services and enjoys working as part of the safeguarding team to achieve a common goal.

In her own time, she loves spending time outside, and long walks with the two family dogs. 

Shelley Armstrong

Shelley joined Safeguarding Support in 2020 as an experienced AET-qualified freelance trainer, and now enjoys working across the business, keeping clients as up to date as possible with the ever changing challenges facing safeguarding children in education.

Whilst we aim to simplify safeguarding, Shelley’s passion is to ensure engagement, pride and confidence through training and support. Shelley enjoys applying the competencies gained in different industries and environments to researching, designing, and developing materials for those with the responsibility to safeguard children, and in return has enormous respect for their commitment.

Her experience across the private business sector brings commercial skills to training and her background in psychology and counselling ensure courses are designed and delivered with the learner in mind.

Shelley lives in Yorkshire and enjoys walking her springer spaniels – come rain or shine!

Abigail Havon

Abigail is an experienced AET qualified trainer who began her safeguarding career in the charity sector.  There she was a regional manager and part of the safeguarding leadership team.  She was involved in writing policies and procedures, developing, and delivering training and supporting staff and volunteers to work 121 with children struggling with their literacy. 

She has worked in a variety of business environments gaining experience in different sectors. She has always chosen roles that call for collaboration and communication to bring the best out in people and projects to completion.  Abigail passionately believes that empowering educators to work together as part of a safeguarding team will lead to better outcomes for children and young people. 

As part of the SSL training team her role focuses mainly on delivering virtual training. 

Abigail lives near the Jurassic Coast and enjoys long walks and caring for her jungle of houseplants.  

Carol Stephenson

Carol has spent her entire career teaching in Bradford primary schools. Most recently she was Head Teacher of a large, outstanding, multi-academy trust, inner-city
school where she gained Local Leaders of Education (LLE) status.

Carol is a highly experienced Designated Safeguarding Lead and safeguarding Governor, with an extensive range of expertise, skills and knowledge. It was through this depth of experience that she became a dedicated representative of Bradford Children’s Safeguarding Board. In June 2019, Carol was awarded a Bradford Safeguarding Champions lifetime achievement award 2019 for her continued work in safeguarding the children of Bradford.

Carol is in-house trained and is NSPCC certified to deliver Child Protection and Safeguarding training.

In her spare time, Carol enjoys working on her allotment.