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Safeguarding in Education

Keeping children safe in (and out of) early years settings, schools and colleges is something we know is important from the safeguarding reviews and audits we do. We know that children are simply safer when they are in education.

The OSCB Safeguarding in Education subgroup meets three times a year to ensure that all staff in early years settings, schools, colleges and other education providers are aware of key safeguarding issues, are able to escalate their concerns to the Board and Executive Group and influence the strategic development of services.

This webpage aims to:

  • provide information, guidance and research on keeping children safe in education settings
  • share key messages from the subgroup and wider board meetings
  • highlight specific safeguarding issues, good practice and research relevant to education settings

 

Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment

Keeping children safe in education: Statutory guidance for schools and colleges – September 2019

Keeping children safe in education: Statutory guidance for schools and colleges, Part one: Information for all school and college staff – September 2019

Regulated activity in relation to children: scope

 

Education Safeguarding Advisory Team and Local Authority Designated Officer

The Education Safeguarding Advisory Team (ESAT) give advice over the phone, carry out safeguarding health checks (previously known as audits) and offer support to educational settings to embed their safeguarding practices.

The LADO gives advice and guidance to employers and others who are concerned about an adult who works with children including volunteers and agency staff.

Click on the title link for further information or visit Oxfordshire County Council’s Schools Safeguarding webpages

 

Learner Engagement

The Learner Engagement Service advises schools, families and partner agencies on including pupils in education. The service has worked with partner organisations to develop the Learner Engagement Strategy – which guides the work of the service and partners to deliver on the shared commitment to ensure that all Oxfordshire’s school-aged children receive their full educational entitlement. See below:

RSE framework for pupils with SEND and/or additional needs

The RSE framework for pupils with SEND and/or vulnerabilities and resources are managed by the RSE Task and Finish Group which was established in February 2020 to specifically consider and address the safeguarding needs of young people with vulnerabilities (e.g. high functioning autism, mild / moderate learning disabilities, ADHD, attachment disorders, etc.).  The group comprises of representative members from Learner Engagement Services, SENSS, Education Psychology, Children’s Social Care, LCSS and Schools (Primary, Secondary, Special, Virtual Schools for LAC and Independent).  This group is accountable to the OSCB Safeguarding in Education Sub-Group and meets annually or as needed to review/update the framework and resources. For further information, see below:

 

Early Help/Locality and Community Support Service

The Locality and Community Support Service (LCSS) is part of Oxfordshire County Council’s Children’s Services Integration Programme. You can find your local LCSS Community Coordinator on our Early Help page.

The LCSS provides advice and guidance to universal professional partner agencies including schools, health and voluntary and community groups, across Oxfordshire when emerging concerns are raised for children that do not require an immediate safeguarding response.

The LCSS are the first point of contact where non-immediate safeguarding concerns are identified.

When to contact LCSS

You should contact the Locality Community Support Service if you:

  • Have emerging concerns for a child that does not require an immediate safeguarding response
  • Need support or guidance with an Early Help Assessment or Team Around the Family
  • Wish to complete a No Names Consultation

You should:

  • Discuss your concerns with the family
  • Gain advice from LCSS with family’s knowledge
  • If you wish to discuss a concern without a family’s consent you can gain advice via a No Names Consultation only

If LCSS are supporting you with a family and immediate safeguarding concerns arise, you must call the MASH immediately.

For further information on the role of the LCSS, inlcuding no names consultations, advice and support, EHA and TAF processes and the role of Community Coordinators, please visit Oxfordshire County Council’s dedicated LCSS webpages

Resources