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Safeguarding in Education Audit

Section 175 of the Education Act 2002, the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, the Non-Maintained Special Schools (England) Regulations 2015 and the Department for Education ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ statutory guidance published on14/09/2018. Schools, academies and colleges in England must have regard to this guidance when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  

Child Protection and Confidential File Annual Audit for completion spring term 2019.

Whole school policy update

Please find an update on a number of issues relating to safeguarding; a reminder of your statutory responsibilities, updates on statutory or local guidance, key issues, templates to support recording and the management of safeguarding concerns as well as the template whole school policy. 

The Whole School Policy has been revised (September 2018):

Peer on Peer Abuse: Guidance and Model Policy

The new Guidance and Model Policy [PDF] for dealing with Peer on Peer abuse is now available. This will help schools comply with the new guidance in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018.

The Tackling Emerging Threats to Children team will be running 2 training sessions for Secondary and Special schools in Anti-bullying Week on Sexist and Sexual bullying which will include work in this area. (Primary sessions will run in the Spring term)

To apply schools can follow the links below:

Please contact Lorna Naylor: or Kirstin Lamb:

Young People and Self-harm

Young People and Self-harm: Guidance for Schools [PDF] has been written by the Educational Psychology Service (EPS) in collaboration with  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

The document complements existing guidance entitled ‘Life is for everyone – supporting pupils who present with suicidal feelings’.

The local guidance arises from a recent Serious Case Review which highlighted the importance of:-

  1. School staff awareness of self-harm and suicide, and
  2. Young people having awareness of resources and how to access support for themselves as well as for their friends

Knife and Weapons Crime Guidance for Nottinghamshire Schools and Education Providers

Please download a copy of the Knife and Weapons Guidance for Nottinghamshire Schools and Education Providers dated May 2019. The guidance has been written by Nottinghamshire Police in partnership with officers within NCC Children, Families and Cultural Services Departments. 

The guidance will be  a key feature of the Designated Safeguarding Lead Thematic Focus Group meeting being held on Wednesday 17 July 2019. Download the flyer

Guidance for school staff when listening to children disclose sensitive information

Guidance to headteachers/principals of schools in Nottinghamshire for staff when listening to children disclose sensitive information.

Private fostering

Complaints about schools and academies

Please see the resources page for parents and carers

School Safe Alert Protocol

The County Council's  Safeguarding Children in Education Officer (SCIEO) has recently worked with Nottinghamshire Police and the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership to update the advice and guidance to schools regarding the actions to take, when schools become aware of someone displaying concerning or threatening behaviour in the vicinity of a school. Updated School Safe Alert Notification Guidance; Notification Form and Flowchart are now available. 

The new protocol  will be implemented from Monday 25 February 2019 and  the main change is that the Police will lead on this process rather than the County Councils officers. 

The guidance has been designed to help you to decide when it is appropriate to share your concerns with the Police and how to do this. The Notification Form is a template for you to complete to prepare for sharing information with the Police.  The Flow Chart is a diagrammatic summary to aid your decision- making around whether to share your concerns with the Police, or whether your concerns are more appropriately directed elsewhere.

Guidance for using sport coaches

Letter to all headteachers/principals of schools in Nottinghamshire re safeguarding guidance in connection with the use of sports coaches.

Information from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue

Letter and guidance from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue re adopting a new unwanted signal procedure from 3 December 2018.