Age of Criminal Responsibility

Working within the International School sector…do you know the minimum age of criminal responsibility in your host country? I find many Designated Safeguarding Leads, Child Protection Officers, or members of Strategic Leadership Teams tend not to know, and so people try and guess if quizzed as part of a safeguarding audit, for example. It is, however, very important from a safeguarding perspective to know the answer!  

Why would it be important to understand any variation in your host country from other countries where you have been based?

Where might this information be stored such that it is accessible within your organization? 

To whom might this information be relevant within your school community?

Online Child Protection Course: ChildSafeguarding.com

This online child protection initiative was launched in June 2020 and now has registrants in 5 different countries. The courses are available in 8 languages with more on the way. An amazing tool for International Schools trying to reach those cohorts within their whole-school community where local languages can be a barrier to understanding andcommunication. Safeguarding and Child Protection can be complex topics at the best of times. This basic course breaks down the content into easy, manageable parts and empowers everyone to become part of the broader school safeguarding team.

CEO Matt Harris, was recently interviewed by David Niven from Social World Podcast. Listen to the interview at (Number 093).

Toilets, Washrooms & Changing Rooms (i)

This is a common issue in my International Schools’ work. Legislation and guidance exists for UK based schools for ‘toilet and washing facilities’. Requirements are governed by the Department of Education as detailed in ‘Advice on Standards for School Premises’ (March 2015).

 Independent School Standards Regulation 23A stipulates:

  1. Suitable toilet/washing facilities are provided for the sole use of pupils;
  2. Separate toilet facilities for boys and girls aged 8 years or over are provided except where the toilet facility is provided in a room that can be secured from the inside; and
  3. Suitable changing accommodation and showers are provided for pupils aged 11 years or over who receive physical education.

Online Learning

For those of you still actively involved in the delivery of online learning please note that back in April 2020 the Safer Recruitment Consortium (UK) published an addendum to their ‘Guidance for a Safer Working Practices’ document.

The Safer Recruitment Consortium is a partnership between four organisations with the safety and wellbeing of children at their heart:

The addendum was written to help schools consider the safeguarding issues around remote online learning, with changes and additions highlighted in yellow. The addendum should be read alongside the full guidance‘Guidance for safer working practice for those working with children and young people in education settings – May 2019’.

Recruitment (iv): Sentry for Safer Recruitment

How do you manage recruitment processes within your International School? Do you have an integrated safer recruitment program incorporating child protection measures relevant to all staffing levels including teacher, contractor, and volunteer engagement?

Sentry is a safeguarding software tool that can effectively manage your integrated safer recruitment processes whilst acting as your Single Central Record. 

Benefits include:

  • Easy recording of all recruitment checks;
  • System guides you through the recruitment process;
  • Enables progress monitoring of outstanding checks;
  • Ensures recruitment processes are robust;
  • Critical first line of defence against those presenting as a risk to children and young people;
  • Quick reference dashboards;
  • Automated workflows; and
  • Up-to-date guidance, advice and best practice.

Consider reviewing now!

Social World Podcast – Post COVID19 Social Work

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Dave Niven, Head of the Social World Podcast, recently interviewed Professor Ngoh Tiong Tan Chair of the Global Institute for Social Work about contributions social work can make to communities in the context of the Covid19 pandemic.

Professor Tan discussed facilitating crisis management with vulnerable groups and the importance of social solidarity; neighbourliness; compassion; social wellbeing and heightened levels of awareness at such times. In line with ITFCP recommendations, he stressed the value of building social networks within host countries including with local social work specialists and agencies. Is your school making efforts to identify vulnerable indigenous staff or others in your community linked to this issue?

See Podcast 091 at http://socialworldpodcast.com

ChildSafeguarding.com Online Course Launch Webinar

We’re officially launching ChildSafeguarding.com’s Online Child Protection Course for support staff in schools on 30 June 2020 – offered in multiple languages. During our launch webinar we will include a tour of the site and a demonstration of the course. There will also be an opportunity to answer any questions people may ask. We would love you to join one of the two webinars we are holding on that day. The details are below:

Webinar 1: 30 June 2020 – 10am Singapore-Beijing / 12pm Sydney / 7 pm Los Angeles (June 29th)
Register here: https://edtch.co/2zFvXcW

Webinar 2: 30 June 2020 – 6pm Singapore / 2pm Dubai / 11am London
Register here: https://edtch.co/2AF4yZ2

 

A Recovery Curriculum: Loss and Life for our children and schools post pandemic.

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“When will they actually go back to school?” This is the cry from many parents, as we write and there is no answer. But that does not stop us thinking about what it will be like for each and every one of our children, at whatever age, stage or ability level on the day they walk through the classroom door.

It would be naive of any Headteacher/Principal to think that the child will pick up the Curriculum at exactly the same point at which they left it on the day their school closed. Too much has happened. Listen to what the children are saying (Full report by Barry Carpenter & Matthew Carpenter).

Child Protection Incident Recording

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CPOMS provide safeguarding, pastoral and wellbeing solutions for schools across the world. They have recently been recognised for their innovation by receiving the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Given the current international COVID emergency, and the challenge for schools having to track vulnerable students in disparate locations around the world without having access to key information, CPOMS are offering their digital safeguarding recording system FREE until September 2020 to all schools not currently using a digital safeguarding recording system.

Furthermore, MyConcern Safeguarding Software who provide safeguarding services and software to many thousands of schools is being offered FREE to all schools until September 2020 that currently don’t have an electronic record keeping system.

Online Safety (ii) ‘Whisper’ Anonymous Reporting

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The South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) UK have made their reporting app ‘Whisper’ available for FREE for UK and International Schools  at this time. An anonymous reporting service that will enable anyone in your whole-school community to securely raise safeguarding or other concerns by using a reporting form.

There are numerous inclusive encrypted features including Live Chat via Website, so that you can keep in touch with the individual who is reporting. Users need to know how frequently their messages will be reviewed and what the response times are likely to be.

A safe way for parents, staff and students to report safeguarding concerns 24/7.

IMPROVED VISIBILITY – REPORT WITHOUT FEAR