National Association of Independent Schools and Non-Maintained Special Schools

Safeguarding and Child Protection for Head teachers and Principals - 28/11/2012

Safeguarding and Child Protection for Head teachers / Principals

NASS will be hosting the above training session on Wednesday 28th November 2012: 9.45 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. at Jurys Inn, 245 Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2HQ

Places are limited to 30 - please book early!

Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education (DCSF 2007) states that "the Head teacher, and all other staff who work with children, (should) undertake appropriate training to equip them to carry out their responsibilities for child protection effectively, that is kept up to date by refresher training at three yearly intervals ..." and then "The depth and detail of training needed by different groups will vary according to the nature of their role ...."

However, not all Local Authorities / LSCBs offer Head teacher training even though Ofsted's briefing to s5 inspectors includes the following note: "A school's leaders and managers should be clear about their statutory responsibilities regarding safeguarding and the steps they are taking to develop good practice beyond the statutory minimum."

This one day course provides new and established Head teachers, Principals and Heads of Education the opportunity to explore their statutory responsibilities (Education Act 2002 s175 / s157) for safeguarding learners - including Child Protection, managing allegations against staff and maintaining a safe school culture - and beyond.

Learning Objectives:
- To inform Head teachers of the legal framework for child protection and "child in need" procedures, both at national and local level;
- To consider the roles and responsibilities of staff, including training;
- To set child protection arrangements in the Head teacher's** wider safeguarding duties;
- To identify opportunities to further integrate safeguarding into areas of school development;
- To explore the implications for school leaders of lessons learned from recent Serious Case Reviews, including supervision of Designated staff
- To identify good practice in creating a safe school culture including the procedures for managing allegations against staff and volunteers as described in national guidance.

** This course is not designed to meet the needs of Designated CP staff. However, the content does make it suitable for Heads that are also the designated person, have previously attended appropriate training on how to fulfil that role and simply need their two-yearly refresher.

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