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Keeping children safe during Covid-19 – template policy

1 April 2020

Please note: the information contained in this legal update is correct as of the 9 June 2020

In response to new safeguarding guidance published by the Department for Education (DfE) to keep children safe, including online, during the pandemic, we are delighted to be able to share this template annex with you so that you can add to your existing child protection policy. Additional supporting resources are available to download at the bottom of the page.

It is highly probable that your existing policies will not accurately reflect the new arrangements required in response to COVID-19. You should therefore review your existing policy and include the annex, which sets out how child protection duties will be discharged during this time.

Our template:

  • Covers all statutory obligations outlined in the new guidance
  • Available in Microsoft Word format - simply add your school or trust name where directed

To further support you with your child protection obligations and improve understanding of the new guidance, we held a webinar on Friday 3 April. You can watch a recording of the webinar here.

During the session, our leading safeguarding and HR experts Dai Durbridge and Emma Hughes covered:

  • the key amendments introduced by the DfE;
  • how you can disseminate the amends to your staff and test their ongoing understanding;
  • what to do if you do not have designated safeguarding leads on site;
  • how to manage your safeguarding obligations where you have staff from other schools on site; and
  • the importance of amending your single central record.

Additional resources:

Coronavirus support

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training and events

14Oct

ISBL regional Conference Sheffield

Browne Jacobson’s Associate Sophie Jackson discusses the rise in growth of SEN and the impact of this on schools. Please note that this event was postponed from June 2020.

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4Mar

ISBL regional Conference Park Regis Hotel, 160 Broad St, Birmingham, B15 1DT

Browne Jacobson’s Associate Philip Wood discusses the rise in growth of SEN and the impact of this on schools. Please note that this event was postponed from May 2020.

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Executive pay setting in school trusts

For many years now the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have written to academy Chairs asking for justification and rationale on executive pay. School trusts have reached out to us for advice to help them meet their obligations within the Academies Financial Handbook.

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150th Anniversary of State Education – Lessons Learned: reflections of 12 former Secretaries of State

Our on-demand video was hosted by the BBC’s Education Correspondent Branwen Jefferys with special guests including Baroness Nicky Morgan, Kenneth Clarke QC, Michael Gove, Justine Greening and Lord David Blunkett discussing past successes of education, the unintended consequences of past policy, and to envision what still remains to be done.

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150th anniversary of State Education – looking back, moving forward

Watch our on-demand video where we joined the Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Gavin Williamson, Dame Julia Cleverdon, Sir Michael Barber and the recently appointed President of the CBI Lord Karan Bilimoria to launch a year of celebration for those delivering education.

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Upcoming webinars

Effective Board and Members meetings; Covid-19 and beyond

Education Partners Nick MacKenzie and Dominic Swift discuss the approach to members and board meetings in the ‘new normal’ considering the benefits of virtual meetings and discuss how in the longer-term, boards might combine virtual and in-person meetings to be more effective.

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The content on this page is provided for the purposes of general interest and information. It contains only brief summaries of aspects of the subject matter and does not provide comprehensive statements of the law. It does not constitute legal advice and does not provide a substitute for it.

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