Designated Safeguarding Leads Forum (14 July 2020 - 14.00pm-16.00pm)
Covid – an overview of priorities in Lambeth.
Substantive changes in the statutory guidance ‘Keeping children safe in education, Sept 2020’
Issues around domestic abuse and to ensure a trauma-informed approach to pupils, who have been affected
Issues around on-line abuse, child sexual exploitation and child criminal exploitation
Working together to safeguarding and promote the welfare of children
ELSA Supervision and Registration 2020-2021
In Lambeth, the title of ELSA is only recognised to legitimately apply to:
- Those who have undertaken the designated 6-day certificate training with Lambeth Educational Psychology Service (or another accredited service)
- Those who are signed up to Lambeth’s ELSA register.
- Those who are in receipt of ongoing supervision, facilitated by an Educational Psychologist (this occurs once per half term for 2 hours, usually delivered in small groups of up to 8 ELSAs)
ELSAs are working with some of the most vulnerable children and young people in our schools. It is essential that they continue to receive specialised professional support to ensure safe and effective practice.
CHANGES TO OUR 2020 OFFER:
Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak and school closures, we will be resuming supervision from the autumn term 2020. Therefore, the offer for 2020 includes:
- Registration to Lambeth’s ELSA register.
- 4 Group Supervision sessions across the year, lasting 2 hours per half term.
- Opportunities for CPD during the Group Supervision sessions (including a ‘refresher’ on supporting loss and bereavement)
We anticipate that the first supervision session of the year (in the autumn term) will be delivered remotely, via video call to ensure the safety of all attending. Following this, supervision groups will discuss and agree jointly how future sessions will be delivered, (please note, this is subject to government guidance).
Designated Safeguarding Lead Training
- Consider key legislation and guidance that determines organisation’s policies for child safety and welfare
- Understand how to respond effectively to a child who reports abuse
- Understand the barriers that prevent staff from reporting concerns, and how to overcome them
- Make the right decisions about what steps to take when concerns about a child have been raised
- Understand what role the school or Early Years Setting has in the multi-agency child protection process, including case conferences
- Explore issues connected to recording and sharing information, including confidentiality
- Awareness of the emotional impact of safeguarding children and identify a network for personal support
- Consider learning from local and national serious case reviews