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Safeguarding, including Prevent, FGM, online safety

The designated Safeguarding & Child Protection Lead for St Mary's University Institute of Education is Anna Lise Gordon.

Below are a number of links to some very useful guidance which will inform you of best practice when dealing with these difficult and sensitive areas within your teaching practice.

Free online training is available with The Education and Training Foundation.
You will have to register, but it is free and very worthwhile exploring.

Safeguarding, child protection, FGM and Prevent

St Mary's University Safeguarding

Please see the teacher-training-specific St Mary's University ITT Safeguarding Policy.

Safeguarding and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government guidance on how to follow safeguarding procedures when planning remote education strategies and teaching remotely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Keeping Children Safe in Education

The DfE's statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment.

Working Together to Safeguard Children

The DfE's statutory guidance on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The Prevent Duty

Guidance for schools and childcare providers on preventing children and young people from being drawn into terrorism. The guidance was updated following a Court of Appeal judgement in March 2019.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) resource pack

Government guidelines for addressing FGM in schools include the FGM resource pack.
There is additional information from the Home Office: these documents raise awareness of FGM and provide advice on preventative measures.

NSPCC Child Protection Guidance

Find out how the child protection system works across the UK on the NSPCC Learning website.

Ofsted: Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings

Guidance for inspectors carrying out inspections under the education inspection framework from September 2019.

Forced Marriage

Government guidance on how to protect, advise and support victims of forced marriage.


Teaching Online Safety in Schools

Guidance supporting schools to teach pupils how to stay safe online when studying new and existing subjects.

Ofsted’s eight e-safety demands

An article from SecEd offering advice to help achieve the eight key features of good and outstanding practice identified by Ofsted.

NSPCC guidance on e-safety

News and advice from the NSPCC regarding online safety, setting up parental controls, and how to broach these subjects with children.