This page contains links and guidance that could be useful for professionals working with children and young people within a school or college environment. We would like to thank Babcock LDP for their support in passing some of this information to us.
The Government has placed a duty on Local Authorities to make arrangements to establish (as far as it is possible) the identities of children in their area who are of compulsory school age and not receiving a suitable education (i.e. children missing education).
Children not receiving a suitable education are at increased risk of a range of negative outcomes that could have long term damaging consequences for their life chances.
For further information, please follow this link – Children Missing Education
The Local Authority conducts a schools audit of compliance against Section 157/175 Education Act 2002, to understand school safeguarding practice and processes and gain assurance that schools are meeting their legal responsibilities. This analysis of the self-audit returns from schools (maintained, Academies, Free & Independent) summarises the strengths and weaknesses of safeguarding practice in Devon schools and highlights those areas of practice where schools indicate that additional support/training is required. Click here for the full report
Safeguarding Forum Summer 2014. Click here to view PowerPoint
Safeguarding our children – reflections from a newly appointed Governor, article by David Taylor
Presentation to Governors, by David Taylor
Inspecting Safeguarding in maintained schools and academies, Ofsted, September 2015
Latest guidance from the DfE on Safeguarding – current
Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults – Ofsted, February 2015
Devon’s SEND Local Offer website gives you information about the education, health and social care services and support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) from birth to 25. This is a comprehensive source of information about the support and facilities you can expect to find in and around your area. From support available in the Early Years to Preparing for Adulthood, the information has been developed and organised with the help of parent carers. You can also find out about opportunities to influence and develop the way local services are provided.
If you need help, Devon Information Advice and Support Service (DIAS) provides impartial and confidential information, advice and support, for parents, carers and young people, around all aspects of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) for education, health and care.