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Revised guidance on definitions of Child Sexual Exploitation: Definition and a guide for practitioners, local leaders and decision makers working to protect children from child sexual exploitation (DfE, 2017)

This advice is non-statutory, and has been produced to help practitioners, local leaders and decision makers who work with children and families to identify child sexual exploitation and take appropriate action in response. This includes the management, disruption and prosecution of perpetrators.

This advice replaces the 2009 guidance Safeguarding children and young people from sexual exploitation. It should be read alongside Working Together to Safeguard Children (most recent updates available on gov.uk) which continues to provide statutory guidance covering the legislative requirements on services to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, including in relation to child sexual exploitation.

A child is anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday. Throughout this advice the terms ‘child’ and ‘children’ are used to refer to all those under the age of 18.

Child Sexual Exploitation Guidance Core Document

Understanding and Dealing with Issues Relating to Parental Responsibility

Departmental advice for maintained schools, maintained nursery schools, academies, free schools, local authorities and dioceses (DFE, January 2016)

About this Departmental Advice

This is departmental advice from the Department for Education. It is non-statutory, and has been produced to help recipients understand their obligations and duties in relation to the rights and responsibilities of parents as defined by education legislation.

It is intended as helpful guidance for schools and local authorities but should not be treated as a complete and authoritative statement of the law. In this guidance the DFE are careful to differentiate between legal requirement and good practice. They use ‘must’ where a school has a duty. They use ‘can’ where a school has a power (not a duty) under statutory or common law. They use ‘should’ for advice on good practice.

Parental Responsibility Advice for School

Specific Safeguarding Guidance and Practical Support

The government has statutory, non-statutory and practice guidance for a number of specific safeguarding areas such as:

Schools can search for specific guidance at:

Furthermore ‘Statutory Guidance to Keeping Children Safe in Education’ – (July 2015) provides further links to guidance and practical support for specific safeguarding issues such as:

  • child sexual exploitation (CSE)
  • bullying including cyberbullying
  • domestic violence
  • drugs
  • fabricated or induced illness
  • faith abuse
  • female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • forced marriage
  • gangs and youth violence
  • gender-based violence/violence against women and girls (VAWG)
  • mental health
  • private fostering
  • radicalisation
  • sexting
  • teenage relationship abuse
  • trafficking

May 2016 The DfE have published guidance dated 5 September 2016 for information only. Until 5 September 2016, schools and colleges must continue to use the current statutory guidance dated July 2015.

 

Mental Health and Behavior in Schools: Departmental Advice (DFE June 2014)

Below is a link to advice from the Department for Education. 

This non-statutory advice clarifies the responsibility of the school, outlines what they can do and how to support a child or young person whose behaviour - whether it is disruptive, withdrawn, anxious, depressed or otherwise - may be related to an unmet mental health need.

Please note this advice will be reviewed in October 2014.

 

Ofsted Guidance

For the latest information on safeguarding and Ofsted please visit:

 

Information Sharing (DfE March 2015)

DfE: Safeguarding practitioners: information sharing advice (March 2015)

Departmental advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers. This advice is for front-line practitioners and senior managers providing services to:

  • children
  • young people
  • parents
  • carers

It helps practitioners and their managers decide when and how to share personal information legally and professionally.

It might also be helpful for practitioners working with adults who are responsible for children who may be in need.

 



Statutory Guidance to Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE June 2015)

This is statutory guidance from the Department for Education issued under Section 17 5 of the Education Act 2002, the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 and the Education (Non - Maintained Special Schoo ls) (England) Regulations 2011. Schools and colleges must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Unless otherwise specified, ‘school ’ means all schools whether maintained, non - maintained or independent schools, including academies and free schools, alternative provision academies and pupil referral units. ‘School ’ includes maintained nursery schools . ‘College’ means further education colleges and sixth - form colleges as established under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992, and relates to their responsibilities towards children under the age of 18 , but excludes 16 - 19 academies and free schools (which are required to comply with relevant safeguarding legislation by virtue of their funding agreement).

This document contains information on what schools and colleges should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools and colleges must comply. It should be read alongside statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 which applies to all the schools referred to above, and departmental advice What to do if you are worried a child is being abused 2015 - Advice for practitioners.

This document is a summary of the key changes to the statutory guidance that will come into effect as of the 5th September 2016.

Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2016) - Summary of Changes


Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE March 2015) - Statutory Guidance

Working Together to Safeguard Children sets out how individuals and organisations should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The guidance is addressed to all practitioners and front-line managers who have particular responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and to senior and operational managers in organisations that are responsible for commissioning or providing services to children, young people, parents and carers.

It is also addressed to senior and operational managers in organisations that have a particular responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

The guidance was updated in March 2015 and can be viewed on the DfE website at:


Multi-Agency Practice Guidelines: Handling of Forced Marriages

The Government’s' Multi-agency practice guidelines: Handling cases of Forced Marriage' provides step-by-step advice for frontline workers.  The guidelines are described on the gov.uk website as ‘essential reading for health professionals, educational staff, police, children’s social care, adult social services and local authority housing.’

Members of the Honour Based Abuse Working Group, managed by the County Community Safety Unit, have used the Government’s guidelines to produce the attached flowcharts and checklist:

Flowchart 1 – ‘Action for professionals to take when a forced marriage (FM) victim presents
Flowchart 2 – ‘Basic first steps for forced marriage (FM) specialist responding to adult victims’ immediate needs’
Checklist for responding to a victim or potential victim of forced marriage, which is to be used in conjunction with Flowchart 1

The purpose is to provide multi-agency staff with an easy to use guide, to use when responding to victims and potential victims of forced marriage.  It should be used in conjunction with the multi-agency practice guidelines.”

Please note, it is stated on the back cover of the multi-agency practice guidelines that ‘extracts from this document may be reproduced for non-commercial education or training purposes on the condition that the source is acknowledged’.