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  • Christine Mould
  • 26 January 2016
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Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults can provide challenging moral and legal responsibilities for individuals and organisations.

Under laws brought in last summer, schools, prisons, the NHS, and local authorities have a legal obligation, known as the "Prevent Duty", to spot individuals who might be vulnerable to extremism and radicalisation.

A total of 415 children aged 10 and under have been referred to the government's deradicalisation programme in England and Wales over the last four years and according to the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) figures 1,424 children aged 11-15 were also referred between January 2012 and December 2015.  The figures show that referrals are rising year on year.

In addition to these laws the Department for Education announced a consultation in December 2015 to update the “Keeping Children Safe in Education” guidance (KCSiE). This consultation is set to strengthen a number of areas including the Prevent Duty and obligations placed on Heads and Governors to monitor student activity in the online environment.

The new proposals announced by Nick Morgan, Education Secretary requires schools to monitor pupils’ internet use and also teach students how to stay safe online. The proposed revisions are designed to ensure that pupils are safeguarded from exposure to radical and extremism ideology in the school environment. Revisions to the guidelines will also use help to tackle other safeguarding issues associated with the digital environment such as cyberbullying and pornography.

To help schools and colleges fully understand what safeguarding is and how the law applies to the educational sector International Workplace has created an interactive eLearning course designed for people working in the education sector and assumes no previous knowledge of safeguarding or its requirements under UK law.  Although this course applies to the United Kingdom, the best practice principles contained can provide guidance for duty of care in international markets.

This 2 hour interactive eLearning course explores the different types of abuse and neglect, and the necessary personnel and skills required to provide a confident safeguarding framework.  

For more information on this course click here or call us on +44 (0)871 777 8881.