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Recently the shocking news of Gareth Mellor broke in the media. Mellor was an assistant head teacher and safeguarding lead at a high school in Kettlethorpe High School, in Wakefield. He was tracked down by Nation Crime Agency (NCA) investigators through a Bitcoin payment for accessing indecent images of children.   After being arrested, Mellor admitted to having more than 11,500 images and videos of […]

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 Join Our FREE Webinar on Monday, December 4th, 4-5 pm!   Navigating the Change: Empowering Conversations on Peri-Menopause and Menopause  Are you or someone you care about approaching or experiencing peri-menopause or menopause? Don’t miss out on this enlightening webinar! Our experts are here to help you understand and embrace this transformative journey.  WHO SHOULD ATTEND? […]

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As a safeguarding consultant, my professional life often revolves around protecting and caring for others. But today, I want to share a deeply personal experience – the loss of my beloved cat, Misty. She wasn’t even 18 months old when she recently succumbed to a sudden and devastating virus. This experience has led me to […]

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Teaching FGM – things to keep in mind Of the many changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022, there were a few that led to a gasp of dismay from schools. One of those was the instruction for schools to teach about FGM.  KCSiE links to the government document Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex […]

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Safeguarding our children is a societal responsibility, but within that broader duty, the role of teachers and other staff is indispensable. It is imperative for every member of staff to be equipped with safeguarding training, not only to protect children but also to foster a nurturing environment conducive to learning. This blog post will discuss […]

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Let’s talk about Bed Poverty I’ll never forget the first time I supported a family to move into temporary accommodation when they had become homeless. This was many years ago, before working in education, when I supported families affected by homelessness.  In my role, I had already been accessing funding for the family in order […]

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 Attention all DSLs and Safeguarding Professionals!  Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 13th at 4 pm!   We’re excited to invite you to a FREE 30-minute webinar on the Filtering and Monitoring KCSIE 2023 Update – What you Need to Know!  Ella Savell-Boss and Simon May, General Manager at Fastvue, are joining forces to bring you […]

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Remembering Caitlyn-Scott Lee Like many of us in settings that work with young people, I have found myself reading about Caitlyn Scott-Lee and wondering what we can learn about her story in order to improve in our support for all young people including those who are neurodiverse. To provide some background, Caitlyn was a 16-year-old […]

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Contextual Safeguarding: Why is it important? Child protection and safeguarding measures are essential for ensuring the safety and well-being of children and young people. Traditionally, these measures have focused on protecting children from harm within the home, such as abuse and neglect by parents/carers. However, in recent years, there has been a shift towards a […]

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Upskirting is a serious issue that violates the privacy and dignity of individuals – usually women and girls. It refers to the act of taking a photograph or video under someone’s clothing, typically without their knowledge or consent, with the intention of viewing their genitals or underwear. This may be for the sexual gratification of […]