Updating policies and procedures can support staff, young people and parents to understand the local response to different forms of harm
It is important that schools and multi-agency partnerships frequently update their policies and procedures to ensure there is a consistent and contextual response to harm. Updating policies should consider the following:
- That there is read-across between policies such as the behaviour, ICT and exclusion to safeguarding policies.
- School policies are in-line with and complementary to multi-agency policies.
- Policies include the procedure for responding to different forms of harm, for example harmful sexual behaviour and online abuse, and not just definitions.
- Clear guidance on recording and referring harm internally and to social care/the police
- The school’s role in responding to local concerns including online.
- Promote a child welfare, rather than only punitive, response to harm – protecting victims and those that instigate harm.
- Consider the physical landscape of the school.
Who is it for?
Education and safeguarding professionals
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For a template policy and guidance access Farrer & Co’s peer-on-peer abuse toolkit.