Management Information Sheet

Safeguarding Update: Staffing and Referral Updates

MI Sheet TypeAction
To Be Completed By: 15/07/2016
MI Number:36/16
Publication Date:26/02/2016 12:00:00
LA Contact:Various as attached (01603 307729)
Audience:Headteachers, Chairs of Governors, Designated safeguarding Leads
Links:MASH Referrals & Consultation February 2016.pdf

Safeguarding Update: Staffing and Referral Updates

Staffing Update:

Glen Hagger - Safeguarding Training Officer

Glen took up post in the Education Inclusion Service in the Autumn Term 2015. Glen is responsible for the delivery and development of safeguarding training for schools including Designated Safeguarding Lead Training and the whole school safeguarding training packages.

Glen is currently in the process of auditing the Designated Safeguarding Lead training records the Local Authority holds and will be making contact with schools where our records indicate gaps in training. If you have any questions regarding training requirements, you can contact Glen via e-mail:

Further information about safeguarding training for schools can be accessed via this link.

Daniel Halls -Education Representative MASH

Daniel took up post within the MASH Team in January 2016. Daniel will be the point of contact for colleagues within the MASH Team for education-related matters. He will also assist with the educational elements of decision-making by liaising with individual schools in relation to:

  • CSE risk assessments
  • Missing children
  • High risk cases of domestic abuse that are referred to the MASH by police

As well as liaising with individual schools as the need arises, Daniel has links with members of the Education Inclusion Team including those responsible for safeguarding training, school attendance and elective home education. Daniel is jointly managed by Jane Kett, Children's Services MASH Manager and Kelly Waters, Adviser - Education Safeguarding.

Schools are still required to make contact with MASH for a consultation or referral via the Customer Services Team. A summary of the procedures for referral and consultation is attached.

Changes to LADO Referrals and contacts:

Procedures for initial contact with the LADO Service have been reviewed and as a result a new system has been put in place as follows:

If you are making contact about a new referral or consultation you will need to complete either a LADO referral or consultation form as attached.

You should complete a consultation form if you are unsure and want advice about whether the behaviour you are concerned about meets the LADO criteria. Sometimes behaviours may concern you and make you wonder whether someone is suitable to work with children i.e. there has been a pattern of inappropriate behaviour that has been addressed via disciplinary procedures but the behaviour continues to occur.

You should complete a referral form if the behaviour you are clear that the behaviour you are reporting does meet the LADO criteria.

When completing the forms, please ensure you give as much detail as possible so we are able to make an informed decision on the way forward.

Once the LADO referral or consultation form has been completed, it needs to be returned to where it will be read by the duty LADO who will then respond with the appropriate advice and information.

If you are contacting the LADO Team by telephone in relation to an ongoing case you will be asked to leave your name and number and a short message for the LADO dealing with the case. The contact telephone number for the LADO Team is still 01603 223473.

Further guidance on the management of allegations against staff is available as follows:

Safeguarding Training for Catering Staff

Section 7.2 of the service level agreement that applies to those schools that are part of the NCC Group Catering Contract with Norse requires the school to provide the school specific element of the 'Safeguarding Children' training to permanent Norse staff working on premises. Whilst a general induction is provided by the Contractor, schools should ensure that these staff receive regular training that explains the school procedures for identifying and reporting concerns. Evidence of the training delivered should be retained within school.

Schools that have made arrangements outside of this contract should check the agreement in place with their meals provider to ensure all staff have suitable training.