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Safeguarding and support for pupils

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NAHT members are at the forefront of safeguarding children. School leaders are committed to keeping children safe, so they can learn well. NAHT believes that all pupils should receive the support they need to maintain their well-being and achieve their potential, both within school and from wider services including health and social care.

NAHT is campaigning to:

Enable schools to play their part in supporting pupils' well-being

  • Lobby for pupils and schools to get the support they need from wider services including health, social care, police and youth services
  • Influence the implementation of the proposals from the mental health green paper, including the senior lead for mental health and mental health support teams
  • Support schools to access relevant, high-quality training and resources to enable pupils to exercise their right to support for their mental well-being.


Support schools to safeguard and protect pupils

  • Engage with the DfE over proposed changes to the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Influence changes to Keeping Children Safe In Education, Working Together and Sexual Violence and harassment guidance
  • Campaign to improve online safety for children and young people
  • Press the government to ensure home educated children are adequately safeguarded
  • Promote guidance and resources to support schools to protect children at risk of harm including involvement with violence and other crime.


Enable schools to support vulnerable groups of pupils

  • Campaign to ensure pupils with SEND can receive the support they need from schools and wider services
  • Press for improved alternative provision and collaborative approaches across communities to support pupils excluded from school
  • Provide information to schools to help them to support disadvantaged children
  • Enable schools to make informed decisions regarding parental requests to home educate
  • Ensure reforms to behaviour guidance and networks is evidence-based and appropriate for all schools and a diverse pupil population. 

New harmful sexual behaviour support service launched, for safeguarding leads and other professionals

SWGfl and The Marie Collins Foundation have created a support service for professionals working with children and young people in tackling harmful sexual behaviours.

The support service, funded by the Home Office and in collaboration with the DfE, is available for anyone in England working with children and young people. In particular, resources are aimed at designated safeguarding leads in primary and secondary schools as well as alternative provision. Support is also available to early years practitioners, colleges and wider safeguarding professionals.

If children within your care have been displaying, or are affected by, incidents of harmful sexual behaviour, the service can provide initial support and signposting to further resources and advice.

The service is run by trained professionals and provides:

  • advice on individual cases or incidents of harmful sexual behaviour
  • guidance on policy development on tackling harmful sexual behaviour
  • sharing of relevant resources, best practice and contacts around harmful sexual behaviour.

The service is available by phone between 8am and 8pm Monday – Friday on 0344 2250623 or via email at hsbsupport@swgfl.org.uk.

To learn more and stay up to date, sign up to the SWGfl newsletter and visit The Marie Collins Foundation website.

First published 03 March 2022