Each term we will summarise the main updates and news from the various areas that Health Education Service covers in the weekly blog, website and twitter feed. This term we cover:
• School Food
• Emotional health and wellbeing
Launch of Birmingham MASH
Birmingham MASH will be the first port of call for anyone with a child safeguarding concern.
A MASH is a multi-agency team which co-locates key safeguarding agencies with a view to better identifying risks to children, and improving decision-making, interventions, and outcomes. The creation of a MASH enables the multi-agency team to appropriately review their information systems, share all appropriate information in a secure environment, and ensure that the most appropriate response is provided to effectively safeguard and protect the child.
Birmingham MASH will see agencies across all sectors, represented by over 60 professionals from social care, police, health, education, and the voluntary sector, co-located at Birmingham City Council offices at Lancaster Circus. Phase 1 of the Birmingham MASH launched week commencing 28th July 2014, to be followed by further phases as more agencies join the MASH team.
More information on
DSP becomes DSL
‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ published in April has led to a change in the terminology for schools. Up to this point we have talked about the Designated Senior Person (DSP) for Safeguarding, whereas the new documentation renames this role as the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). As with the former DSP role, this person should have the appropriate authority and be given the time, funding, training, resources and support to provide advice and support to other staff on child welfare and child protection matters, to take part in strategy discussions and inter-agency meetings – and/or to support other staff to do so – and to contribute to the assessment of children. The designated safeguarding lead should liaise with the local authority and work with other agencies in line with Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013. There should always be cover for this role. The designated safeguarding lead should undergo updated child protection training every two years. The headteacher and all staff members should undergo child protection training which is updated regularly, in line with advice from the LSCB. The documentation describes the broad areas of responsibility of the DSL.
Keeping Children Safe in Education can be accessed from https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/300309/KCSIE_gdnce_FINAL.pdf
Changes to the UK approach to FGM
In July the UK hosted the first Girl Summit, aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) within a generation. The conference in July saw a range of announcements relating to legal changes around FGM. These include
• A legal obligation for doctors, social workers and teachers to report
• Criminalisation of parents if they failed to protect their children from the practice
• The formation of a female genital mutilation unit, as part of a wide-ranging package of reforms to stop the practice in the UK.
The PSHE Association have worked with the Home Office and DFID to create a section of their website focussed on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). This includes FGM as part of PSHE curriculum provision, and what to do if you suspect a child is at risk of FGM. The new pages can be accessed from
Leading Safeguarding – reviewing your school’s practice and provision
Our safeguarding team are able to provide a review of current practice with Headteachers and other members of the senior leadership team (in particular the DSL/P).
This half day session aims to guide schools through national and local guidance documentation to assist in reaching some key safeguarding decisions in relation to premises and the children, families, staff and visitors who attend them.
The input could be structured by reference to:
1) The school’s response to the audit tool circulated by Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board (section 175 audit).
2) The new statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education
3) Ofsted inspection documentation.
4) The BSCB model child protection policy for schools.
5) A tour of the parts of the premises to look at particular items e.g. safe-keeping of child protection records, issues of security or safety, as appropriate.
For further information or to book your session click
For further support and training on safeguarding please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
All safeguarding training for 2014/15 school year can be found on http://servicesforeducation.co.uk/index.php/component/com_advancedopenportal/Itemid,228/view,listevents/
Expert Group publishes teaching resources digest for NC citizenship 2014
The Expert Group for Citizenship has published a resources digest to support teachers in preparing for the revised National Curriculum for citizenship 2014.
The resources digest is organised around key topics and skills and the phase of education they are applicable to. Topics include:
• democracy and government
• rights and responsibilities
• fairness, justice, the law
• economy and financial education
• european, international, global
• identities and diversity
• critical thinking, research
• active citizenship
The resources digest is not intended to be definitive but consists of items used and/or recommended by members of the Group.
See more at:
For support, advice and training on PSHE, citizenship and SRE please contact Kathy.email@example.com (for primary) firstname.lastname@example.org (for secondary)
All PSHE, SRE, Drug Ed and Citizenship training for 2014/15 school year can be found on http://servicesforeducation.co.uk/index.php/component/com_advancedopenportal/Itemid,228/view,listevents/
New School Food Standards
Revised school food standards regulations come into effect on 1 January 2015. A draft copy of the regulations is available to help users to become familiar with the changes and make preparations ahead of their introduction.
A user-friendly summary of the standards and guidance to help schools and other organisations implement them is available on the school food plan website.
The revised standards, which were consulted on in March 2014, will be mandatory in all maintained schools, academies that opened prior to 2010 and academies and free schools entering into a funding agreement from June 20
For further information and to download a copy of the draft standards visit
For support, advice and training on PSHE, citizenship and SRE please contact Sandra.email@example.com
Emotional Health and Wellbeing
Mental health and young people – new guidance for schools
New guidance published this week by the government will help teachers better identify underlying mental health problems in young people – meaning fewer pupils will wrongly be labelled trouble-makers.
Education Minister Elizabeth Truss said it would help ensure pupils with unmet mental health needs will get the help they need at an earlier stage. A 2012 Centre for Mental Health report estimates around 15% of pupils aged 5 to 16 have mental health problems that put them at increased risk of developing more serious issues in the future.
At the same time, it will enable teachers to be more confident in spotting those children who are simply behaving badly, and do not have a mental health issue.
The guidance, created by the Department for Education in consultation with headteachers, mental health professors and the Department of Health, is designed to ensure teachers are confident in finding help for at-risk pupils.
For more information visit
Download the guidance here
Church of England Guidance on dealing with homophobia
The Church of England have published guidance for schools on dealing with homophobia. This guidance represents the action and commitment that the Church of England is taking to stamp out homophobic stereotyping and bullying for the children and young people educated in our schools, and provides 10 recommendations for schools. These include a call for all school staff to be trained to recognise and understand how to challenge all types of bullying including homophobic language and behaviour, and trained to offer pastoral support in the context of the issues surrounding sexual identity and homophobic bullying.
Download the guidance here
Schools Project – homophobic and transphobic bullying and hate crime
Homophobic and transphobic bullying and hate crime are particularly serious. They attack people’s right to feel safe and confident about their sexual orientation and their gender identity. As with all incidents and crimes that are motivated by prejudice and hate, they have a devastating effect on those who are targeted.
CPS North West has worked with the Ministry of Justice, Stonewall and Gendered Intelligence to develop a free educational resource pack aimed at tackling homophobic and transphobic bullying and hate crime amongst young people. It contains video clips, information and lesson plans, to help teachers to explore these issues.
All emotional health and wellbeing training for 2014/15 school year can be found on http://servicesforeducation.co.uk/index.php/component/com_advancedopenportal/Itemid,228/view,listevents/
For support, training and advice on emotional health and wellbeing please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
19/09/2014 Citizenship for non-specialist teachers 9am – 4pm HESTC
29/09/2014 Bereavement & Loss 9am-12pm HESTC
29/09/2014 Divorce & Separation 1.00pm – 4.00pm HESTC
02/10/2014 2 day Designated Senior Persons training 9am – 4pm Pavilion
03/10/2014 New to secondary PSHE Education 9am – 4pm HESTC
06/10/2014 Safeguarding for Designated Senior Persons – update 9am – 12.30pm Campanile
09/10/2014 Protective Behaviours in Secondary Schools 9am – 4pm HESTC
13/10/2014 The roles and responsibilities of a new Primary PSHE co-ordinator 9am – 4pm HESTC
15/10/2014 2 day Designated Senior Persons training 9am – 4pm Beeches
16/10/2014 Safer recruitment 9am – 4pm HESTC
20/10/2014 Preparing for Anti-bullying Week 9am – 4pm HESTC
21/10/2014 Food Safety 9am – 4pm HESTC
06/11/2014 Protective Behaviours in Primary Schools 9am – 4pm HESTC
13/11/2014 Safer recruitment 9am – 4pm HESTC
14/11/2014 Pornography – the necessary discussion 9am – 4pm HESTC
14/11/2014 Safeguarding for Designated Senior Persons – update 9am – 12.30pm Campanile
18/11/2014 2 day Designated Senior Persons training 9am – 4pm BCFC
21/11/2014 SMSC the Golden thread: Implications for Secondary PSHE 9am-12.30pm HESTC
24/11/2014 E-safety – issues for primary 1.00pm – 4.00pm HESTC
27/11/2014 Self harm & eating disorders & emotional health 9am – 4pm HESTC
28/11/2014 Outstanding citizenship 9am – 4pm HESTC
01/12/2014 First Aid for teachers 9am – 4.30pm HESTC
04/12/2014 Inappropriate sexual relationships & teenage partner violence 9am – 4pm HESTC
04/12/2014 2 day Designated Senior Persons training 9am – 4pm TBC
05/12/2014 E-safety – issues for secondary 9am-12.30pm HESTC
08/12/2014 Managing safeguarding allegations against staff 9am-12.30pm HESTC
09/12/2014 Protective behaviours for Learning Mentors & Teaching Assistants 9am – 4pm HESTC
11/12/2014 Developing an effective school council 9am – 4pm HESTC
For further information and bookings please visit http://www.servicesforeducation.co.uk