Safeguarding is a vital priority for schools, so recognising when a child isn’t safe in their home environment is essential.
The pandemic has highlighted the dangers children face when at home, and the importance of schools in spotting domestic abuse and providing the right support.
It is crucial that schools are equipped to respond appropriately if the welfare of a child in their school is at risk. This essential seminar has been created in order for you to understand the forms of domestic abuse and how to recognise the signs.
The seminar will provide expert guidance for understanding, identifying and taking action where domestic abuse is a concern, so you can better respond to these delicate but critical situations.
It will also explore how COVID-19 has increased safeguarding and welfare risks for children at home, and look at what schools can do to support and protect their pupils whilst engaging with them sensitively, in person or otherwise.
What’s on the agenda?
- Clarifying and understanding the different forms of domestic abuse: it is not just physical
- Making the rules clear: confidentiality, incident reporting and recording
- How has COVID-19 impacted the safety and welfare of children, and how can increased pressures be mitigated?
- Working together: how staff can work cohesively as well as with external organisations
Understanding and recognising signs of domestic abuse
Lee MarksCEO and Founder of Break the Silence UK
- Misconceptions and definitions: it’s not just physical abuse
- Identifying and understanding risk factors
- Witnessing domestic abuse: addressing and overcoming trauma
- What are the signs to look out for?
- Hiding it: how to look out for the different kinds of abuse
Approaching and responding to signs of domestic abuse in the school context
Vickie RobertsonFounder and Chair of Kaleidoscopic UK
- Identifying the best approach for the child affected
- Building trust to encourage disclosure and understanding how to engage with victims sensitively
- How can staff can work together?
- Learning support: how can domestic abuse affect a child’s learning?
- Curbing the cycle – education to encourage healthy relationships
Developing a sensitive approach, response and referral system for your school
- How to develop and maintain an effective policy and whole-school approach
- Managing unexpected pressures: COVID-19 and domestic abuse levels
- Confidentiality, reporting, and incident records – what are the rules?
- Working with external organisations
- Communicating with the family involved: mitigating increased tensions
- End of seminar