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Done in 60 seconds: a quick way to improve safeguarding

No one who works in a school has a view of the whole picture when issues of a child’s protection arise, but minute-long meetings with all staff can form a picture and start the process of building trust with the pupil and their family, writes Simon Smith

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If you’ve ever been involved in a serious child-protection case, you will have inevitably spent time analysing what you could have done differently. There are so many aspects involved in getting safeguarding right, it is natural to question your own role in it.

And it is a role that is definitely ours to perform; those who say school should be focused solely on education forget that sometimes we are the only window into some of these children’s lives. As a school, we carry a huge responsibility for the students in our care.

All of this makes me worry about the behaviour-management systems ...

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