An evaluation of ‘Signs of Safety’ within 10 pilot areas was completed by Baginsky et al (July 2017) and has been overwhelmingly positive according to the Department for Education. Manchester Safeguarding Children’s Board reports that 43 UK Local Authorities are implementing the Signs of Safety approach to help safeguard children, but what is it?
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Hayley is NSPCC trained as a Designated Safeguarding Lead for One Education and to provide child protection casework supervision.
Hayley graduated from the University of Humberside and Lincolnshire with a 2(i) Bachelor of Science with Honours degree in Psychology. During her time at university, she worked voluntarily for Barnardo’s. This work involved befriending and supporting children and families with disabilities. It’s here where she developed a passion for supporting families in need of additional support.
In 2007, Hayley joined the Education Welfare Team in Manchester. During this time she gave assistance to schools through attendance campaigns, attendance audits and statutory action. Hayley also provided support to children, young people and families through early help assessments, running incredible years parenting programmes, multi-agency working and attending core group meetings and case conferences. Hayley successfully achieved an NVQ level 4 at Lancaster University for learning, development and support services for children and young people. She also obtained level 6 in National Occupational Standards (NOS) for her work within the Education Welfare role.
Hayley’s role naturally transferred to One Education in 2012, and in 2015 Hayley was appointed as a Safeguarding Officer. Her current role involves providing safeguarding training for schools and internal One Education staff. She provides early help and support to children, young people and families, supports schools in completing self-assessments and provides casework supervision support to Designated Safeguarding Leads and pastoral staff.
Hayley believes that putting children and young people first is at the heart of her work and is passionate about improving outcomes for children and young people.
Hayley Smith has written 7 posts
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) happens most often during the summer holidays, sometimes referred to as the ‘cutting season.’ It is a horrific form of abuse where the victim’s genitalia can be fully or partially removed. This practice often occurs during the holidays, allowing more time for the victim to heal before returning to school.
On 23 March 2017, the Department for Education published their statistical first release of pupil absence in schools in England 2015/2016. The report highlights that overall absence, across state-funded primary schools, secondary and special schools, has remained the same at 4.6% and has stayed at this level since 2013/14.
Over the last year, a significant amount of campaigning, work and research has been undertaken around the issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE). Sadly, professionals working with victims in some cases still interpret the activity of the vulnerable young people involved as ‘lifestyle choices.’
The widespread media coverage about the failure of the FA and its clubs to properly safeguard children, continues to gain momentum as more and more footballers speak out about sexual abuse at the hands of trusted adults. The sport is now facing allegations on a larger scale than the Jimmy Saville scandal.