Why choose One Education for Education Welfare & Safeguarding Services
We are passionate about supporting schools and academies with a shared commitment and belief that all children have the right to feel safe, secure and protected from any kind of abuse.
We will work with your school and academies to reduce pupil absence and enhance their safeguarding strategies, whilst supporting the pupils and their parents. Our educational welfare service offers flexibility and personalisation, ensuring that the support you receive is appropriate and effective.
We have a strong ethos of building capacity in schools through on-site support providing strategic thinking, training, supervision, and a National Education Welfare Helpline.
Covid-19, and our determination to keep our students safe, has created considerable extra demands on staff in school. We recognised the need to commission additional resources into the Attendance and Safeguarding Team. Attendance Advisers from One Education have worked alongside the team and we have found this support invaluable as a short-term provision.
I found the safeguarding conference 2020 to be useful and informative especially in my role as Safeguarding Governor. Lots of useful websites and resources. I particularly enjoyed the workshops on FGM and DV.
Having regular opportunities to reflect on and evaluate your establishment's practice, procedures and effectiveness is essential. Working with One Education allowed us to review our work and move forward, which especially strengthened both pupils' and staff's safeguarding understanding, record keeping, sharpened our professional curiosity and deepening our safeguarding culture.
Our Safeguarding self–assessment has been really helpful in ensuring that our practice and policies are effective. The team have offered expertise and conducted a thorough review of the way our school safeguards and protects young people. As a start up school, in our second year of operation, the report and next steps will provide OfSTED reassurance that our practice has been reviewed and is sound.
Drawing upon safeguarding expertise to work closely with the attendance team to support parents in gaining information, for example, Early Help referrals
The attendance service level agreement offered by One Education is exceptional. Their staff team are highly knowledgeable and swift to respond to queries and questions. The helpline is literally a lifeline as it enables our staff team to find quick solutions to legislation and also to find the best way to break down barriers which frequently prevent good attendance of vulnerable pupils.
Attendance is so important and as a school we have worked hard on this. Working with One Ed enabled us to further develop what we do at each level and has helped us to address persistent absence more effectively.
Working with the wider teaching team in school through the attendance team and teachers has been successful in highlighting children who are following particular patterns of absence, which has supported pupil progress.
What a lovely meeting I had with your welfare adviser this morning. I did not know what to expect but I left the room very calm and felt our roles in safeguarding were appreciated, valued and our mental health was precious to you all. I cannot wait for our next meeting!
A massive thank you for all the support you are providing to our schools and for those that haven’t accessed, the reassurance that you are there!
Education Welfare Support for Schools and academy trusts
Safe and Well Visits: Our team supports attendance throughout the year, allaying any safeguarding concerns for your school. This support can be targeted specifically at the start of a new term or during school holidays to ensure that families receive support during periods away from school, and preparing them for return.
Extra support may also be required at key times throughout the year, such as, before and during exam time and the transition from primary to secondary school.
Casework with children and families: Our supervision service is ideal for your school if you employ your own in-house attendance team.
Our experienced and qualified advisers provide first-class casework supervision. They can help your staff to prioritise and resolve dilemmas in a safe, constructive environment to ensure best practice both strategically and practically, whilst always putting the child first.
Support with legal proceedings: When all interventions are unsuccessful and you face the hard decision to proceed with legal action for non-attendance, our experienced attendance advisers can review and prepare all necessary documentation for any statutory action to a professional standard that is ready for submission to any local authority. This could include requesting penalty notices for absence or to pursue legal proceedings.
We work within your local authority's procedures and in partnership with them, to aide a productive outcome.
Policy and Practice Development
The need for your school to feel confident that your policies incorporate the latest safeguarding and attendance legislation and guidance is essential.
We can support you to review and update your school's policies and procedures with a focus on ensuring that they are personal and relevant to your school community and are in line with educational legislation.
Professional Casework Supervision
The Government's, ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018’ requires Safeguarding Lead professionals to receive appropriate supervision, echoed by learning from serious case reviews.
Our experienced and NSPCC qualified safeguarding specialists offer supervision to support Designated Safeguarding Leads and front-line practitioners with any professional concerns they may have about individual children and families.
Regular supervision ensures that staff are supported to:
- Manage the emotional component of this challenging role and reduce professional isolation
- Ensure that practice is safe
- Ensure that work with children and families is quality assured
Our casework supervision is effective for:
- Reviewing and progressing caseload
- Reflecting on current and past practice
- Building networks of support
- Offering caseload guidance and second opinions
- Providing emotional support and reducing professional isolation
Safeguarding Training for Schools
In line with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’, establishments should ensure that all of their staff are appropriately trained in safeguarding. Our safeguarding specialists deliver specialist training to schools and academies throughout the northwest including:
Designated Safeguarding Lead Training (CPD Certified): This training for all designated safeguarding leads serves as a great introduction to the role as well as an opportunity to refresh your knowledge of how to recognise and respond to concerns and disclosures of abuse, in line with current legislation.
Our safeguarding training is held on various dates throughout the year to suit your school’s needs and suitable for Early Years, Primary schools and Secondary schools. This can also be delivered within your school setting or across a trust or collaborative schools.
Introduction to Safeguarding (CPD Certified): Introduction to Safeguarding will ensure that everyone in your school is confident in recognising and responding to signs of abuse. This training incorporates effective record keeping, learning from serious case reviews and an overview of the latest Ofsted requirements and legal framework.
This training course can be delivered as a half day or two twilights and possibly part of your teacher training day in your school. It is crucial that ALL your staff have this training.
"A full, comprehensive delivery of training in an informal, friendly yet professional manner." ~ Emma Neary, Bridgelea Primary School Manchester.
Advanced Designated Safeguarding Lead Training If you are an experienced DSL and ready to take a deeper look into the role and requirements of the Designated Safeguarding Lead, then our Advanced DSL Training is for you.
Accredited EYFS Designated Safeguarding Lead Training Take an in-depth look at key legislation and government guidance which provides the framework to Safeguarding within our EYFS settings
Safer Recruitment in Education (Specialist) This training is accredited by The Safer Recruitment Consortium.
Every school and academy recruitment panel must include at least one accredited person. Improved awareness and understanding of offender behaviour, helps deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable staff.
This one day training considers policies and practice that minimise opportunities for abuse, includes new course materials and is delivered by our HR team.
Bespoke Attendance Training
Our bespoke package will expand on Pupil Attendance Training incorporating our successful training but tailored to your school to ensure it is personal and reflective of your school needs. Working within the DfE guidance, LA procedures and using expertise, knowledge, and experiences, we aim to support you to be effectively managing and raising attendance. We will also be looking at guidance for Covid - 19 and the impact that this may be having in your school.
From the use of codes within the daily registers, to looking at how interventions can be implemented, One Education can offer you the chance to look at attendance from the baseline. It will provide the opportunities to discuss individual cases and look at solutions to any attendance queries you may have.
If you are experienced in attendance, or new to the role then this could be a great opportunity to refresh and expand on what attendance looks like in your school with the knowledge and support to be challenging absence and supporting children and families.
Safeguarding: We will assist your staff in evaluating your current safeguarding and child protection arrangements, policy and procedures. One of our welfare specialists will visit your school and facilitate critical reflection and will provide constructive advice and recommendations to ensure that you have robust, relevant and useful safeguarding arrangements in place.
The assessment also considers how well your school meets Ofsted standards and statutory requirements as well as examining overall effectiveness of practice.
Attendance: There is a strong link between good school attendance and achieving good results for pupils. Nevertheless, all schools must record details of pupil’s attendance and absence at school.
Our attendance experts will work with you and your colleagues to conduct a thorough and detailed assessment of your school’s current attendance policies, practices and procedures which will identify areas of strength and potential development.
Your school’s attendance assessment will be presented in a detailed report, offering guidance on how to improve student punctuality and attendance. With some additional support, the assessment will also include advice on reviewing your school’s attendance policies and procedures.
National Education Welfare Helpline
Welfare is crucial for every school so it is only right that your staff have access to a helpline that is available on a day-to-day basis to help with your attendance and safeguarding specific queries.
Our National Education Welfare helpline is a telephone and email support service connecting you straight to our experienced attendance and safeguarding advisers who will support both new and experienced staff with all your questions regarding practices and processes within Department for Education guidelines and sharing good practice.
Our helpline service also gives your staff access to a confidential forum, providing you with proven solutions to welfare issues and gives a platform for you to ask questions on attendance and safeguarding strategies, procedures, legislations and good practices.
We can provide support to your staff regarding all of your Education Welfare concerns including improving pupil attendance and safeguarding your pupils on both an individual basis and across your school.
The helpline provides a year of support and advice through a telephone and email support service from whenever you join. The helpline is available Monday to Friday in term time between 8.45am and 12.00pm.
Annual Safeguarding Conference
Our Safeguarding Children Conference brings together national leaders and experts in safeguarding and child protection. It is ideal for head teachers and any educator within a safeguarding role.
The conference features highly regarded keynote speakers and insightful, practical workshops on various safeguarding topics making this annual event unmissable for schools. As well as valuable networking time, DSLs and school leaders have the opportunity to hear the latest developments in safeguarding children and way in which to build on established best practice.