Safeguarding and Prevent Headlines

Information on hot topics, consultations and surveys, and headlines to ensure that, as a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), you are kept informed and have the opportunity to engage with on-going debates and consultations.

This page supplements the Safeguarding and Prevent Newsletter that bring together key statistics, data and research.

War in Ukraine

Advice and resources to aid conversations

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is distressing and concerning for colleagues and learners alike.

The Government’s Education Hub features some advice and resources to aid conversations about this distressing event, including help spotting disinformation. Although primarily aimed at younger students, can be helpful with all learners.

If you are concerned or stressed and feel that you need support, you will find useful contacts and resources on our Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing webpage.


Whose resilience it anywayETF Associate Polly Harrow considers the meaning of ‘resilience’ and how to apply it in the FE and Training sector, looking at why it is important and how it is developed in young people.

Trauma Aware Practice – ETF Associate Polly Harrow considers trauma aware practice, looking at the neuroscience that underpins our understanding, the impact of trauma and adverse childhood experiences on teenage brain development, and the importance of the Emotional Available Adult.

ETF Associate Selina Stewart considers why extremism is even more of a risk during the Covid pandemic with a series of topical Blogs exploring:

Further resources for colleagues working directly with young people

The National Youth Agency (NYA) have pulled together some age appropriate resource. Within these pages you will find guides, toolkits and signposts for those working with young people in England to help you navigate conversations about the crisis in Ukraine.

TopicResource NameOrganisationLink
Understanding conflictBritish Red Cross Teaching Resource: Rules of WarBritish Red CrossAccess the resource
Understanding conflictBritish Red Cross Teaching Resource: Ukraine photo activityBritish Red CrossAccess the resource
Understanding conflictHow to talk to children about warSave the ChildrenAccess the resource
Understanding conflictTalking to children about warBarnardo’sAccess the resource
RefugeesRefugee ChildrenMentally Healthy SchoolsAccess the resource
RefugeesSupport for people affected by crisis in UkraineRefugee CouncilAccess the resource
UNICEFRefugee and Migrant Children EuropeUNICEFAccess the resource
UNICEFChildren in UkraineUNICEFAccess the resource
Media LiteracyMedia Literacy and Fact FindingBe Internet CitizensAccess the resource
ResilienceMental Health resources for young peopleBoing BoingAccess the resource

BBC Newsround

War in Ukraine: What do all the Words Mean?

History of the Conflict of Russia and Ukraine Explained

Child Q

A report, Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review – Child Q was released this month. It takes an in-depth review of the search of the 15-year-old girl, known as Child Q.

Child Q – Safeguarding Practice Review

Register to view the online seminar (only available free till the 28 March 2022)

The recorded seminar is very informative, as it draws together all the complex legislation around the incidence from the perspective of both education and Police legislation / guidance.

The last part of the seminar is more geared to schools, but the first 20 mins is very informative and challenges how we engage with other agencies. 

The seminar covers the following:

  • What happened to Child Q;
  • What are the different searches the police can undertake;
  • What is the role of the ‘appropriate adult’;
  • What part did racism play in this case;
  • What actions should schools take as a response to this case.

NPCC GuidanceWhen to call the Police guidance is also very useful, even though it is primarily for Schools.


Survey of safeguarding staff in post-16 providers in England:

Report of a survey into the skills, needs and views of safeguarding staff in the learning and skills sector.

Safeguarding survey report cover

Safeguarding staff are an essential part of the post-16 workforce. Designated Safeguarding Leads, their deputies and colleagues are key to ensuring the safety of learners in every type of post-16 provider: colleges, independent providers, and local authority providers.

This important survey is the first-time post-16 providers have set out to map the skills, qualifications and needs of this workforce across all parts of the learning and skills sector. It was commissioned by the ETF and undertaken by the Association of Colleges (AoC) with the support of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), HOLEX (the lead professional body for Adult Community Education and Learning), Natspec (the voice of specialist further education) and the National Association of Managers of Student Services (NAMSS).

Hot Topics

From the National Safeguarding Forum for Designated Safeguarding Leads recent forum, we have developed some useful Safeguarding, Prevent and SEND resources, which we discussed in the forum.

Access these vital Safeguarding tools on the Excellence Gateway SEND website.