Safeguarding and Children’s Mental Health
KidSafe makes significant contributions to support our school with Safeguarding and
Children’s Mental Health with respect to: Ofsted Inspection Criteria, KCSiE, PSHE, RSE,
County Lines, Prevent and British Values requirements. KidSafe also meets provision set out in the Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health paper.
All KidSafe programmes are based on over 20 years good practise, they contain age appropriate content and are delivered without shattering pupil’s innocence. Set out below is a detailed breakdown of how KidSafe helps our school meet each of the criteria.
Our whole ethos is to educate children thoroughly in an age appropriate way to develop the skills to deal with all the issues raised in this document. The focus being prevention and early intervention to reduce the manifestation of harm, including Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and negative mental health, both now and in the future. The programmes are fully inclusive and can be used within our primary school setting. It can be delivered to children with SEND. The programmes can also be delivered within children’s homes and pupil referral unit’s (PRU’s).
These guidelines are designed to:
- Assist Head Teachers, Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL’s) and Mental Health Leads with documentation regarding safeguarding and child protection criteria when KidSafe programmes are delivered in our school.
- Enables our school to encourage pupils to be aware of their own safety.
- Support staff to be aware of the guidance they need to give to pupils both in and out of school.
- Offer schools a robust early intervention programme that can be delivered by any member of our school staff including Head teacher, class teacher, teaching assistants, SENCO’s, family support worker, learning mentor, designated safeguarding lead and mental health lead.
- To give our pupils the skills they need to be able to protect themselves from all forms of abuse including peer-on-peer abuse, sexual and domestic abuse in an age appropriate, non-shattering of innocence way.
- To enable our pupils to feel safe at all times in school and in all alternative provision placements.
- To enable our pupils to understand very clearly what constitutes unsafe situations and to be highly aware of how to keep themselves safe.
How KidSafe meets criteria from Ofsted, KCSiE, PSHE, County Lines, RSE, Prevent and
KidSafe registered schools/settings, with at least one KidSafe trained educator, deliver a variety of age appropriate safeguarding workshops helping pupils to keep themselves safe in a variety of situations. Workshops link in with annual bullying and cyber safety/e-safety week and mental health week, when the main messages of the workshop can be re-visited and re-enforced.
Delivering the full programme helps meet Ofsted, KCSiE, PSHE, County Lines, RSE,
Prevent and British Values requirements:
KidSafe trained educators initially deliver a comprehensive 6 session safeguarding and children’s mental health programme to all pupils in school, potentially annually, giving pupils very simple but effective strategies to deal with any unsafe situation. The age appropriate programme covers sexual, physical, emotional and domestic abuse. It includes an in-depth e-safety section which gives children strategies to deal with inappropriate images, privacy settings and enables children to make healthy choices about their use of technology. Various additional workshops and programmes are aimed at specific age groups and to meet specific needs including peer-on-peer abuse. Pupils are fully aware of different forms of bullying, including cyber bullying, and are taught strategies to prevent it from occurring. KidSafe provides up to 100 hours of fully scripted PSHE lessons.
Where KidSafe sessions match requirements they are coded as follows: KidSafe Training = T Full Programme 1= FP1 Full Programme 2 = FP2 Additional Scenarios = AS Early Years Programme = EYFS Safe Use of the Internet and Cyber Bullying Y3/4 & Y5 upwards = CB One Hour Workshops = WS
- KidSafe educators are named adults in school or setting supporting the school’s setting’s commitment to safeguarding pupils. Pupils recognise the KidSafe educators as trusted adults. (Pictures of KidSafe educators can be displayed so pupils know who they can talk to)
- Pupils have a shared vocabulary for expressing feelings with their peers, staff and
- Staff deliver each session so pupils know how to ask the adults in school for help and are reassured that they will be listened to.
- The KidSafe programme is fully inclusive.
- Pupils learn that they are in charge of the decisions they make and can say ‘no’ e.g.
when faced with peer pressure, or any inappropriate behaviour.