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Safeguarding Bulletin

December 2022

Please see the documents below detailing activities that will be delivered in Dover, Ashford and the Folkestone and Hythe areas as part of the Holiday Activity and Food Programme during the winter holiday period. 

Dover 

Folkestone and Hythe 

Ashford 

November 2022

Stakeholder Engagement Early Years: Have your say and help shape the future of Early Years in Kent. Please come and share your expertise, ideas, and views about what is working well and what you think should be considered, to ensure that children under five across Kent receive the bery best start in life. 

KCC Stakeholder Engagement Early Years 
Please click the link below for a list of emotional wellbeing support services for young people. The table includes a mix of nationwide and Kent based services. 

Emotional Wellbeing Support Services for Young People

Please get in touch with a member of our safeguarding team to discuss referrals/support. If you are in crisis or require out of hours support, please call Kent Children and Young People's Mental Health Service Single Point of Access (SPA), available 24 hours a day on, 0800 011 3474.

Alternatively, you can contact Mental Health Direct on 0800 995 1000 in case of crisis, for out of hours support, as well as general support and advice. 

Call 999 and/or go to your nearest A&E if you feel unable to keep yourself safe. 

October 2022

Please take a look at the latest Kent Safeguarding Children Multi-Agency Partnership Newsletter: 

Kent Safeguarding Children Multi-Agency Partnership Newsletter Oct 2022
Kent have introduced an Emotional Wellbeing Bulletin to keep you up to date with information, resources, services and training opportunities which support children, young people, parents, carers and practitioners' emotional wellbeing. Here is a link to their first edition! 

Kent Emotional Wellbeing Bulletin
Here is a guide that Tes research have produced that highlights the key changes to KCSIE 2022 and further explains how these changes will impact schools. 

Keeping children safe in education 2022: How will it affect you and how we can help

According to the Tes research, 78% of school staff believe there has been an increase in safeguarding concerns since the pandemic, with 58% of school staff claiming that the majority of incidents are taking place online, or on social media, outside of school hours. Please take a look at the E-safety guides below, produced by National Online Safety, which go into detail with tips for parents and carers to help keep young people safe online. 

National Online Safety: E-safety Guides 


September 2022

KCSIE, Annual Staff Update, 1st September 2022

Thank you to all staff for attending the annual safeguarding update.

Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) (DfE, 2022)

The Department for Education (DfE) has published an updated version of the statutory safeguarding and child protection guidance for schools in England, Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) (DfE, 2022).

This guidance will replace KCSIE 2021 when it comes into force on 1 September 2022.   

The guidance sets out what schools and colleges in England must do to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18.

All staff will be given a copy of part 1 of this document and will asked to complete a certificate to say that they have recieved the training.

You can access the documentation on the gov.uk website:

KCSIE on gov.uk

Please click the link below for a recap of our expectations and requirements as staff in school around safeguarding as well as some further information regarding whats new in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022. 

Safeguarding Update September 2022 

The Early Help Approach in Kent