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Governor Live Review: Safeguarding – the legal aspects for governance

Governor Live Review: Safeguarding – the legal aspects for governance

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The ninth and penultimate Governor Live event of 2017 – Safeguarding – the legal aspects for governance – took place on the evening of Thursday the 8th of June – the night of the General Election in the UK.  Michelle Gray, employment partner and head of Education at berg was the guest presenter for this event and explored some of the issues around all aspects of safeguarding. Here are the main areas of her presentation:

  • What does safeguarding mean
  • Who is responsible
  • Safeguarding statutory guidance
  • Particulars areas of concern
  • The role of governors in safeguarding

This was then followed by our usual time of questions and discussion – the recording of which and slides from are below.

Presentation slides

Here are the slides from Michelle’s presentation, reproduced and shared with permission:

Questions asked by participants

Michelle answered all of these questions – view the recordings further down the page to see the answers.

  • If a staff member resigns under “normal” circumstances (new job, relocation etc.) would a referral still need to be completed?
  • The secondary school I am a governor at has a safeguarding policy that provides, as you expect, that in certain circumstances information given in confidence will be disclosed where there is a safeguarding issue. I have raised the issue of pupils who are over 18 and their right as an adult to demand this doesn’t happen without their permission. Does the school have the right to override this for pupils who are adults?
  • How will the changes on Data Protection (GDPR in May 2018) affect any of this (right to removal of personal data, etc)? Explicit consent is the presently preferred term … to make sure data processors are clear.
  • Does the removal of the LSCBs mean that the role of LAs is further diminished in safeguarding? Do we know where “safeguarding partners” are located (MATs, LAs, elsewhere)?
  • How far does the safeguarding governor’s liability – financial, legal, etc. – extend?

Watch the recording

There are two options for viewing the record. The first is on the Modern Governor Adobe Connect server, and allows you to search the text of the slides and discussion between participants during the event. This requires the Adobe Flash Player and therefore won’t work on a smartphone or tablet. If you attended the live event on your computer, then you’ll be able to watch this version.

A more accessible but less interactive version of the recording is available on the Modern Governor YouTube channel:

Relevant Modern Governor modules

If your school or academy subscribes to Modern Governor then you have access to a range of modules to support your knowledge, understanding and practice. As mentioned during this Governor Live session, these modules aren’t just for governors with responsibility for safeguarding, but for all of us in governance, so we can hold one another to account as well as the schools and academies where we govern. Please get in touch if you’d like a quotation for your school, academy, multi-academy trust, teaching school alliance or local authority – you can find out more about the modules through these articles:

The final Governor Live session: Performing a SWOT analysis on your school

On Thursday the 15th of June at 8pm Christine Bayliss of C:BECS – who has presented in previous Governor Live events including our Considerations for Conversion series – will be presenting the final Governor Live session of the spring and summer terms, entitled Performing a SWOT analysis on your school. Here’s her introduction to this session:

Christine Bayliss

Christine Bayliss

“This Governor Live event will be a workshop for governors of maintained schools and standalone academies on how to carry out a SWOT analysis of their institution, to help make informed decisions regarding joining or leading a MAT. We’ll be using anonymised data from a currently maintained school, and participants will be encouraged to critically assess the information and come to their own conclusions about how the school might best proceed when faced with the prospect of academisation in whatever form – or not at all.

We’ll examine how taking an objective view of how our school’s ethos,  its academic data, its situation in terms of finance & resources, along with the wider pattern of provision in the local area can help governors make informed and sensible decisions about how to approach the prospect of academisation.

As ever, there’ll be time for questions, reflection and interaction with your fellow governors throughout the session.”

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