There are separate forums for primary and secondary headteachers in Hackney. Both are held half termly and provide a space for discussing a range of issues, including the safeguarding of children and young people. Topics previously considered have included gangs & serious youth violence and the response to Everyone’s Invited / sexual abuse in schools. Related issues are also considered such as changes to Ofsted inspection frameworks and updates on the work of Hackney Education.
The Secondary Wellbeing Deputy Headteachers meeting has a focus on issues such as behaviour, attendance and pupils support. It is chaired by a deputy headteacher from a Hackney school and meets every half term.
This is a forum for Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) to network, keep up to date with current safeguarding legislation and guidance, and share good practice. It is also an opportunity to hear key information from our early years safeguarding team and other key partners. Facilitated by Hackney Education, the forum is open to DSLs and Deputy DSLs, including those in private, voluntary and independent sector settings across the City of London and Hackney. Further information is available from firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting termly, this group brings together senior Children’s Social Care (CSC) managers, Hackney Education leads and several headteachers. It acts as a forum for CSC to discuss plans and key topics with schools and to hear feedback from schools on performance/issues.
A range of other training opportunities are available locally for schools and colleges. For example, both LADOs in the City of London and Hackney deliver bespoke training for schools and colleges on the management of allegations against staff and volunteers. Hackney Education also delivers a rolling programme of training to schools and colleges covering an introduction to safeguarding, designated safeguarding lead training and governor training. An online safeguarding training module developed by Hackney Education is also available HERE.