Christian McMullen is the head of the NSPCC’s safeguarding in education service. The NSPCC has recently partnered with the Times Educational Supplement to produce a free digital self-assessment tool which allows Designated Safeguarding Leads to assess how well their schools are meeting statutory and recommended safeguarding practices. The charity also provides online and face-to-face training tailored for those working in schools – search NSPCC Training for further information.
Helping pupils develop their minds is what teachers do, but how can they go about making sure that young learners are safe, both in school and at home? Christian McMullen, head of the NSPCC’s safeguarding in education service, tells us exactly what teachers need to look out for, and what actions they can take.
Teachers and others working in schools are uniquely well-placed to spot a child at risk of abuse and neglect, and can take action to change the course of that child’s life for the better. Many different factors will impact on how effectively they do this, ranging from their knowledge of the signs that a child is at risk, to their relationships with their pupils, as well as the culture the school promotes around safeguarding.