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Safeguarding - Spotting Signs of Abuse and Neglect (2 Parts)

NSPCC education advisor, John Stead, safeguarding experts, and primary and secondary teachers, discuss how to spot the signs of abuse and neglect, in order to better protect children. One 15-minutes programme covers primary schools and the other secondary schools. Education Advisor at the NSPCC, John Stead, and Chair of the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN), Jonathan Picken, outline case studies of child abuse and neglect cases identified within schools.

1) Primary teacher Alice Osbourne explains her duty as a teacher in spotting and acting on changes to pupil behaviour that raise child protection suspicions, and how to recognise some of the signs. Philip Jones, the named person for child protection within his primary school, describes the challenges of his position, and the pivotal role schools play in involving outside agencies in cases relating to child abuse or neglect.
2) Pat Curran, a named person with a secondary school for child protection, outlines the key indicators that all school staff are trained to spot and refer on. PE teacher Ross Towler and student support worker Yvette Hudson describe how they would react if a child made a disclosure relating to abuse or neglect. Lead Officer for Child Protection at Education in Bradford, Jenni Whitehead, emphasises the importance of teachers recognising potential child protection issues.
Great Britain
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Education; Social welfare
child abuse; child welfare; teacher training; child protection

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John Stead



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Funded by the Department for Education, Teachers’ TV was a producer and supplier of over 3,600 free videos and lesson resources to support the professional development of anyone working in school, enabling them to widen their skills, develop their practice, and connect with others in the field. Previously broadcast on digital television, the service became exclusively online from 31 August 2010, with programmes being available for free online viewing or download. Thge DfE terminated the contract with Teachers TV and delivery via the website ceased on 29 April 2011, with the programmes being offered to educational distributors free online delivery. Further details from the DfE website Until 29 April 2011 programmes from Teachers Television were streamed on the website and available for download to registered users (free registration). Programmes are aimed at primary and secondary school teachers in all subject areas, as well as headteachers and governors, and include observation of teaching sessions, materials for use in the classroom and discussion of issues relevant to education. Teachers TV was funded by the Department for Education but the contract ended in April 2011 and the programmes are being offered to educational distributors to deliver free at the point of use from their websites. Details of which titles are available in this way are on the DfE website

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