Safeguarding delays putting children at risk, heads warn

The TES is reporting warnings from heads that children are being put at risk of harm because of the length of time it is taking to complete vital safeguarding assessments by “understaffed” local authorities…

Almost one in five heads said that referrals to children’s social care departments are taking longer than the 45 days stipulated in government guidance, according to a poll of more than 1,100 school leaders.

Capacity among local authorities to respond to safeguarding concerns is highlighted as an issue by heads, with comments from respondents including “they are in crisis”; “everyone is overworked, understaffed and stressed”; and “I have made complaints about the speed of work as children are being placed at risk by this”.

Female genital mutilation is highlighted as a particular concern for school leaders, with 51 per cent of respondents saying they were worried about the issue in their schools.

Overall, nearly three-quarters of those surveyed (74 per cent) said they had made a referral to children’s social care at some point in their careers, according to the poll carried out by The Key, a leadership support service for schools…

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