Keeping up-to-date with Safeguarding requirements is essential, especially as there are frequent changes to the legislation.
With the growth of email and social media, the Government, in conjunction with the NSPCC, developed the latest new sexual communication charge, introduced in April 2017, through section 67 of the Serious Crime Act 2015. It is now an offence for anyone aged 18 or older to send a child aged under 16 emails, text messages, letters or other forms of online or offline communication with sexual intent. The offence will apply where the defendant can be shown to have acted for the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification.
The new offence carries up to two years in prison and automatic placement on the sex offenders register.
It’s important to keep your Safeguarding training up-to-date. Take a look at some of the courses we have available for schools:
- Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Safer Recruitment
- Pre-employment and Single Central Register Training
- Awareness of the Prevent and Safeguarding Strategies
- Level 3 Safeguarding Training
If you would like any further information on Safeguarding training, audits or support please get in touch with our team on 01924 827869.