Demystifying Low-Level Concerns

In this webinar experts in the field of “low-level concerns” will provide you with authoritative guidance and the answers to all your questions on low-level concerns.

KCSIE Part 4 - Concerned About Colleagues?

The guidance on dealing with allegations against staff was updated in September 2021. From speaking with a number of our customers, we know that many schools and colleges are currently looking at how their existing policy covers this topic, which has prompted a number of questions.

  • What is a “Low Level Concern”? If an incident falls below the harm threshold, where do we draw the line? What should we be recording and how?
  • How does this fit into your wider safeguarding culture? For example, how best to win over cynical staff?
  • How is recording information about staff affected by the GDPR?
  • How will you spot the patterns and trends that may need escalation?
  • How to encourage reporting without opening the door to malicious accusations?

Leading Speakers

We have arranged for experts in the field of “low level concerns” to provide you with authoritative guidance and the answers to all these questions. There will also be a Q&A session at the end of the 45 minute seminar for you to raise any further queries.

Deputy Head (Safeguarding), Wellington College

Delyth Lynch

Delyth is Deputy Head (Safeguarding) at Wellington College in Berkshire, having over 22 years experience of teaching and senior leadership in independent schools.

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Passionate about the area of safeguarding, she was awarded the Boarding Schools Research Fellowship in 2018 undertaking some unique research in the field of abuse within boarding schools and what makes them uniquely vulnerable places. Her work has been cited at IICSA and she speaks regularly around the issue of culture within schools and the work that she has pioneered at Wellington around Values, Behaviours and Attitudes interviewing and low level concerns. This work was very recently recognised on the national stage by being awarded the Safeguarding and Child Protection Association’s ‘Outstanding initiative award’. Delyth is an active member of SACPA and the NADSL, and writes regularly for various publications about a variety of safeguarding topics which affect schools. She leads the Bracknell Forest Independent Schools DSL group, is a Governor at a local school and also enjoys a bit of ultra running in her spare time.

Senior Counsel, Farrer & Co

Adele Eastman

Adele is a Senior Counsel in Farrer & Co’s Safeguarding Unit. Her expertise is grounded in the two policy reports that she researched and authored for the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ): on educational exclusion, and child protection and mental health.

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Adele provides safeguarding training for Trustee Boards and SLTs, and advises schools, charities (from a UK and overseas perspective), and sports organisations and governing bodies, on a wide range of areas including best practice in safeguarding governance, safer recruitment, organisational culture, risk assessments, responding to concerns/allegations, handling safeguarding crises, safeguarding audits/reviews, low-level concerns, peer-on-peer abuse, mental health issues, and on-line safety. She has also advised a number of organisations on their engagement with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Adele is the charity sector lead for the Safeguarding Unit, and was a member of the DCMS led Domestic Charity Safeguarding Programme Group which has overseen the implementation of new safeguarding measures for domestic charities.

Committed to thought leadership and innovative practice, Adele has led on the development of the guidance on low-level concerns published by Farrer & Co, and has devised a peer-on-peer abuse toolkit with Dr Carlene Firmin and other experts (currently being revised).

Adele is a member of the Board of the CSJ, and sits on the Advisory Panel of the charity IntoUniversity – in support of which she cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats in September 2017. Adele was previously a Governor of an academy in London, and a Trustee of a grant-making charity.

Partner, Farrer & Co

Owen O'Rorke

Owen has expertise in a variety of IP and commercial contract work, but a large part of his work focuses on data protection for higher education and research institutions, sports organisations, charities and in particular independent schools.

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He advises schools both on urgent issues relating to data breaches, data subject rights, parental complaints and safeguarding, as well as wider policy and compliance issues (including marketing and development). Owen has produced with ISBA numerous materials and guidance to help schools prepare for and implement (UK) GDPR, the Data Protection Act 2018 and KCSIE.

Chief Safeguarding Officer, The Safeguarding Company

Mike Glanville

Mike is a Co-Founder and Chief Safeguarding Officer for The Safeguarding Company and is a former senior police officer with extensive experience in both adult and child safeguarding.

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Throughout his policing career Mike led on a number of major crime investigations relating to child sexual and physical abuse and had responsibility for all aspects of public protection in his force area. Mike has co-authored the book, 'Lessons will be Learned - Transforming Safeguarding in Education', which was published in May 2020 and has been a Chair of School Governors since 2010.

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