The new Safeguarding Audit created on behalf of the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Executive (GSCE) is now open.
Last year, we were asked to reproduce a Word Template and put it online. This involved schools collecting and inputting large amounts of evidence to justify their self-assessed levels of compliance. This year, the GSCE took a fresh look at what is required and then asked us to produce 'Version 2'. In summary:
To replace the 'Levels' that were an aspect of the previous audit, there will be an overall school 'audit rating' which will be based on the number of positive responses to specified questions asked in the audit as a whole. The rules for this haven't yet been finalised, so we are still working on it.
But never mind! The audit is open and we request that all schools complete by 12th February 2020.
The Oxfordshire Online Pupil Survey (OPS) 2019 is now complete and the data is starting to be analysed. It was funded by a University of Oxford Project called Pathfinder - iSAM. See more information about iSAM here (pdf). Pathfinder is aimed at gathering and integrating information from large data sets, such as online "E-Cohorts", to help researchers and health professionals better understand mental health and well-being. iSAM aims to gain insight into the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents, and the OPS is playing an important role in this project.
If you are an Oxfordshire school and you want to be part of this project, watch this space for future announcements.
The South Gloucestershire Online Pupil Survey (OPS) 2019 is now complete.
Gloucestershire OPS results were used as part of a study investigating the incidence of suicide and self-harm in adolescents in England - published in The Lancet 12th December 2017 - Incidence of suicide, hospital-presenting non-fatal self-harm, and community-occurring non-fatal self-harm in adolescents in England (the iceberg model of self-harm): a retrospective study Guelayov G, Casey D, McDonald K.C, Foster P, Pritchard K, Wells C, Clements C, Kapur N, Ness J, Waters K, Hawton K
More from the Oxford researchers - a new guide for parents coping with their children self-harming - you are not alone
Also developed by the researchers at the University of Oxford there is a guide for School staff: Young people who self harm: A guide for school staff
As part of our collaboration with split second research, Pauline presented a very interesting talk at food matters live about how our unconscious and emotional responses to packaging influence our choice of what to buy. Her presentation can be seen here.
This is a really good example of how gathering data and obtaining a deep understanding of behaviour can help tackle what may appear to be intractable problems with substance abuse - read about how Iceland is stopping teen substance abuse . Our survey asks very similar questions regarding substance abuse and type of activities and our reporting software allows analysts to compare schools and identify problem areas.
A recent presentation and report on electronic cigarettes by Public Health England South West identified key messages for specialist nurses which follow the messages in this blog from Public Health England. One of the remaining questions is whether e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking in young people. One of our survey questions is attempting to gather evidence regarding this.
For those of you who are interested in the accuracy of our results, here's some figures for Gloucestershire in 2016:
|Year Group||Number in database||% population based on NOR (as of October 2015)|
|Year 5 (new optional yeargroup)||3,613||58.0%|
|Year 12 in schools (not colleges)||2,674||76.5%|
Statistically, that’s a confident interval of 0.28 at 95% confidence level or 0.36 at the 99% confidence level (this means if we repeated the survey over the entire population we would get the same results + or – 0.36% and we can be certain of this 99% of the time).