Daily Safeguarding Update admin2022-01-07T10:24:44+00:00January 6th, 2022| Discord seems to be preparing for PSN integration The ability to connect PlayStation Network (PSN) accounts to Discord may be in the works. This follows the announcement of an official partnership between PlayStation and Discord in May 2021. It isn’t clear how the integration will work and if Discord’s communication capabilities will be implemented. On Xbox, users can link accounts only to display what game they are playing to their friends on Discord. Access our Discord safety card, here. Full story, here. Child protection must be a national priority in 2022 says NSPCC Chief MPs and Peers are being urged by NSPCC CEO, Sir Peter Wanless to make child protection a national priority in 2022. The pandemic continues to have an impact on children and the need for better support is vital. Contacts made to the NSPCC helpline about children’s welfare have increased by a quarter, with overall numbers reported to children’s services falling in 2020/21. The government is being called on to increase investments in children’s social care and introduce legislation to protect children online. Full story, here. Primary pupil masks may be needed in England SAGE scientists have advised the government that mask-wearing may be needed for primary school pupils to combat the spread of Omicron. The Department for Education (DfE) has re-instated mask wearing for secondary school pupils but not in primary schools. The DfE has decided not to introduce masks in primary schools due to concerns over “hygienic use and communication”. Primary schools and early years settings currently have measures in place to mitigate transmission. These include staff testing, staff face coverings in communal areas, daily testing for close contacts and improved ventilation. Full story, here. Guidance Update: COVID-19 – children, young people, and education settings The Department for Education (DfE) has updated its summary of evidence on COVID-19 and for children and young people in education. This includes findings on the impact of face coverings on COVID-19 transmission and their impact in education settings. The data will continue to be evaluated and collated to inform guidance on how to continue face-to-face delivery of education. The full report can be found, here. HMI to inspect schools from next week Ofsted has reported that school inspections will resume next week using only full-time Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) staff. Serving heads and school leaders contracted as Ofsted inspectors will not be asked to carry out inspections which will limit the workforce. Schools that have been significantly affected by the pandemic can request an inspection deferral. Figures published at the end of last term showed that more than 20 schools that requested a referral had been rejected. Full story, here.