Look out for changes in pupils as they return to school
The winter break can be a particularly sensitive time, whether families celebrated Christmas or not.
Any significant changes in pupils as they return to school might suggest they’ve experienced abuse or have been exposed to specific safeguarding issues over the holidays.
Below are just a few examples of changes you might see. However, you and your staff know your pupils best, and are therefore best placed to spot any worrying changes or concerns.
If you receive any concerns from staff or have concerns yourself, use your professional judgement to decide where to refer the case and/or what support to provide the pupil with. For example, refer cases: