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Published at the start of every half term by HANDSAM, The leading experts in education compliance management, COMPLIANCE MATTERS keeps education professionals up to date in all aspects of health and safety.

Compliance Matters 30: November 2021

Welcome to the 30th edition of Compliance Matters - the UK's original eZine for health and safety compliance in the education sector.

We are delighted to relaunch our flagship eZine, COMPLIANCE MATTERS. We hope you enjoy the new layout. We've been working hard over the last few months to improve Compliance Matters and bring it up to date - please let us know if there are any features you'd like to see in the eZine or if you have any comments on the makeover. Drop us a line at

In this issue, we look at why we need to increase our understanding of the menopause in our article about menopause in the workplace.

We spotlight the issues surrounding the effect of pornography on the developing mind and Marilyn Hawes examines the problem of peer-on-peer abuse in the final part of a three-part article.

There are two awareness weeks you can get involved with in November: Alcohol Awareness Week and Road Safety Week. It's also Stress Awareness Day on 3rd November.

Have you ever wondered what your students are really saying in their text messages? Find out what seemingly harmless images could mean with a new guide to Emoji slang. We've also got some advice on internet safety.

If you're putting on a nativity play, carol concert or any type of performance during the autumn term, be sure to read the Handsam article on putting on a school concert.

We've added a new feature to the Handsam system - if you've had an incident at your facility where you've had to use restraint, here's how you can record it.

If you didn't keep up to date with your radiation compliance over lockdown, now's the time to put that right with our article on preparing for a Handsam radiation inspection. And if you're worried that your facility is producing hazardous waste, you should read our article on safe waste disposal.

You may have an imminent ofsted inspection - are you concerned about the safeguarding element? Read Martin Cain's article Successfully Negotiating the Safeguarding Element of Ofsted Inspections.

Over the last three issues of Compliance Matters, we've looked at The Children's Code, which came into force earlier this year. Find out all about it here. We have also created a new E-Training course on Cyber Security (NCSC training for school staff.) Read all about it here.

...and if you're looking for a little relief at the end of a stressful autumn term, Dr Chris Lowe has written a cautionary tale for teachers: The Parable of Gord King-Wencelas.

Please be aware of our Christmas and New Year opening hours.

Handsam wishes all of our clients, a safe and happy half term.