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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 31: January 2022

Welcome to the 31st edition of Compliance Matters - the UK's original eZine for health and safety compliance in the education sector.

As we start another uncertain year, Handsam would like to reiterate that we will continue to support our clients, no matter what new legislation and government guidance is brought in to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We aim to ensure that all our clients are aware of what they need to do and how they need to do it in a timely and easy to understand format.

In this issue, alongside our regular features, we have articles on supporting the mental health of senior school leaders and the second part of our exploration of our menopause in the workplace feature.

We've updated our Client Support Centre. Now it's easy to find help and support with any Handsam system queries. You can even download each individual guide for future reference. We've also added new guidance for the restraints dashboard and how to change your email preferences for the incident log.

We've added a new feature to the eZine - a comprehensive back issue index, so you can easily find any articles from the past 30 issues.

Martin Cain offers valuable insight into successfully managing the return of Ofsted inspections.

The procedure for taking sick leave has been updated. Read our article for details on how to stay compliant.

We've added several new policy templates to our library. If you feel you would benefit from one, please get in touch.

There are a couple of awareness events during this half term; Children's Mental Health Week is from 7-13 of February and 8th February is International Safer Internet Day. We've got details on both of those in this issue.

A survey of more than 4,700 NASUWT members in 2021 suggests that 38% have been subjected to verbal abuse from students in the past year. Find out more in our article on dealing with violence at school.

Due to client demand, we've created a new cleaning risk assessment template, which we're sure you'll find useful.

We may be looking forward to spring, but are you ready for colder conditions? We share some good advice here.

Marilyn Hawes concludes the second part of her article on the effects of pornography on the developing mind and also the growing problem of affluent abuse. We look at the work of the NSPCC's Report Abuse in Education helpline.

Handsam examines the new statistics from the HSE and a damning report from the FPA on how austerity measures have affected the fire service.

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