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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 32: March 2022

Welcome to the 32nd edition of Compliance Matters - the UK's original eZine for health and safety compliance in the education sector.

The second part of the spring term has many challenges as all teachers who are working with students preparing for exams this summer will certainly be aware of. However, this difficult time will be slightly brightened by the gradual restriction of COVID enforced restrictions. Handsam would like to reiterate that we will continue to support our clients, no matter what new legislation and government guidance are brought in, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

In this issue, we're introducing the new Handsam Blog. This will be updated every Monday during term time to keep you informed of any new or interesting development in educational compliance.

There are a couple of awareness events during this half term: Stress Awareness Month this April and International Women's Day (8th March). We've got information, guidance and resources on both of those in this issue.

Alongside our regular features, Martin Cain discusses why schools must follow uniform rules. We examine the new DfE guidance on political impartiality in schools.

An alarming new independent inquiry into child sexual abuse makes for compelling reading. Marilyn Hawes examines the findings here.

From the world of data protection, we have articles on the new free checks available to protect against cyber-attacks and spoofing and an important cyber security update from the NCSC.

The popular social networking app Yubo isn't all as it seems. Read here for more information and what school staff can look out for.

CLEAPSS is offering new audit training for DT, Food and Art departments. Find out more here.

We've added several new policy templates to our library. If you feel you would benefit from one, please get in touch. There are also some new risk assessments for early years providers, and on the Handsam system new Audit Actions are available and a new Documents feature.

We share a report from the FPA on building cladding after Grenfell.

DfE's guidance regarding first aid in schools, further education and early years has been updated. We have a breakdown of the changes here.

The Food Standards Agency is making improvements to UK school food standards, and updates to PPE legislation have been published by HSE.

An early years organisation in Edinburgh has been fined £800,000 after a toddler choked to death.

Finally, read all about the latest news on all things school trips, including information about the NHS Covid Pass for 12-15-year-olds, Cornwall Heritage Trust’s school trip transport funding, and the school that was fined £30,000 after taking students on a hike in just their school shoes.

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