Educational establishments have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. The information on this page is to support schools in undertaking this duty.
In September 2016 the DFE produced the statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education.’ This document replaces ‘Safeguarding Children & Safer Recruitment in Education’ (2006) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (2015) and from 5th September 2016 becomes the statutory guidance that all schools and further education colleges must have regard to when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
All staff working in education should be aware of this guidance and implications for themselves.
To support schools in undertaking their safeguarding responsibilities, TSCB have a number of resources and approaches including:
TSCB e-bulletins, and schools e-bulletins which provide updates on key and current safeguarding issues and should be read by the school leadership, in particular the designated lead for safeguarding.
The Model School Safeguarding Policy provides a basis for individual school policies.
training support through materials for use in schools for foundation level training to staff and interagency training (free places) for designated safeguarding leads and others with pastoral responsibilities.
self audit tool, for schools to use on an annual basis to ensure they are meeting their safeguarding responsibilities. All educational establishments are required to have regard to the following statutory guidance:
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Independent Schools and Academies are also required to have regard to the following regulations:
Schools with boarding provision need to have regard to:
Hostile incursions and other incidents guidance:
Other useful references for schools:
Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006
Schools Inspection Handbook
Female Genital Mutilation