Statutory guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) sets out what schools and colleges must do to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18 when in education.
All governing bodies (including those in maintained nursery schools, non-maintained special schools and colleges) must have regard to ‘keeping children safe in education’, as must headteachers, proprietors, pupil referral units and further education and sixth form colleges.
Part one of the guidance covers safeguarding information. Governing bodies and their equivalents must ensure that it is read by all staff. It specifies:
- What staff should know how to do;
- Staff roles, cross-referenced to The Teachers’ Standards;
- What staff should look out for, including the types and signs of abuse and neglect, with an attitude of ‘it could happen here’;
- What staff should do if they have concerns about a pupil or a colleague;
- Safeguarding practices.
The guidance explains what action is to be taken and by whom, when a pupil has suffered, or is likely to suffer harm.
The guidance also covers safer recruitment. It clarifies regulated activity and disclosure and barring service checks and includes a flowchart of criminal record and barred list checks.
We work in conjunction with local authority designated officers across many local authorities as the guidance also covers how to deal with allegations made against a member of staff.
If you would like more information and advice about safeguards and keeping children safe in education, please contact a member of our specialist team.