Best Practice

Maintaining a watertight safeguarding system

Safeguarding is one of the most important responsibilities facing schools. Anne Marie Christian runs through her checklist for ensuring that your approach is watertight

Since September 2015, during Ofsted inspections, schools are now judged more intensively on the effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements and need to demonstrate they are meeting their statutory responsibilities. So, do you know what these are? Be honest.

Over the last year, we have seen examples of schools where safeguarding was deemed inadequate. Failings varied – from staff failing to practise the safeguarding procedures when concerns arose about children to schools failing to keep evidence and records of their safeguarding training.

Safeguarding and child protection should be a golden thread sewn throughout everything we do in our schools. Here are some tips.

The school child protection policy and school safeguarding statement should be clearly visible on the website. The name and contact details of the designated safeguarding lead (DSL), deputies, safeguarding governor, the chair of governors and the LADO (local authority designated officer) should be on the child protection policy.

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