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Safeguarding advice: Keeping our children safe

Safeguarding forms a key focus for inspectors during the new Ofsted Section 8 monitoring visits of schools rated as good. Headteacher Helen Frostick offers a useful overview for schools

One of the two key points for short Section 8 Ofsted monitoring inspections is whether safeguarding children is effective. However, I have heard that many schools are finding themselves on the cusp of failing their Section 8 inspection based on safeguarding issues.

No-one would argue that the health and safety of children and learners is of paramount importance, but it is the case that schools that would have previously been confident about their systems and procedures are being pulled up short. Safeguarding is defined as, protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of children’s health or development and ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care (Working Together to Safeguard Children, Department for Education).

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