National Guidance

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 outlines what individuals, organisations and agencies must do to protect children from harm and promote their welfare.

What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused 2018 provides guidance to help practitioners identify the signs of child abuse and neglect and understand what action to take.

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 is statutory guidance for all staff working in schools and colleges which outlines their responsibilities to provide a safe environment in which children can learn.

Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework 2017 outlines the standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5.

Guidance for Safer Working Practice 2019 provides practical advice for education staff around their own standards and professional practice to reduce the risk of allegations being made against them.

Teachers’ Standards 2011 for school leaders, staff and governing bodies, outlines the minimum requirements and standards for teachers’ professional practice and conduct.
 

Ofsted- Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings 2019 sets out the key points inspectors need to consider when inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings.

Safeguarding policies

Schools and colleges must have a suite of effective safeguarding policies, which describe the expectations, procedures and arrangements put in place to safeguard and promote children’s welfare.

These should be updated at least annually (or whenever there is an update or change to statutory guidance); all members of the school community should have access to these policies and all staff should sign to say they have read and understood the contents.

Child Protection

Our exemplar child protection policies have been developed in accordance with the key principles established in the Children Acts 1989 and 2004, related national statutory guidance and local procedures.

These documents should be adapted by school leaders and Safeguarding Leads to meet the specific requirements of individual settings.

All staff should have an up to date awareness of child protection issues, and how to respond to and report concerns.

Online Safety

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 requires schools and colleges to have “A staff behaviour policy (sometimes called the code of conduct) which should, amongst other things, include: acceptable use of technologies, staff/pupil relationships and communications, including the use of social media.”

Our acceptable use of technologies template provides a basis for leaders and managers to assist them in writing an effective policy, whilst the safer practice document will assist with decision making and discussions with staff:

There is no requirement for educational settings to have a separate online safety policy if online safety issues are appropriately addressed within other policies, however it does enables school leaders to detail strategic approaches and considerations regarding the safer use of technology.

Our online safety policy template is suitable for all education settings to adapt; this document should be recognised as a safeguarding policy, not a technical or computing policy, and falls within the remit of the Designated Safeguarding Lead.