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Safeguarding: What we do

What we do

Our role is to support schools and early years settings to respond to safeguarding concerns and deal with emerging themes in safeguarding; with our thorough understanding of legislation and statutory guidance related to safeguarding practice, we offer advice and guidance on a wide range of safeguarding issues.

We can also be commissioned to provide a range of high-quality training and a variety of review services to promote best practice and support you and your staff in making your pupils as safe as they can be.

What we provide

As a maintained school, academy or independent school in Kent, you are eligible to receive the following from the Education Safeguarding Service.

  • Advice, support and challenge on safeguarding issues (via telephone and email), including escalation of professional concerns.
  • Access to the child protection newsletter.
  • Up-to-date exemplar Child Protection policy and Acceptable Use Policy for education providers to adapt.
  • Support and/or challenge at child protection meetings (if appropriate).
  • Support as the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Education on behalf of the Local Authority in times of crisis and unexpected critical incidents, (for example attendance at Early Response meetings following the unexpected death of a child who attends school).

Individuals and schools (Kent and Medway only) can subscribe for Universal Membership with The Education People, to gain additional access to the following:

  • Comprehensive information on current and emerging safeguarding priorities, including signposting to national advice and guidance
  • Specific advice and guidance on online safety, including our nationally-recognised online safety template policy and signposting to national resources
  • Access to additional template policies and guidance documents
  • Access to our CPD accredited training menu and facility to book centralised and bespoke courses directly.

To see a comprehensive list of the training and other services we provide, please see the training and services menu.