Responsibilities of all staff

Management of Safeguarding

Governing bodies and proprietors should ensure that:

  • the school or college contributes to inter-agency working in line with statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children, including the provision of a co-ordinated offer of early help;
  • safeguarding arrangements take into account the procedures and practice of the local authority (LA) as part of the inter-agency safeguarding procedures set up by the LSCB;
  • a member of the governing body, usually the Chair, is nominated to liaise with the LA and/or partner agencies on issues of child protection and in the event of allegations of abuse made against the headteacher/principal or proprietor;
  • there is a an effective child protection policy in place together with a staff behaviour policy (code of conduct) – headteachers/principals should ensure that these are followed by staff; and
  • they appoint a member of the school or college’s leadership team to the role of designated safeguarding lead – this should be explicit in the role-holder’s job description.

Governing bodies and proprietors should also consider how children may be taught about safeguarding.

 

The Department of Education has issued a new Statory Guidance and advice realting to safeguarding and information sharing as follows:

 

New Statutory Guidance

Working together to safeguard children (2015)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/working-together-to-safeguard-children--2

 

Keeping Children Safe in Education (2015)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2

(This replaces Keeping Children Safe in Education 2014)

 

New non-statutory advice

What to do if you're worried a child is being abused: advice for practitioners (2015)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2

(This advice replaces the previous version of What to do if you're worried a child is being abused, published in 2006, and complements Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) statutory guidance).

Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services (2015)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safeguarding-practitioners-information-sharing-advice

(This guidance supersedes the HM Government Information sharing: guidance for practitioners and managers published in March 2008).