Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School and college staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating.
Schools and colleges and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. Schools and colleges should work with social care, the police, health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
Definition of safeguarding
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
Protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of children's health or development, ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes. Children includes everyone under the age of 18.
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Safeguarding and Child Protection Handbook
Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Handbook helps enable staff in schools and settings to discharge their statutory responsibilities in relation to safeguarding children. It provides an overview of the relevant legislative, statutory and advisory guidance framework that schools must make reference to in fulfilling their statutory duties. It also offers practical guidance in relation to safeguarding policies, record keeping and referrals to Children's Social Care.
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
Our Model Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy offers a template for schools and colleges to adopt. Please be aware that Ofsted Inspectors expect to see a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy that is setting, school or college specific so it will be important to adapt and amend the policy to reflect your particular cohort and context.
Dealing with allegations of abuse against staff and volunteers
For guidance on how to manage an allegation made against staff and volunteers within your setting, please refer to the following information:
- CHSCP - reporting allegations against staff and volunteers
- London Safeguarding Children Partnership - London procedures
For guidance on how staff and volunteers should handle allegations made against them, please refer to the following information:
Revised positive handling guidance for schools and settings
The revised guidance document sets out Hackney Education’s position in relation to the use of reasonable force and physical restraint in schools and settings across the borough. It details the legal position and best practice in this area and provides comprehensive guidance to schools and settings. The guidance also considers de-escalation strategies, non-verbal techniques, and issues to avoid when effectively managing challenging behaviour. This guidance should also prove essential in reducing potential allegations made against education staff if physical interventions can be proven to be supported by effective training and guidance.
Children missing education
This guidance aims to set out the local processes and procedures when dealing with Children Missing Education (CME)