Safeguarding - Key Information
The Department for Education (DfE) has statutory guidance which sets out the responsibilities of all schools and colleges in England to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people - 'Keeping children safe in education'.
'Working together to safeguard children' is another piece of statutory guidance on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
This is relevant to Designated Safeguarding Leads, Senior Leadership and Governors of Schools and applies to all schools and all staff.
The Safer Recruitment Consortium has produced non-statutory guidance for professionals working in education settings 'Guidance for safer working practice for those working with children and young people in education settings'. However the Minister for Children and Families recommends that schools, colleges and Local Safeguarding Children Boards consider using it in conjunction with the DfE's statutory guidance - 'Keeping children safe in education' when devising and implementing their safeguarding and child protection policies and training plans.
The original guidance was developed by a DfES network in 2005, with revisions in 2009. The 2015 update has been produced in consultation with representatives from local authorities, CAPE and a number of NASS schools. It should be helpful when developing your staff behaviour policy/code of conduct.
Departmental advice: to help understand how to comply with the law or explain what policies mean in practice
Local Authority support
Waltham Forest Council has a specialist Safeguarding in Education Service which provides advice and support in matters of child protection to:
- Designated staff with responsibility for child protection
- Head teachers
- Other professionals
Schools need to put in place a child protection policy and procedures, which is reviewed annually. The governing body is free to delegate approval of the policy and procedures to a committee of the governing body, an individual governor or the head teacher.
Training for designated staff with responsibility for child protection should ensure that practitioners:
- Recognise how to identify signs of abuse and know when it is appropriate to make a referral;
- Have knowledge of the Escalation Policy, the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) role, conduct of a child protection case conference and be able to attend and contribute to these;
- Ensure that all staff have access to and understand the setting's/establishment's safeguarding policy;
- Ensure that all staff have induction training;
- Keep detailed, accurate and secure written records;
- Obtain access to resources and attend any relevant or refresher training courses at least every two years.
For more information, please visit our Safeguarding in Education Service page on The Hub.
Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board (WFSCB)
The Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board (WFSCB) works to ensure that all local children's agencies within Waltham Forest work together for the safety and well-being of children and young people.
It is a statutory mechanism responsible for ensuring and monitoring the effectiveness of local agencies who provide services for children up to the age of eighteen, including educational settings. They work together to promote the safety and well-being of children and young people within the borough.
You can find out more about the work of the WFSCB on the Council’s website.