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Safeguarding Practice in Schools

DfE: Keeping children safe in education (September 2018)

Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment.

Summary of changes are available at:

Child protection: Safeguarding

Both documents are available to view at:

Statutory guidance is issued by law; you must follow it unless there’s a good reason not to.

This guidance is for:

  • headteachers, teachers and education staff
  • governing bodies and proprietors

and applies to all schools.

It sets out what schools and colleges must do to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18.


DfE: Working together to safeguard children (August 2018)

Statutory guidance on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children:

This guidance is for:

  • local authority chief executives
  • directors of children’s services
  • local safeguarding children board chairs
  • teachers and education staff
  • social workers
  • health service professionals
  • adult services
  • police officers
  • voluntary and community sector workers in contact with children and families

It applies to:

  • local authorities
  • all schools

It sets out how:

  • organisations and individuals should work together
  • how practitioners should conduct the assessment of children

This replaces ‘Working together to safeguard children’ (2013).

Statutory guidance is issued by law; you must follow it unless there’s a good reason not to.


DfE: Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006 (March 2015)

Statutory guidance for schools about the employment of staff disqualified from childcare.

A version of the guidance for young people and a separate version suitable for younger children are also available for practitioners to share.


DfE: What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused (March 2015)


DfE: Safeguarding practitioners: information sharing advice (March 2015)

Departmental advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers. This advice is for front-line practitioners and senior managers providing services to:

  • children
  • young people
  • parents
  • carers

It helps practitioners and their managers decide when and how to share personal information legally and professionally.

It might also be helpful for practitioners working with adults who are responsible for children who may be in need.

Departmental advice helps you understand how to comply with the law or explains what our policies mean in practice. You do not have to follow the advice.


Good Practice

Ofsted Report on Safeguarding Best Practice in Schools

Ofsted published a report ‘Safeguarding in schools: best practice’ (Sep 2011) which distils the features of exceptionally good practice in safeguarding in schools where safeguarding was judged to be outstanding between September 2009 and July 2010.


Office of the Children’s Commissioner 25 September 2012: “You have someone to trust”: outstanding safeguarding practice in primary schools. Practical tips for schools
These practical tips for teachers and other professionals are based on the NSPCC findings and are intended to help schools to better identify and support children they are concerned about and develop their whole school approach to safeguarding.