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Headteachers should write a safeguarding report to the board at least once a year. Download our template to help make this process quicker and easier.

There's no requirement to write a safeguarding report for the governing board, but if you do it's usually the responsibility of the headteacher or the designated safeguarding lead (DSL).

Template report

We've created a template report that you can adapt and give to your governing board. 

The report is aimed at giving governors and trustees a basic overview of safeguarding figures and procedures in the school and an indication of the workload of those responsible for managing safeguarding issues.

Governors should not know any details about individual cases. 

Compliance Tracker report

Compliance Tracker, included with your membership of The Key for School Leaders, allows maintained schools and academies to track and report on compliance with their obligations in 7 areas, including safeguarding.

You can use the reports generated by Compliance Tracker to demonstrate compliance to your board. 

Go to Compliance Tracker


Our associate education expert, Jackie Beard, said the full governing board should receive an annual safeguarding report as all governors and trustees should be aware of, and monitor, the procedures the school has in place. 

The relevant committee should receive termly reports, as this allows governors and trustees to scrutinise the school's procedures in more detail. 

Governors' role in safeguarding  

Safeguarding consultant Andrew Hall discusses the information that should be shared with governors: 


Jackie Beard is a national leader of governance, advising governing bodies in all aspects of their role. She also sits on an independent appeal panel for exclusions and admissions for a local authority.

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