Child protection policy: model

Make sure your child protection policy reflects Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023. If you previously adapted our model, use our summary of what's changed and why to help you decide what changes to make. If you have your own policy, use our checklist to make sure it covers everything it needs to.

Last reviewed on 6 February 2024See updates
Ref: 41725
Statutory/mandatory for:
Maintained schools
Free schools
Independent schools
Sixth-form colleges
Further education
Pupil referral units
Non-maintained special schools
  1. Download our model policy
  2. How to make sure your own policy is up to date and compliant
  3. Settings with EYFS: you don't need a separate EYFS child protection policy
  4. Visit The Key Safeguarding for further safeguarding support

Download our model policy

This model document is designed for you and your schools to adapt to suit your context. It incorporates a:

  • Child protection policy (which all schools must have)
  • Statement of procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse against staff (which all schools must have)
  • Safer recruitment policy and procedures
Model policy: child protection and safeguarding (trusts) DOC, 572.0 KB

Setting this policy

We've created it so that you can set certain parts of the policy centrally to keep things consistent across your trust – for example, with how information should be recorded, or how allegations of abuse against staff will be handled.

Please note: we've created our policy with primary and secondary schools in mind.

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