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  • Child protection concern forms Are there forms for reporting child protection concerns? We refer to examples of forms for recording child protection or safeguarding concerns and disclosures from LAs and schools. You will also find a spreadsheet you can download and use to record child protection referrals in your school.
  • Conducting 'safe and well' checks Find out about conducting home visits to check on pupils’ welfare. Understand your duty when conducting ‘reasonable enquiries’ into a child’s whereabouts before removing them from the school roll.
  • EYFS safeguarding and welfare checklist Use our checklist to help you make sure you're fulfilling the safeguarding and welfare requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). It's based on the 2017 EYFS framework, and also applies to early adopters of the 2021 reforms.
  • Gathering staff feedback on safeguarding: questionnaire Is there a staff questionnaire for views on a school’s approach to safeguarding? We worked with one of our associate education experts to create a questionnaire designed to gather staff feedback on a school's approach to safeguarding. We also link to further questionnaires.
  • How to prevent peer-on-peer abuse UpdatedUnderstand what peer-on-peer abuse is and steps you can take to reduce the risk of it happening in your school. Find guidance and resources, and know where to go for extra support.
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE): September 2021 changes UpdatedA new version of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) comes into force on 1 September. Understand the changes and what your next steps should be.
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE): summary UpdatedRead the key points in Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2021 and know where to look for information on specific areas of safeguarding in the statutory guidance.
  • Ofsted review of sexual abuse in schools: summary Be clear on the key findings from Ofsted's sexual abuse review, and what it recommends you should do, so you can get up to speed with what’s happening in the sector right now.
  • Online safety assembly resources With children spending more time online, it’s vital that they know how to stay safe. Assemblies are a great way to raise awareness and prompt discussion. Here are some examples of assembly plans covering topics such as online safety and online identity.
  • Online safety: how to review your approach Find out how to audit your approach to pupil online safety to make sure it complies with DfE statutory guidance.
  • Online safety: requirements and guidance Understand what arrangements you should have in place to keep pupils safe online, and get further resources to help you manage online safety in your school.
  • Recording general safeguarding issues: guidance and template Record general safeguarding issues in your school so that you can spot trends and concerns to keep pupils safe. Opt for an online system to record digitally or download our template for a paper-based approach.
  • Recording safeguarding information: guidance and template Find out what safeguarding information you need to record, and use our template to keep an up-to-date record of all safeguarding concerns raised, including allegations involving staff.
  • Reporting safeguarding allegations Know when to report allegations against staff to the local authority designated officer (LADO), and what to do if you need to consider allegations against staff who you don't directly employ.
  • Role of the designated safeguarding lead (DSL) Understand the DSL's responsibilities, what training they need and what to consider when determining how much time your DSL needs for their role.
  • Safeguarding audit UpdatedAudit your current safeguarding arrangements to make sure you're up to date with the statutory safeguarding guidance in line with KCSIE 2021. Plus, get help reviewing the measures you have in place to safeguard pupils during COVID-19.
  • Safeguarding notices for visitors See examples of safeguarding notices for visitors from primary schools, secondary schools and an all-through school.
  • Safeguarding training requirements UpdatedAll staff should have safeguarding and child protection training. Find out what this should include, and how this differs for the DSL, headteacher, governors and volunteers. Use our Safeguarding Training Centre to help you save time and stay compliant.
  • Supervision meetings for EYFS staff Early years providers must arrange for staff who work with children to have supervision, to support staff and make sure pupils are safeguarded effectively. Find out what the EYFS framework says about supervision and see how others are putting this into practice.
  • Visitor safeguarding protocols Your school needs to develop its own procedures for identifying and supervising visitors. See examples of other schools' procedures to help develop your own.
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  • Childcare disqualification requirements Understand childcare disqualification, who it applies to and how to conduct a disqualification check.
  • Childcare disqualification requirements Read our one-page summary of the childcare disqualification requirements and download a copy to share with your colleagues.
  • DBS and other required checks for governors and trustees Find out what checks are required for governors, members and trustees, so you can make sure your school is compliant with the latest statutory safeguarding guidance.
  • DBS checks: contractors Read our summary of when contractors need a DBS check and whether you're responsible for carrying it out.
  • DBS checks: renewals DBS checks don't routinely need to be renewed. Read this article to find out when you should ask staff and volunteers to have a new check.
  • DBS checks: volunteers Volunteers in regulated activity need an enhanced DBS check with a barred list check. If they’re not in regulated activity, use our template risk assessment to help you decide what check they need.
  • DBS checks: who needs one? Get a summary of who needs a DBS check, and what type they need. Find out about checks for staff working with 'vulnerable' pupils aged 18 or over, and whether new staff can start work before their DBS certificate comes through.
  • DBS checks: work experience providers The requirements for carrying out DBS checks on individuals supervising work experience depend on whether pupils are over or under 16. Read our summary to get to grips with these requirements.
  • DBS checks: work experience students Read our summary to help you decide when work experience students will need a DBS check.
  • Regulated activity in schools Schools must ensure that individuals in regulated activity are not barred from working with children, by carrying out a barred list check through the DBS. Read about what counts as regulated activity in a school, and what the exceptions are.
  • Section 128 checks Make sure you know who needs a section 128 check under the latest safeguarding guidance and how to carry one out. Understand what the check looks for and why it's important.
  • Single central record: monitoring Use our checklist to save you time when monitoring the single central record (SCR).
  • Single central record: requirements and template Save time and stay compliant by using our single central record template and reading our summary of what must be recorded and which staff it must cover.
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  • How to organise pupil collection arrangements There are no laws on who can and can't collect pupils from school, or the age at which children can walk home alone. It’s up to you to decide how you want this to work in your school. Use our article to help you.
  • Peer-on-peer sexual abuse: how to respond UpdatedLearn how to manage reports of peer-on-peer sexual violence and harassment in your school. Use our risk assessment to help you with your next steps, and display our poster so all staff know what to do if a child makes a disclosure.
  • School lettings: safeguarding We explain who is responsible for child protection when letting school premises to third parties, including PTAs. You will also find guidance on setting expectations for safeguarding with hirers, DBS checks, and the Prevent duty.
  • The Prevent duty Save time by reading our summary of your responsibilities under the Prevent duty in just one page. Download a copy to share with your colleagues.
  • The Prevent duty: your responsibilities All schools must comply with the Prevent duty. Be clear on your responsibilities and learn how Ofsted inspects the Prevent duty.
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