Child protection concern formsAre 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' checksIs there guidance on conducting 'safe and well' checks? We relay advice on schools' responsibilities relating to home visits to check on pupils’ welfare. You will also find guidance on schools’ and LAs’ duty to conduct ‘reasonable enquiries’ into a child’s whereabouts before removing them from roll.
EYFS safeguarding and welfare checklistIs there a checklist of welfare requirements for the EYFS? We have created a checklist for schools to use to ensure they are fulfilling the safeguarding and welfare requirements for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The KeyDoc is based on the 2017 version of the statutory EYFS framework.
Gathering staff feedback on safeguarding: questionnaireIs 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 abuseTake these steps to reduce the risk of peer-on-peer abuse happening in your school. Get guidance and resources, and know where to go for extra support.
Keeping Children Safe in Education: summaryUpdatedRead our summary to find out about the main points in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020, and to know where to look for information on specific areas of safeguarding in the statutory guidance.
Online safety assembly resourcesAre there any plans available for an e-safety assembly? We link to examples of assembly plans on the topic of online safety for both primary and secondary schools. The plans cover matter such as online awareness, Safer Internet Day, and social media.
Online safety: requirements and guidanceUpdatedUnderstand 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 issuesIs there a proforma for recording general safeguarding concerns? We worked with 2 of our associate education experts to create a downloadable KeyDoc form for recording general concerns about keeping pupils safe in school. We also relay guidance on recording accidental incidents involving pupils.
Reporting safeguarding allegationsUpdatedKnow 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.
Safeguarding auditAudit your current safeguarding arrangements to make sure you're compliant. Use our template to help you.
Safeguarding notices for visitorsAre there any examples of safeguarding notices for visitors? This article highlights safeguarding notices for visitors in primary and secondary schools. These include guidance on procedures and reporting concerns. We also link to articles related to this topic.
Safeguarding: training requirementsAll staff should have safeguarding and child protection training. Find out what this should include, and how this differs for the DSL, headteachers, governors and volunteers. Use our Safeguarding Training Centre to help you save time and stay compliant.
Supervision meetings for EYFS staffEarly years providers must arrange for staff who work with children to have supervision meetings, to support them and ensure pupils are safeguarded effectively. Read this article to see what the EYFS framework says, and find out how others are putting this into practice.
Visitors: asking for identificationMust we ask visitors for photo ID? You don't have see photo ID for visitors, but it's good practice to do so. We outline guidance from LAs on identifying visitors. You will also find examples of visitor procedures from schools.
DBS checks: contractorsRead our summary of when contractors need a DBS check and whether you're responsible for carrying it out.
DBS checks: governors and trusteesSchool governors, academy members and trustees, and local governors must have enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Find out the details of the specific checks you need to make across different roles, and learn about recent changes to Section 128 checks.
DBS checks: renewalsDBS 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: who needs one?Use our downloadable summary to find out who needs a DBS check. You'll also learn 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 providersThe 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.
Regulated activity in schoolsSchools 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 checksMake 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.
Volunteers: DBS checks and supervisionVolunteers 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 whether they need an enhanced DBS check without barred list.
Changing for PE in mixed-gender groups (primary)Schools can decide on their arrangements for how or where pupils get changed. Make confident decisions by reading guidance on issues to consider, such as child protection and religious beliefs. One of our experts also sets good practice in handling objections to communal changing.
How to organise pupil collection arrangementsThere 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 respondLearn how to manage reports of peer-on-peer sexual violence and harassment in your school and use our risk assessment to help you with your next steps. Display our poster so all staff know what to do if a child makes a disclosure.
School lettings: safeguardingWe 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 dutySave 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 strategy: schools' responsibilitiesWhat are schools' responsibilities under the Prevent strategy? Schools must have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism". We relay government guidance on schools' specific responsibilities under the Prevent duty, and look at what these mean in practice.