How to present safeguarding referrals to Ofsted

Ofsted will ask to see a list of safeguarding referrals made to your DSL. Get expert advice on presenting this information, and see examples of forms other schools use to record referrals.

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  1. What Ofsted will ask and look for
  2. Top tips for presenting referral information
  3. Examples of forms for recording referrals

What Ofsted will ask and look for

By 8am on the day of inspection, you must give inspectors secure access to:

  • A list of referrals made to your designated safeguarding lead (DSL), including:
    • Those that were subsequently referred to your local authority (LA)
    • Brief details on the resolution(s) 
  • Any referrals made to the local authority designated officer regarding staff or other adults

This is set out in paragraph 107 of the School Inspection Handbook (2023)

For a small number of these pupils, inspectors will check how the referral was made and the thoroughness of the follow-up (see paragraph 306 of the inspection handbook, linked above). 

To show Ofsted your safeguarding arrangements are effective, you’ll need to: 

This is explained in this guidance about how Ofsted inspects safeguarding. Read our guide to find out

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