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)
- Those that were subsequently referred to your local authority (LA)
- Brief details on the resolution(s)
This is set out in paragraph 97 of the School Inspection Handbook.
For a small number of these pupils, inspectors will check how the referral was made and the thoroughness of the follow-up (see paragraph 285 of the inspection handbook, linked above).
To show Ofsted your safeguarding arrangements are effective, you’ll need to:
- Retain a record of safeguarding referrals
- Demonstrate that you’ve promptly taken any agreed action following the referral, in order to protect the pupil from further harm
An Ofsted representative answered the following questions for us: