Staff living on the school site

Find practical advice on handling safeguarding and contract issues when you have staff living on your school site. Download our template risk assessment to manage safeguarding and stay Ofsted-compliant, also our checklist so you know who is responsible for what.

Last reviewed on 29 February 2024
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  1. Assess the risk of adults living on-site
  2. Be clear on what type of contract is involved
  3. Make sure you know who is responsible for what
  4. Boarding schools have different requirements

We’ve written this article with advice from our associate education experts, Jo Marchant and Steve Ward, and in consultation with Forbes Solicitors.

Assess the risk of adults living on-site

Ofsted will consider how you’ve managed the safeguarding risk of any adults living on your school premises, as set out in the School Inspection Handbook (paragraph 87). 

You should be able to demonstrate that you have fully assessed any risks to children, including:

  • In your safeguarding checks of all residents
  • Access between residential accommodation and the rest of your school premises 
  • Your consideration of any visitors that will access the residential accommodation

Consider these risks using our template risk assessment. We’ve included more details on how to manage the different areas in the next section.

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You may need to consider whether a staff member living on your

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