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1. Safeguarding remains an integral part of the Ofsted inspection process. The impact of safeguarding arrangements will be tested under the judgement on behaviour and safety.

2. The governing body is accountable for ensuring that the school has effective policies and procedures in place – and that it monitors the school’s compliance with the agreed policies and procedures.

3. It is the responsibility of the governing body to ensure that the safer recruitment checks are carried out in line with statutory requirements.

4. All those who employ people to work in schools must carry out specified recruitment and vetting checks on new appointees.

  • Identity and qualification checks
  • CRB checks
  • Barred checks made
  • Date on which they were made
  • Identity of those making the check or entering details on the record

5. SCR must record the records of recruitment checks. There is no prescribed format or layout. It must include:

  • Nature of checks made
  • Date on which they were made
  • identity of those making the check or entering details on the record

6. In the leadership and management section of the Ofsted schedule it is expected that leaders and managers can demonstrate that they meet all the regulations and duties for the safeguarding judgement. The SCR will be inspected early in the inspection with the expectation that it is complete and meets statutory requirements.

7. Safeguarding is everybody’s business (Lord Laming 2009). It is critical that all staff are appropriately and regularly trained so that they explicitly understand their responsibilities and are confident in carrying them out.

8. All school staff should be particularly sensitive to signs which may indicate safeguarding concerns:
e.g.poor or irregular attendance; children missing from education.

9. Governors who regularly work with pupils must have an enhanced CRB check (if appointed after April 2002). This could change under the proposed provisions of the Protection of Freedom Bill.

10. Safeguarding is about possible abuse and neglect of pupils and the steps taken to refer concerns about missing pupils.

This includes prompt systems for referral, dealing effectively with persistent absence, notifying the LA when pupils are removed from the school roll.

11. The following issues all pertain to safeguarding in school:

  • Pupils’ health and safety
  • Bullying
  • Racist abuse
  • Harassment and discrimination
  • Use of physical intervention
  • Meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions
  • Providing first aid
  • Drug and substance issue
  • Educational visits
  • Intimate care
  • Internet safety
  • Issues which may be specific to a local area or population
  • Appropriate arrangements to ensure school security, taking into account the local context.

12. Safeguarding is about accurate and clear record keeping which is shared internally an with other agencies as needed.

This means attendance at inter-agency meetings, Child Protection conferences and a commitment to collaborative working with other professionals.