TES and NSPCC Safeguarding

The NSPCC’s Safeguarding in Education Self-Assessment Tool will help schools in England to identify areas for improvement and anything that needs to be changed in the way they protect children.

The new web-based tool aims to reassure schools that they have the correct safeguarding procedures in place.

It should be completed by the designated safeguarding lead and features useful checklists, advice and training materials to support schools in improving their child safety policies.

The resource, which has been designed to cover the new statutory requirements of safeguarding in education outlined by Ofsted in April 2014, delves into everyday issues that teachers might need advice on, including internet safety, a code of conduct for staff and how to listen to pupils.

For more information or to access the Safeguarding in Education Self-Assessment Tool, please visit www.nspcc.org.uk/esat

Resources from the self-assessment tool

Child protection policy
Follow statutory guidance and best practice with a written child protection policy for your school.

Pupil well-being
The school ethos should encourage students to talk and feel listened to.

Multi agency working
Schools should effectively contribute to local child protection inter-agency processes.

Staff and governance
A schools’ safeguarding policy must include an accountability framework.

More resources from NSPCC

Designated safeguarding lead checklist
This checklist covers the essential safeguarding responsibilities of the DSP and highlights what procedures schools and colleges should have in place.

Recording concerns about a child
Pupils, parents and carers can use this tool to confidentially report concerns about a child to identified members of staff.

Safeguarding resource collection
Good practice, guidance and checklists for DSP and school staff from NSPCC and other child protection agencies and charities.

TES Forums

Child Protection: The questions, NOT the answers
TES adviser Theo Griff provides some questions on safeguarding that may arise during job interviews.

Facebook settings
Have a look at this scenario, where a teacher’s conduct on social media has landed them in trouble with their senior leadership team.

Incontinence and safeguarding
A discussion on how teaching assistants can respond if asked to deal with an incontinent child.

TES News

Sometimes you just want to cry…
Teachers often find themselves fulfilling the role of social workers. But stepping in can take a huge emotional toll, Adi Bloom finds, especially when solutions are thin on the ground.

Teachers are the front line
Two-thirds of teachers have reported safeguarding issues within the past 12 months, according to an exclusive poll by TES and children’s charity the NSPCC.