It’s a job that no one really wants, but it’s so rewarding

Being a designated safeguarding lead will keep you awake at night and drive you to tears. However, the work that you do will help to keep children safe

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I once heard a colleague describe the job of being a safeguarding lead as akin to repeatedly smashing your head into a brick wall. Sadly, I think the job can often be even worse than that; it can feel more like watching helplessly while vulnerable children repeatedly have their heads smashed against brick walls.

Being a senior designated person is not a role that many teachers aspire to. Working closely with the most vulnerable and damaged children in the school, their families and the myriad agencies that frequently cannot do anything to improve these children’s lives is rarely a job you ...

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