Safeguarding collection

Sian Evans
23rd November 2018
Hand holding row of paper people to illustrate safeguarding in schools

Easy-to-read documents to support safeguarding procedures in your school

Ensuring that you are on top of safeguarding policies and procedures is an incredibly important part of any teacher's work. That's why we've hand-picked some of the very best guidance documents, handbooks and reports to help you quickly find the information you need to support young people in your care.

Designated safeguarding lead workbook

An essential workbook for the designated safeguarding lead to use and refer to in an education setting. Includes a personal training record, single central record, policy checklists and referral process flowcharts..

Practical Tips for Schools: Safeguarding - Primary

These Practical Tips for Schools are based on work which examined outstanding safeguarding practice in primary schools. This was done for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner by the NSPCC, working with Youthworks. The full report: ‘You Have Someone to Trust’. The report describes very good practice, found in a small but in many ways representative sample of England’s primary schools. The ingredients of best practice they found there were confirmed by a wide range of professionals, and by reports from Ofsted. Read this report to find out more.
By Children's Commissioner

Children's Welfare & Safeguarding in Early Years

A factsheet from NCB to support practitioners working with early years pupils.
By NationalChildrensBureau

Recording and reporting concerns about a child

This tool can be used by pupils who are being bullied, those who have witnessed it, as well as parents and carers to confidentially report concerns to identified members of staff.

Feeling Safe, Keeping Safe - Report

This report highlights the sampled schools’ overall approaches to safeguarding. We present key good practice principles alongside illustrations of schools’ structures, ethos and processes. Our short case studies illustrate how schools are listening to and involving their students, ensuring they can both benefit from and contribute to making their school a safe place. The sampled schools are also good practice models of schools’ direct engagement in support for young people and their families.
By Children's Commissioner

Briefing for schools: protecting children from abuse of position of trust

This briefing highlights safeguards that can be put in place by schools to reduce the risk of grooming such as safe recruitment and selection procedures, robust child protection polices and clear reporting and recording mechanisms if there are concerns about a member of staff.


Staff and governance

As part of a schools' safeguarding policy, there must be a written accountability framework. All staff must understand their responsibilities with regard to safeguarding and know to whom they are accountable. This forms part of standard 4 in the NSPCC & TES's safeguarding self-assessment tool (launched September 2014) which helps the school&TES's designated safeguarding lead assess current safeguarding arrangements, and identify standards that have been met, as well as areas for development.

Safeguarding Info for Children & Young People

When the Children’s Commissioner, and those in her team (OCC), meet with children and young people, we do everything possible to make sure everyone is safe. Read this report to find out more!
By Children's Commissioner

Sample child protection & safeguarding guide

A handy safeguarding pocket guide for school staff to refer if they are worried about a child.

Role of Schools: Protecting children from sexting

This briefing includes guidance on how schools can prevent and tackle problems involving sexting.

Good Practice Guidelines

These guidelines have been prepared to help schools interpret the main report (Feeling Safe, Keeping Safe) for practical application within the individual establishment. They are drawn from the key messages from the report. We hope that they will help school leaders to reflect with their colleagues on their own practice, and may assist them to improve child protection in their school.
By Children's Commissioner

You have someone to trust - Primary Schools

This study focuses on best professional practice in safeguarding and responding to child protection concerns in a selected number of primary schools. Good child protection practice in school settings is dependent on a sound overall approach to safeguarding children. The objective of this study has been to identify models of good practice as the basis for guidelines – in the form of ‘practical tips’ - and information to teachers, school leaders and other children’s professionals. Read this report to find out more.
By Children's Commissioner

Tes online safety special

This downloadable PDF contains a wealth of safeguarding information from Tes magazine's online safety special, including:

- An exclusive look into the work carried out by the Metropolitan Police's "paedophile unit", tasked with combating online sex crimes against children
- An interview with Lorin LaFave, whose 14-year-old son was groomed online and murdered
- A teacher's guide to the dark web
- What to do when pornography is brought into schools
- How pupils can help you fight online threats
- The student who transformed tech into a way to beat cyberbullying
- An approach to a classroom discussion on the ethics of pornography
By TES_Editorial

Safeguarding Policy Handbook

This is the core document of the Safeguarding Policy Handbook. It provides the Office of the Children’s Commissioner's statement of vision, mission and values; principles of ethical practice; providing a safe environment for children and young people; and outline procedure for response to concerns The information within this document applies to all staff, consultants and volunteers working for or on behalf of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.
By Children's Commissioner

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