Management of Safeguarding
Governing bodies and proprietors should ensure that:
- the school or college contributes to inter-agency working in line with statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children, including the provision of a co-ordinated offer of early help;
- safeguarding arrangements take into account the procedures and practice of the local authority (LA) as part of the inter-agency safeguarding procedures set up by the LSCB;
- a member of the governing body, usually the Chair, is nominated to liaise with the LA and/or partner agencies on issues of child protection and in the event of allegations of abuse made against the headteacher/principal or proprietor;
- there is a an effective child protection policy in place together with a staff behaviour policy (code of conduct) – headteachers/principals should ensure that these are followed by staff; and
- they appoint a member of the school or college’s leadership team to the role of designated safeguarding lead – this should be explicit in the role-holder’s job description.
Governing bodies and proprietors should also consider how children may be taught about safeguarding.
The Department of Education has issued a new Statory Guidance and advice realting to safeguarding and information sharing as follows:
New Statutory Guidance
Working together to safeguard children (2015)
Keeping Children Safe in Education (2015)
(This replaces Keeping Children Safe in Education 2014)
New non-statutory advice
What to do if you're worried a child is being abused: advice for practitioners (2015)
(This advice replaces the previous version of What to do if you're worried a child is being abused, published in 2006, and complements Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) statutory guidance).
Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services (2015)
(This guidance supersedes the HM Government Information sharing: guidance for practitioners and managers published in March 2008).