Safeguarding in Education






Ofsted Framework For Inspection

Important click here for the Ofsted document Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years

Important - click here for the School Inspection Handbook

SAFE’s Handy Checklist for meeting Ofsted’s specific safeguarding standards

SAFE works with a wide range of educational organisations and offers Ssafeguarding Audits & Pre-inspection Services

Key Safeguarding Documents for Schools

Working Together to Safeguard Children (opens in a new window)

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 (opens in a new window)

What to do if you're worried a child is being abused (opens in a new window)



In addition to the "Are you Ofsted Compliant Table" above, all educational establishments need to evidence they have the following in place:

  • Current and comprehensive Child Safeguarding and eSafety policies, formally reviewed every year by the governing board (or equivalent) and available to all staff, volunteers, contractors  and parents on the website and  in hard copy

  • Policies with processes for  incident recording and  monitoring, working with parents & carers;   and  strategies for reviewing, monitoring  and managing:

- behaviour &  attendance,

- sanctions & rewards,

- bullying (including cyber bullying and prejudice-based bullying related to disability, sexual orientation, sex, race, religion &  belief, gender reassignment )

- harassment, discrimination, homophobia, extremism and racism

  • A curriculum which ensures children and young people  understand very clearly what constitutes unsafe situations and how to keep themselves and others safe, including eSafety

  • An annual safeguarding report to the governing body (or equivalent) highlighting safeguarding activities including training and monitoring and/or referring concerns or allegations. A review of current policies and procedures should be carried out at the same time.

  • A single central record which gives an overview of the recruitment, selection checking and vetting of all staff and volunteers including right to work in the United Kingdom.  Recruitment processes should be rigorous, clearly documented throughout and include a DBS (formerly CRB) check at the relevant level and a check against the Children’s Barred List for unsupervised posts.

  • All adults should be aware of the potential risks with Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). There is an additional resource pack available here.

  • All adults should be familiar with the PREVENT / Channel initiative
    HELPLINE - Preventing extremism in schools and children's services
    Email the helpdesk by clicking here

    Telephone 020 7340 7264
    If you are concerned about extremism in a school or organisation that works with children, or if you think a child might be at risk of extremism, contact the helpline. Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm (excluding bank holidays).

  • All adults  in educational establishments should know how to  access the 'whistleblowing' policy , the contact details of the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) and the Ofsted 'Whistle Blowing Helpline':

    Tel: 0300 123 3155 (Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 6.00pm)


    Write to :
    Piccadilly Gate
    Store Street
    Manchester M1 2WD


It is desirable that schools:

  • Ensure all visitors understand the safeguarding arrangements by including a statement on visitor badges and for longer visits. click here for SAFE’s Good Practice leaflet

  • Signpost children and young people to sources of help such as Childline. (Click here for your free posters)  and CEOP Thinkuknow education resources (Click here to register for free access)

  • Consult with children and young people about feeling safe and working with them to improve safety arrangements when necessary

  • The views of parents, including those shown by Parent View, an online questionnaire for parents click here for the Parent View Toolkit.

  • A system in place for parents to express their views at any time click here for the Parent View Poster and leaflet

  • Carry out safeguarding risk assessments for all activities particularly those which are more sensitive including involve changing, intimate care, First Aid, photography, one to one work, overnight trips

For more details of the Ofsted Framework for Inspection click here

For information on inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills click here

About SAFE

SAFE is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company focused exclusively on safeguarding. We provide a one-stop solution for everything from DBS (formerly CRB) checks, through policy creation and guidance, safeguarding management briefings and incident support, to training (both face to face and online). We have already trained thousands of staff working in schools, colleges and academies. All SAFE's courses meet the training requirements of Ofsted.


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