Safeguarding in Schools
It goes without saying how important Safeguarding children is within a school, and as such it is vitally important all staff members are up to date with the latest training and guidance. Below is a very brief description of safeguarding in schools, more details can be found in further articles listed below.
Policies for Safeguarding in Schools
There are two main policies covering Safeguarding within schools, these are 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' and 'Working Together to Safeguard Children', while it is unlikely all school staff will know the details of these policies it is important that all staff have a working knowledge of both and know the school's policies and procedures relating to spotting signs of abuse and handling/ referring cases to the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead. We have a short video on the latest KCSIE update here.
In order for school staff to have this working knowledge of safeguarding policies and procedures it is important that the school updates staff's training regularly to refresh staff and when there have been updates to government guidance. School staff generally need Safeguarding Awareness training, previously known as Level 2 - but this can be a confusing area with blurred lines as to which training you do actually need, for further help we've written an article on it here.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Every school has at least one Designated Safeguarding Lead, the appointed officer to handle all safeguarding issues from ensuring all staff have relevant safeguarding training to handling and escalating safeguarding issues from other members of staff. We have put together a short article of the role of a DSL here.
Need training in your school?
We have both Safeguarding Awareness and Designated Safeguarding Lead Courses in our catalogue available in Live Virtual format and our 100% Flexible Online Safeguarding Courses.
If you are unsure about any aspects of safeguarding in schools, please feel free to get in touch with us or ask your school's DSL.