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Inspection and revisions to safeguarding guidance

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Sean Harford

As we come towards the end of the autumn term it is worth reflecting on the revisions to the government’s Keeping children safe in education guidance that were made this September. Obviously, Ofsted inspectors must take these into account when inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings.

Every setting should have an effective child protection policy and a staff behaviour policy. This is sometimes called the code of conduct and should include, among other things:

  • acceptable use of technologies
  • staff/pupil relationships and communications
  • the use of social media

We would expect everyone to be aware of the safeguarding procedures within their school or college and that these have been explained to them as part of their induction.

This should include being aware of the:

  • child protection policy
  • staff behaviour policy (sometimes called a code of conduct)
  • role of the designated safeguarding lead

Governing bodies and proprietors should also ensure that appropriate policies and procedures are in place so that timely, appropriate action can be taken to safeguard and promote children’s welfare.

I know you will all agree that safeguarding should be the number one priority for all providers of education and that the government directives in this area seek to ensure that we can all have confidence that children are safe, wherever they are learning.


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  1. Comment by Peter Silverton posted on

    why do we need a picture (nice picture, though it is) at the top of the page - if we accept a hierarchy which puts the most important thing first, then this would seem to indicate that sean harford's face (nice, though it is - and beardy, too) is more important than what he has to say . . .

  2. Comment by Ofsted external relations posted on

    We don't mean to imply that the image is more important than the text. It's considered best practice to have a picture at the top of the blog. Generally we feature whoever the author is first and then may have another image further down in the blog.