Safeguarding children information for schools

Safeguarding children information for schools

This page has been developed by the Northumberland local safeguarding children board (NSCB) and the Education & Skills Service at the council to ensure safeguarding procedures are fully understood by all professionals who come into contact with our children and young people in education settings.

Safeguarding requirements for schools

Schools, academies, alternative providers and early years education settings should all comply with statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education.

The most recent version of Keeping Children Safe in Education can be viewed and downloaded here.

The DfE's statutory guidance for inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, Working Together to Safeguard Children, can be viewed and downloaded here.

Northumberland's Safeguarding Children Board's Procedures Manual can be viewed here.

Minimum requirements
Schools are required by law to have the following safeguarding measures in place:
  • a safeguarding and child protection policy, reviewed annually, which details procedures for handling suspected cases of abuse, including procedures to be followed if an allegation is made against a member of staff;
  • a designated safeguarding lead (DSL), who is a senior member of staff and whose training is updated every two years, and a deputy DSL with the same level of training;
  • a policy outlining procedures for the safer recruitment of staff;
  • a single central record of all staff and volunteers used by the school;
  • safeguarding training every three years for all staff and volunteers working with children in schools;
  • an anti-bullying policy which prevents all forms of bullying and ensures pupils are safe to learn;
  • procedure for passing child protection records to a receiving school;
  • awareness of statutory requirements regarding forced marriage, extremism, female genital mutilation, child sexual exploitation, peer on peer abuse, domestic abuse and sexual violence;
  • arrangements for pupils on work experience placements.
In addition to the above national legal requirements, in Northumberland we strongly recommend schools have a designated person for e-safety and an e-safety policy. Guidance on good practice in this area is published in Ofsted’s inspecting e-safety briefing for inspectors.

All schools are automatically partners in their local safeguarding children’s board and are required to follow the relevant local authority’s procedures. Northumberland LSCB also offers advice, information and guidance to schools.

Advice from the education & skills service and LSCB

Documents which education settings might find useful to meet required safeguarding standards.

Safe to Learn newsletter
The Education & Skills Service publishes a newsletter for Designated Safeguarding Leads every half term.  The newsletter captures updates, news and information about safeguarding children and can be used as a half termly briefing for staff.
Documents available to download and print
What to do if you are worried about a child
If you have concerns about a child then you should follow Northumberland's safeguarding children board's procedures which you can find here.

Key local messages - from the NSCB

Information for professionals working with children, including the school workforce.

Follow this link to the NSCB Safeguarding Children Information for Professionals webpage where you will find current information and guidance on a range of themes including:

  • child sexual exploitation
  • domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • neglect
  • serious case reviews
  • thresholds of need
  • early help