Guidance for use
This model policy has been designed to be adapted by Head Teachers and Governing Bodies to reflect the ethos of their own school or education setting. It remains the responsibility of the school and their governing body to ensure the policy is compliant with the statutory requirements and guidance which governs Educational Establishments. It is essential that all aspects of this policy are reviewed to ensure that there is parity between the written policy and practice of the educational establishment.
This model policy will be reviewed regularly and updated annually. However, if Statutory Guidance changes, the policy will be updated and re-circulated accordingly. This does not take away the responsibility of the organisation to ensure there is an effective safeguarding policy in place which meets the requirement of the statutory guidance in place at that time.
The School must review and update the safeguarding policy annually and make the policy available publicly via the school or college website or by other means.
In drawing up the safeguarding policy schools will need to consider the range of people who will refer to the policy – teaching staff, support & lunch staff, parent helpers, volunteers, supply staff etc. as well as young people in the setting. Schools will also need to consider such issues as:
- How will a visiting teacher / agency / supply member of staff be made aware of the information contained within your safeguarding policy and their responsibility to comply?
- How the policy will be shared with other organisations commissioned to provide a service in your school?
- Who will inform a volunteer from the local community about issues like confidentiality or how to raise concerns about practice in the school?
It may be useful to produce a brief “welcome sheet” for visitors to the school, including a summary of the child protection policy, the name of the Designated Safeguarding Leads etc.
Links with other Policies
This safeguarding policy has obvious links with the wider safeguarding agenda: when agreeing or reviewing the policy, links should be made with other relevant guidelines and procedures such as (but not limited to):
- Safe Recruitment
- Code of Conduct
- Visitor / External speakers
- Children missing Education
- Physcial Restraint
- Social Networking
- Health And Safety
In drawing up the policy schools should refer to the procedures of Luton Safeguarding Children Board at http://bedfordscb.proceduresonline.com/index.htm
It is essential that the school safeguarding policy should describe the procedures which are in accordance with the locally agreed interagency procedures published by the LSCB.