Last reviewed on 20 July 2021
School types: All · School phases: All
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Know what to ask your designated safeguarding lead (DSL) and what to look for in their answers so you can make sure your school's safeguarding provisions are working well. Plus, see questions you can use to respond to incidents.

Questions for the DSL to make sure effective safeguarding procedures are in place

Do pupils feel protected and safe? How do you know?

What to look for in an answer:

  • That people know how to complain, and understand the process for doing so
  • Pupils report that adults listen to them and take their concerns seriously
  • Where children are at risk, a trusted adult helps to keep them safe
  • (In primary schools and nurseries) A key person system helps babies and very young children to form strong attachments with adults

Answers from a pupil questionnaire or discussions with pupils on whether they feel safe at school and know who to go to if they want to complain Answers from a pupil questionnaire or discussions with pupils on who they can go to if they do not feel safe Signage around the school that helps pupils understand who to speak