Questions to ask about safeguarding

Get to grips with what you should 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.

Last reviewed on 19 January 2024See updates
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  1. Questions for the DSL to make sure effective safeguarding procedures are in place
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  3. Questions to ask if you're told there's been an incident

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

Select each question to see what to look for in your designated safeguarding lead (DSL)'s answers, and the kinds of evidence they might refer to.

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 The designated safeguarding lead (DSL) might refer to evidence such as: Answers from a pupil questionnaire or discussions with pupils on whether they

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