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Last updated on 4 October 2019
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Read our 1-page summary of your board's role in keeping children safe in your school, and the duties of your safeguarding governor. Download a copy to share with your colleagues.

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Your governing board and school have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, according to the statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE).

You must comply with your duties outlined in part 2 of KCSIE, and make sure that policies and procedures in your school are effective and comply with the law.

This means you should:

  • Make sure that all staff read at least part 1 of KCSIE
  • Make sure that all staff receive regularly updated safeguarding and child protection training
  • Have policies and procedures in place that support safeguarding, including policies on child protection, pupil behaviour and staff behaviour
  • Make sure that pupils are taught about safeguarding, including online safety
  • Make sure that an appropriate senior staff member is appointed as the designated safeguarding lead (DSL)

You're also required to follow safer recruitment procedures to prevent people who pose a risk of harm to children from working with them. This includes section 128 checks on governors in maintained schools, and trustees and local governors in academies. 

Responsibilities of the safeguarding governor

Your governing board should appoint a senior board level (or equivalent) lead to take leadership responsibility for your school's safeguarding arrangements.

This person must be a governor or trustee. Associate members can't take on safeguarding responsibilities.

Responsibilities of your senior board level lead include:

  • Keeping up to date with statutory guidance and any advice issued by your safeguarding partners/local safeguarding children board
  • Making sure you have suitable and up-to-date policies for child protection, staff behaviour, and handling allegations against staff and volunteers
  • Supporting the board to develop its understanding of its safeguarding responsibilities, and reporting back to the board about safeguarding issues and development
  • Meeting regularly with the DSL to monitor your school's policies and procedures, and checking that all staff, governors and volunteers have had appropriate training
  • Monitoring the single central record with the DSL to make sure your school carries out appropriate recruitment checks

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The information in this QuickRead was taken from Keeping Children Safe in Education, published by the Department for Education

Read further guidance on changes in the 2019 Keeping Children Safe in Education, and the actions you need to take.

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