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Last updated on 18 October 2018
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Read our one-page summary of your school's duties to safeguard children, and your role in overseeing your school's safeguarding arrangements. Download a copy to share with your colleagues.

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Schools and their governing boards have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This responsibility is outlined in statutory safeguarding guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE).


Your governing board must comply with its duties outlined in detail in part 2 of KCSIE, and make sure that policies and procedures in your school are effective and comply with the law at all times.

These duties include:

  • Making sure that all staff read at least part 1 of KCSIE
  • Making sure that all staff receive regularly updated and appropriate child protection training
  • Having policies and procedures in place that support safeguarding, including policies on child protection, pupil behaviour and staff behaviour
  • Making sure that pupils have the opportunity to be taught about safeguarding, including online safety
  • Making sure that an appropriate senior member of staff is appointed as the designated safeguarding lead (DSL)
  • Preventing people who pose a risk of harm to children from working with them by following safer recruitment procedures

Responsibilities of the safeguarding governor

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

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/code of conduct, and handling allegations against staff and volunteers
  • Supporting the board to develop its understanding of its safeguarding responsibilities, and report back to the board about safeguarding issues and development
  • Meeting regularly with the DSL to monitor policies and procedures, and check that all staff, governors and volunteers have had the appropriate level of 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 to the 2018 Keeping Children Safe in Education, and the actions you need to take.

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