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Understand what Ofsted expect to see in your school's safeguarding arrangements, and what evidence they'll collect during an inspection.

Your role in the inspection of safeguarding

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).

Along with the statutory guidance, understanding what inspectors will be looking for regarding safeguarding will give you a framework for monitoring it in your school. 

Safeguarding inspection impacts your school's 'leadership and management' judgement

There's no separate graded judgement for safeguarding like there is for 'quality of education', 'behaviour and attitudes', 'personal development', and 'leadership and management'.

However, inspectors will judge whether safeguarding arrangements are 'effective'. 

However, if there are minor weaknesses in your school's arrangements that are easy to put right and don’t leave pupils either being harmed or at risk of harm, inspectors might settle on

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