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Safeguarding training for governors: guidance
- 1 Safeguarding training is recommended
- 2 Prevent training is recommended
- 3 Safer recruitment training is required
- 4 Updating training
Safeguarding training is recommended
There is no statutory requirement for you to attend any specific safeguarding training, but it is helpful if everyone on the board has training about safeguarding to ensure they understand their responsibilities and can carry out their functions.
This is explained in paragraph 157 of the Governance Handbook.
Ofsted may have concerns if your board hasn't had any safeguarding training. This was explained to us by a Department for Education (DfE) representative.
Inspectors will want to see evidence that:
- Staff, leaders, governors and supervisory bodies (where appropriate) and volunteers receive appropriate training on safeguarding at induction, that is updated regularly
- They demonstrate knowledge of their responsibilities relating to the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults
This is set out in section 5.3 of Ofsted's guidance on inspecting safeguarding.
Understand how safeguarding is inspected in another article.
Prevent training is recommended
You are not required to have specific Prevent training. However, Joel MacInnes, an associate education expert, recommended that at least the governor responsible for safeguarding should have the training.
Some safeguarding courses may already include sections on Prevent.
The Home Office has produced a catalogue of training courses and resources on Prevent, which explains the target audience for each course.
Get to grips with your role in Prevent with another article.
Safer recruitment training is required
At least one of the persons who conducts an interview in maintained schools must have completed safer recruitment training. This may or may not be a governor. This is set out in the School Staffing (England) Regulations 2009, as amended by the School Staffing (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014.
This training should cover, as a minimum, the contents of Keeping Children Safe in Education.
Read more on the requirements for safer recruitment training in a further article.
There is no statutory requirement for how often you should refresh your safeguarding training.
You should contact your own LSCB for advice on local expectations, as these may vary.
For example, Wokingham Borough Council recommends that governors refresh their training every 3 years. You can find this set out on page 9 of its model safeguarding policy.
Joel MacInnes is a national leader of governance. He is chair of governors of a secondary academy in London.
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