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Safeguarding training for governors: guidance
Governors should have regular safeguarding training. Learn the requirements for various types of safeguarding training and what evidence of training Ofsted will expect to see.
- Safeguarding training is recommended for everyone
- Safer recruitment training is required for interviewers
- Prevent training is recommended for the governor responsible for safeguarding
- Refresh your training as required
Safeguarding training is recommended for everyone
As a board, you have overall responsibility for safeguarding. With that in mind, it's probably best if everyone on the board has had safeguarding training even though there's no statutory requirement for you to attend any specific kind.
Having the training ensures all governors understand their responsibilities both individually and collectively. This is explained in paragraph 168 of the Governance Handbook.
Ofsted expects it
Another reason to attend safeguarding training: Ofsted may have concerns about your board if you haven't.
Inspectors will want to see evidence that staff, leaders, governors, supervisory bodies (where appropriate) and volunteers:
- Receive appropriate training on safeguarding at induction, and that it's updated regularly
- Receive information (for example, via emails, e-bulletins and newsletters) on safeguarding and child protection at least annually
- Demonstrate knowledge of their responsibilities relating to the protection of children, learners and vulnerable adults
This is set out in section 5.3 of Ofsted's guidance on inspecting safeguarding.
We have a safeguarding e-learning course on Safeguarding Training Centre from The Key, which you can take this if your school has access to the full package. Try a demo here. Ask your headteacher or designated safeguarding lead (DSL) for more information.
Safer recruitment training is required for interviewers
At least one of the people who conducts interviews in maintained schools must have completed safer recruitment training.
You can find this requirement in the School Staffing (England) Regulations 2009, as amended by the School Staffing (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014.
This may have to be a governor where:
- The board needs to recruit a new headteacher
- A trained member of the selection panel is unable to attend an interview, so a governor needs to step in
This training should cover, at a minimum, the contents of Keeping Children Safe in Education.
Read more on the requirements for safer recruitment training in a further article.
We have a safer recruitment e-learning course on Safeguarding Training Centre from The Key, which you can take if your school has access to the full package. Try a demo here. Ask your headteacher or designated safeguarding lead for more information.
Prevent training is recommended for the governor responsible for safeguarding
You aren't required to have specific Prevent training. However, Joel MacInnes, our 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, and the Home Office has a catalogue of training resources on Prevent here.
We have a 30-minute Prevent e-learning course on Safeguarding Training Centre, which you can also take if your school has access to the full package. Try a demo here. Ask your headteacher or designated safeguarding lead for more information.
Get to grips with your role in Prevent with another article.
Refresh your training as required
There's no statutory requirement for how often you should refresh your safeguarding training, but you should contact your local authority 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 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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