Safeguarding training for governors: guidance

Governors should have regular safeguarding training. Find out what the recommendations and requirements are for various types of safeguarding training, so you can help keep pupils safe.

Last reviewed on 31 October 2022
See updates
School types: All · School phases: All
Ref: 3968
  1. All governors should receive safeguarding training
  2. Safeguarding governor: Prevent training is recommended 
  3. Interviewers are required to get recruitment training
  4. Refresh safeguarding training regularly
  5. Use our on demand online training 

All governors should receive safeguarding training

As a board, you have overall responsibility for safeguarding.

Governing boards and school proprietors should make sure all governors receive appropriate safeguarding and child protection training at the point of induction. Such training should provide governors with the knowledge they need to:

  • Provide sufficient challenge
  • Assure themselves that policies and procedures are effective
  • Ensure there's a whole-school approach to safeguarding in place

In addition to safeguarding and child protection training, governors should also be aware of their:

Having the training ensures all governors understand their responsibilities both individually and collectively. This is explained in pages 23 to 24 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) and page 111 of the Governance Handbook.

A member of your board should take leadership responsibility