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

All governors: safeguarding training is recommended 

As a board, you have overall responsibility for safeguarding.

Therefore, it's best if everyone on the board has had safeguarding training even though there's no specific statutory requirement to do so.

Having the training ensures all governors understand their responsibilities both individually and collectively. This is explained in paragraph 201 (page 111) of the Governance Handbook.

Safeguarding governor: Prevent training is recommended 

Someone on your board should take leadership responsibility for the school's safeguarding arrangements – this includes the Prevent duty.

It's a good idea that the governor responsible for safeguarding receives Prevent training, even though it's not required (see the last section of this article for training resources on this). Our associate education expert, Joel MacInnes, told us this.

See paragraphs 10 (page 19) and 201 (page 111) of the Governance Handbook. 

Interviewers are required to get recruitment training

Maintained schools: at least 1 of the people who conducts interviews must have completed safer recruitment training.

Academies: it isn't a requirement, but you should make sure that those involved with recruiting and employing staff to work with children have received appropriate safer recruitment training.

Ideally you should have at least 1 governor trained in safer recruitment. This will come in handy 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 is outlined in the School Staffing (England) Regulations 2009, page 47 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE), page 13 of non-statutory guidance on staffing, and advice from One Education.

Find out about the requirements for safer recruitment training

Check if you need a training refresh

There's no statutory requirement for how often governors should refresh their safeguarding training – ask your chair of governors or clerk whether you need a training refresh.

The chair: if you're unsure how often governors need to refresh their training, you can:

  • Contact your local authority (LA) for advice on local expectations (maintained schools)
  • Ask your clerk if your trust has set out any guidance on this (academies)

Where can I get training?

Speak to your chair first about what training your school offers.

Find some additional sources of training below:

Safeguarding Training Centre

Safeguarding Training Centre (STC) from The Key features various e-learning courses, including:

  • Safeguarding
  • Prevent
  • Safer recruitment

You can take these courses if your school has access to the full package. Try a demo here. Ask your headteacher or designated safeguarding lead (DSL) for more information. 

The Key: safeguarding link governor course

If you're the safeguarding link governor for your board, feel more confident in your role with our course – this is included in your school's membership of The Key for School Governors.

Government catalogue

The Home Office has a catalogue of Prevent training resources here.


Joel MacInnes is a national leader of governance. He is chair of governors of a secondary academy in London.