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:
- Obligations under the Human Rights Act 1998
- Obligations under the Equality Act 2010 (including the Public Sector Equality Duty, or PSED)
- Local multi-agency safeguarding arrangements
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