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Safeguarding: role of the link governor
You should have a senior board level lead to take leadership responsibility for safeguarding arrangements. Read guidance on the role of a link governor for safeguarding, including which staff member it can be, and find links to resources to support governors in the role.
- The link governor's role
- Templates to help you monitor safeguarding arrangements
- Safeguarding policies
- Safeguarding Training Centre from The Key
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In this article we use the term safeguarding governor. Some schools and local authorities (LAs) refer to safeguarding governors and some to child protection governors, but the role is the same.
Schools should have a senior board level (or equivalent) lead who takes leadership responsibility for safeguarding. This must be a member of the governing board or trust board.
In multi-academy trusts, someone on the trust board must have responsibility for safeguarding. Trusts can also have safeguarding link governors on individual local governing boards.
This person can be any category of governor/trustee, including a member of staff. However the individual must be separate from the designated safeguarding lead (DSL), in order to ensure there is sufficient challenge to the organisation's safeguarding arrangements and performance.
The link governor's role
Use our role description to help you understand the roles and responsibilities of an effective safeguarding link governor.
Do not deal with operational issues
Remember, you should take a strategic approach to monitoring your school's safeguarding arrangements.
You would not be expected to deal with specific safeguarding incidents and allegations against staff. The headteacher leads if allegations are made against staff. The chair will take the lead if allegations are made against the headteacher. They should immediately discuss these allegations with the local authority designated officer (LADO). This is explained in paragraph 194 of Keeping Children Safe in Education.
Governors should have an overview of the number of safeguarding cases and be confident that systems and processes are working, but you should not know the details of individual incidents. Senior leaders will provide you with this information through regular safeguarding reports.
Raise concerns about staff with the headteacher or chair of governors
You should raise any concerns you have about staff with the chair of governors or the headteacher. If the issue is not being dealt with seriously enough, contact the LADO about your concerns.
Templates to help you monitor safeguarding arrangements
Use our checklist and audit to ensure that your school has effective safeguarding policies and procedures in place
All schools are required to have a child protection policy (often referred to as a safeguarding policy). Understand what a child protection policy should include with our checklist and model policy.
Safeguarding Training Centre from The Key
Safeguarding governors should make sure that all staff have had the appropriate level of safeguarding training and that this is regularly updated.
The Key's Safeguarding Training Centre includes:
- A downloadable INSET day safeguarding pack
- A knowledge bank of factsheets explaining specific safeguarding issues, with separate factsheets for DSLs and staff
- Training materials on how to conduct effective safeguarding training
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