Safeguarding in Education

The Government provides guidance for schools and colleges on Keeping Children Safe in Education. It should be read alongside statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018, and departmental advice What to do if you are worried a child is being abused - Advice for Practitioners.


Keeping Children Safe in Education - Update

The Government has published an update to Keeping Children Safe in Education, which will come in to force on 3 September 2018. The document is currently 'For Information Only', and schools should continue to refer to Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016. The guidance can be viewed here

The NSPCC have also produced a briefing on the key updates which can be viewed here

Suffolk County Council will be reviewing the Model Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy in the coming weeks and will publish a revised version in readiness for 3 September 2018. Schools and Colleges must continue to have regard to KCSiE 2016 until September. A table of the substantive changes can be found at Annex H of the revised guidance.

In the meantime, please see this Summary of Main Changes to KCSIE


Ofsted Guidance on Safeguarding

The Government has provided a checklist for schools on what to look for with regards to Safeguarding during an Ofsted inspection.


Guidance for schools on maintaining and transferring pupil safeguarding/child protection records

This guidance Maintaining and Transferring Pupil Records replaces the previous document ‘Managing Shared Information: Guidance for schools and education settings on Child Protection (CP) and Children in Need (CiN)/pupil file structures and managing file movement’. The revised guidance sets out the legal framework and good practice guidance for the maintenance, retention and transfer of pupil child protection records between schools.  Any copies of the previous guidance should be discarded.


Children Missing from Education

The Department for Education describes a young runaway as ‘a child or young person up to the age of 18 who has run away from their home or care placement, or feels they have been forced to leave, or whose whereabouts is unknown’.


Schools Safeguarding Training

Suffolk LSCB has tried not to be overly prescriptive about how often schools deliver training courses. It is important that all new members of staff receive at least 2 hours Introduction to Safeguarding training and have a good understanding of basic safeguarding. Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) Sept 2016 recommends that staff are updated ‘at least annually’.

Section 13 states - All staff members should receive appropriate safeguarding and child protection training which is regularly updated. In addition, all staff members should receive safeguarding and child protection updates (for example, via email, e-bulletins and staff meetings), as required, but at least annually, to provide them with relevant skills and knowledge to safeguard children effectively.

The LSCB recommends that schools give regular (at least annually, in line with KCSIE) updates for staff on recent safeguarding issues and agendas. Once this has been delivered, staff training records are updated and evaluations kept as evidence. These would sit alongside the basic training records to form a complete safeguarding training portfolio for each member of staff.


Schools Choice is the LSCB endorsed provider of Safeguarding training in Schools. 

They can be contacted at:


Model Safeguarding Policy

Suffolk Education and Learning colleagues have model policy for schools to develop into their own schools safeguarding policy - Model Safeguarding Policy for Schools.


What level of training do I need?

If you are unsure of what level of training you require, the information below may help you:




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