Ofsted - Education inspection framework (September 2019)

This framework provides information as to the areas that Ofsted inspects within a maintained schools, academies, non-association independent schools, further education and skills provision and registered early years providers in England.

Ofsted - Inspecting Safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings (September 2019)

This handbook sets out what Ofsted inspectors must consider when inspecting safeguarding. It outlines the evidence that inspectors will look for during inspections. It also sets out the judgements that inspectors will make and on which they will report.

Dfe - Keeping Children Safe In Education (September 2019)

Revised statutory guidance for all schools and colleges published 2nd September 2019 for immediate effect. Links to further guidance about specific safeguarding issues can be found in this document.

National FGM Centre, Female genital mutilation: Guidance for schools, June 2019

The purpose of this guidance is to equip professionals in education settings to respond to concerns regarding girls at risk of FGM. Within this document, you will find:

  • General information on FGM & the law 
  • FGM risk indicators
  • Requirements of the RSE guidance regarding FGM
  • How to explore concerns with children and parents/carers 
  • A resource on how to explore concerns and make referrals to children’s social care

The Children's Society, Counting lives, Responding to children who are criminally exploited, July 2019

This report highlights the current context of threats facing children and young people in relation to criminal exploitation and how, as a society, we are struggling to get to grips with this complex safeguarding issue. It analyses what is meant by child criminal exploitation; what current methods of exploitation The Children’s Society and their partners currently observe; and how responses across national and local organisations could be made more effective.

Teaching Online Safety In Schools (June 2019)

New Guidence to support schools on how to teach their children to stay safe online

Safer Recruitment Consortium, Guidance for Safer Working Practice May 2019

Safer Recuitment Consortium updated 'Guidance for Safer Wprking Practice'.  When reviewing your child protection policies and procedures we recommend that this be read in conjunction with the DfE statutory guidance Keeping children safe in education

County Lines Posters

Home Office Posters to raise awareness of County Lines

HM Government, Working together to safeguard children (2018)

This statutory multi-agency guidance replaces Working together to safeguard children (2015). The guidance applies to all organisations and agencies who have functions relating to children and covers:

• the legislative requirements placed on individual services

• a framework for the three local safeguarding partners (the local authority; a clinical commissioning group for an area, any part of which falls within the local authority; and the chief officer of police for a police area, any part of which falls within the local authority area) to make arrangements to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of local children including identifying and responding to their needs

• the framework for the two child death review partners (the local authority and any clinical commissioning group for an area, any part of which falls within the local authority) to make arrangements to review all deaths of children normally resident in the local area, and if they consider it appropriate, for those not normally resident in the area

Links to relevant supplementary guidance that practitioners should consider alongside this guidance can be found at Appendix B.

This statutory guidance should be read and followed by strategic and senior leaders and frontline practitioners of all organisations and agencies as set out in chapter 2 of this document.

This guidance focuses on the core legal requirements, making it clear what individuals, organisations and agencies must and should do to keep children safe. In doing so, it seeks to emphasise that effective safeguarding is achieved by putting children at the centre of the system and by every individual and agency playing their full part.

HM Government, Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services (July 2018)

This HM Government advice is non-statutory, and has been produced to support practitioners in the decisions they take to share information, which reduces the risk of harm to children and young people and promotes their well-being. 
This guidance has been updated to reflect the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018, and it supersedes the HM Government Information sharing: guidance for practitioners and managers published in March 2015.
This advice is for all frontline practitioners and senior managers working with children, young people, parents and carers who have to make decisions about sharing personal information on a case-by-case basis.

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