As all governors and trustees will be aware, keeping children safe in our schools is of the utmost importance, and the Ofsted inspection framework recognises this.
The Governance Team has developed a set of documents for governing boards to use in order to ensure that they are properly fulfilling their strategic role in safeguarding. The governor/trustee role is one of policy and practice, data collection and interpretation and consideration of patterns and trends. This should be followed up by a strategic response to the trends identified, ensuring that staff are properly trained and deployed appropriately at all times; and that they are robustly and systematically fulfilling the duty of the school to keep children safe in line with the school’s safeguarding policies and the Keeping Children Safe in Education Statutory Guidance.
All governors and trustees should read the statutory guidance 'Keeping Children Safe in Education'; all school and college staff should read at least Part One of the guidance.
We have a range of resources to support boards including:
- Model terms of reference for the safeguarding lead governor and safeguarding deputy governor
- A blank data collection sheet for the lead and deputy governors to use when they meet with Designated Safeguarding Leads in school on a termly basis
- A data collection sheet with key example questions written in against each area of safeguarding to ensure that the safeguarding lead governors/trustees and the full governing board are interrogating the school’s safeguarding data appropriately and ensuring that the appropriate actions for the school are noted and monitored
- Template Single Central Record (SCR), guidance and model SCR
- Two model policies for the acceptable use of technology; one for pupils and one for staff, (available below)
- Model policy for safeguarding/child protection.
In order to view the subscriber documents and download the resources you will need to visit the governance microsite. Please contact your clerk, or the Governance Consultancy Team, for the link.