Q What safeguarding and child protection training do school staff need to have?


Each school must have a minimum of two Designated Safeguarding Leads who require specialist training every two years. The rest of school staff, including volunteers, must have their safeguarding skills and knowledge updated at least annually. It is therefore good practice for child protection and safeguarding training to be done at least annually. There are no longer “levels” of training in safeguarding and child protection, although some Local Safeguarding Children Boards or Local Authorities may put levels on their training. ALL staff in schools need to be able to recognise and respond to concerns about children and understand statutory guidance and the implications for their role in school. I can create bespoke training sessions for school staff, specific to the needs of the staff, children and community of your school. I also deliver DSL training on a regular basis. Please see the Training section of this website for details or contact me directly to discuss your requirements.

Q: Do the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and their back up(s) need to be teachers and on the Senior Leadership Team?


There is no requirement for DSLs to be a teacher. In fact, as the responsibilities of the role increase, it is often more beneficial for pastoral staff to undertake the role of DSL. There is a requirement that the lead DSL is a leader in school so that the status of safeguarding remains high and that they have status and authority to make decisions at leadership level. Back up or Deputy DSLs do not need to be on the SLT but need to demonstrate that they have the status and authority amongst staff, pupils, parents and other organisations. Many schools are finding that the role of DSL is too much for one or two people. In my experience, Safeguarding Teams work really well in school. There is no limit to the number of DSLs a school can have to meet the demands of the role. With this in mind, I can deliver in house DSL training or several staff members can attend my regular DSL training days at their convenience. Please see the Training section of this website for details or contact me directly to discuss your requirements.

Q: What safeguarding Statutory Guidance do schools have to adhere to?


This can vary depending on the type of school you are. However, all schools must adhere to: 

bullet pointKeeping Children Safe in Education 2016

bullet pointWorking Together to Safeguard Children 2015

bullet pointMulti Agency Statutory Guidance on Female Genital Mutilation 2016

bullet pointDisqualification under the Childcare Act 2006

bullet pointPromoting the education of looked-after and previously looked-after children 2018

Other guidance documents to be aware of are:

bullet pointThe Prevent duty: Advice for schools and childcare providers 2015

bullet pointWhat to do if you’re worried a child is being abused 2015

Guidance for safer working practice for those working with children and young people in education settings October 2015

    Statutory Guidance and legislation relating to safeguarding is constantly being updated and changed. To ensure you are compliant with all the above, why not book me in to come and do a Safeguarding Audit of your school? See the Services section of the website for details or contact me directly to discuss your requirements.