Ofsted Updates Inspection Framework for Safeguarding in Schools

In September 2014 Ofsted published a briefing to support schools Inspectors in reviewing the safeguarding arrangements in schools.  The briefing emphasises that safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm but it also relevant to wider aspects of school life, including:

  • pupils' health and safety
  • the use of reasonable force
  • meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions
  • providing first aid
  • educational visits
  • intimate care
  • internet or e-safety
  • arrangements to ensure school security, taking into account the local context.

The briefing also highlights the importance of leadership and management, inter-agency working and the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead" + (DSL).  Inspectors will be looking closely at the recording and management of safeguarding concerns and whether a culture of safeguarding" + exists within a school.  Vetting checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and the maintenance of a Single Central Record of these" + checks will also be scrutinised by Inspectors. See the full briefing here.

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