Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children and Young People in Education

 REVISED This guidance was revised in 2019 by the Safer Recruitment Consortium. For more information, go to Safer Working Practices 2019 

This guidance was published in 2009 by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and offers excellent advice to staff and school leaders. The document offers practical steps and reminds adults that they are responsible for their actions and for ensuring that staff teams support each other in maintaining high-quality safeguarding across their organisation. It is well-worth ensuring that all staff can access this information and new staff ought to be given a copy for their own reference.

The document has now been archived, but can be downloaded at the link below. The ‘Safer Working Practice' guidance covers the following areas:

  • Propriety and Behaviour
  • Dress and Appearance
  • Personal Living Space
  • Gifts, Rewards and Favouritism
  • Infatuations
  • Communication with Children and Young People (including Use of Technology)
  • Social Contact
  • Sexual Contact
  • Physical Contact
  • Other Activities that Require Physical Contact
  • Behaviour Management
  • Use of Physical Intervention
  • Children and Young People in Distress
  • Intimate Care
  • Personal Care
  • First Aid and Administration of Medication
  • One to One Situations
  • Home Visits
  • Transporting Children and Young People
  • Trips and Outings
  • Photography and Video
  • Access to Inappropriate Images and Internet Usage
  • Whistle Blowing


Guidance for safer working practice for adults who work with children and young people 2019

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