Child Protection and the Family Court (Bloomsbury) – Book Review


Child Protection and the Family Courts: What you Need to Know, Andrew McFarlane, Madeleine Riordan and Alexander Lang (Pub: Bloomsbury Professional Family Law) Buy on Amazon

Reviewed by Andrew Hall, specialist safeguarding consultant.

Working with vulnerable children brings Designated Safeguarding …

Child-friendly Safeguarding Policies

Safeguarding policies are often long and, sometimes, complex to read. Although staff in schools have a lot to understand in safeguarding and child-protection, children themselves need clear and simple messages. Here are some child-friendly safeguarding policies to see what other …

FREE Safeguarding Posters

Raising awareness of safeguarding across the school is an important first step in the keeping children safe. It is important that everyone in the school knows how to raise a concern, whether they are an adult or a child. Making …

Safeguarding pupils placed at Alternative Providers


It’s often thought that pupil referral units (PRUs) and alternative providers (APs) offer a poor quality experience of education for vulnerable children, but in fact, it is better than that. Ofsted data shows that of their inspections in 2018/19, 88% …

Safer Recruitment, Sex Offenders and Name Changes

Recently the TES and a number of other daily newspapers ran a story about how teachers who are convicted of sexual offences against children are able to change their name and return to work in schools. Prompted by an email …

What does Ofsted say about Disclosure and Barring (DBS) Checks

This article was updated on 27/09/2019.

One aspect of an Ofsted inspection covers how well the school prevents unsuitable adults working with children and young people. To do this Ofsted will look at the implementation of Safer Recruitment procedures, ensure …

Do volunteers in school need an Enhanced DBS check?

Keeping Children Safe in Education is statutory guidance from the Department for Education issued under Section 175 of the Education Act 2002, the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, and the Non-Maintained Special Schools (England) Regulations 2015. The guidance should …

Teaching online safety in school (DfE, June 2019)

The government has published a new guidance document ‘Teaching online safety in school (DfE, June 2019). It outlines to schools the importance of helping children and young people not only use the internet safely, but also give them opportunities to …

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019

In June 2019, the government published the latest draft of the statutory guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education, to come into force in September 2019. This update is simply to ensure that the guidance is consistent with other areas of …