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Page last updated: 04/05/2021

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone's responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. School staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children to prevent concerns from escalating. All school and college staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn.  
 
Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE, 2020)​
 
Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE, 2020) identifies schools and colleges as being an important part of the wider safeguarding system for children, their staff being in a position to identify concerns early, provide help for children, and prevent concerns from escalating. The information on these safeguarding pages is provided to support the work of schools, to keep them updated on key issues and requirements and to support with training needs to ensure they are equipped to meet the demanded of this challenging work and engage effectively with other partners to keep children in Essex safe.

 
The Education Safeguarding Team consists of:
  • Jo Barclay, Head of Education Safeguarding and Wellbeing
  • Matthew Lewis, Education Safeguarding Adviser
  • Hayley Speed, Education Safeguarding Officer / MARAC
For safeguarding queries, please email schoolscommunication@essex.gov.uk​
 

Notice Board

  • Understanding and Supporting Behaviour - Safe Practice for Schools - Spring 2021

  • Understanding and Supporting Behaviour - Safe Practice for Schools - Appendices​ - Spring 2021

  • The safeguarding forums this term will be online events. They will be held on ​Monday 22 March 2021 (2pm to 4pm) and Thursday 25 March 2021 (9am to 11am). These sessions are offered to Essex Designated Leads or Deputy Designated Leads only and the application form can be accessed here

  • the safeguarding audit has been updated for the 2020-21 academic year.  This is a useful tool for schools to complete, ideally with the safeguarding governor to check their safeguarding arrangments. It can also be used to report to the governing body on safeguarding. Please note, this is for internal use only this academic year and there is no requirement to submit it elsewhere

Current Key Documents

Contact Details for Designated Leads (DL) and Deputy Desiganted Leads (DDL)

Please help us to maintain an accurate list of all safeguarding leads by informing hayley.speed@essex.gov.uk of any changes – the following information should be provided:

  • Name of Headteacher and email address
  • Name of DL (if not the Headteacher) and email address
  • Name of DDL (who will receive MARAC notifications along with the DL) and email address
  • Any additional DDLs and their email addresses

We are now sharing the safeguarding briefings with all DLs and DDLs held on our system – they are responsible for sharing with wider staff groups within their own setting​​.