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, 2019)
Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE, 2019) 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 safeguarding audit
has been updated for schools to use this year if they want to - there is no requirement to complete this and it is for internal use only.