Governing bodies have a strategic leadership responsibility for their school's safeguarding arrangements and must ensure that they comply with their duties under legislation. Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE, 2020) sets out that an individual on the governing body should take strategic leadership responsibility for the organisation's wider safeguarding arrangements. It is important that this governor or academy trustee receives appropriate safeguarding training to undertake this role. However, it is best practice if everyone on the board has training about safeguarding, to make sure they have the knowledge and information needed to perform their functions, understand their responsibilities and assure themselves that their own organisation's safeguarding arrangements are robust.
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.