What are Ofsted looking for in a safeguarding policy?

What are Ofsted looking for in a safeguarding policy?

In the latest video in our EduCare Voices series on YouTube, the CEO of an Academy Trust, a Headteacher, and a Safeguarding Training Consultant are among the experts discussing how to create effective and meaningful safeguarding policies.

Advice on creating a safeguarding policy

The video covers advice on:

  • Making sure your policies reflect the latest statutory guidance - such as Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2018
  • Keeping policies brief and easy to read
  • Ensuring a safeguarding policy is unique to the school it is written for
  • Ensuring a safeguarding policy links to your other policies
  • Why you should revisit and regularly check the content of your safeguarding policy
  • Make children and parents aware of the document and what it means
  • Looking beyond physical safety and focus on a policy that will create a safe environment where children can thrive.

Denise Newsome of Learning Without Limits Academy Trust summarises it well:

“Ofsted are looking for a thread of safeguarding that runs through the school. What they are not looking for is a tick box.”

Further guidance

Our Child Protection in Education training course includes guidance on creating and embedding effective policies. 

Child Protection in Education

Cost effective training package

Child Protection in Education is one of thirty essential safeguarding and duty of care courses contained in our best-selling e-learning service - EduCare for Education. The service is available on an unlimited basis for all teachers, support staff, governors and volunteers and starts at just £370 per year. Costs are based on pupil roll numbers rather than on a per-learner basis which we believe makes it the most cost-effective way to purchase safeguarding training for your setting. 

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