Safeguarding and child protection in schools Advice, training and resources for teachers, schools and colleges
School staff play an essential role in protecting children from abuse.
They have regular contact with children and young people so are in a strong position to identify signs of abuse and neglect.
- create safe environments for children and young people through robust safeguarding practices
- ensure that adults who work in the school, including volunteers, don't pose a risk to children
- make sure staff are trained, know how to respond to concerns and keep-up-to-date with policy and practice
- teach children and young people about staying safe
- maintain an environment where children feel confident to approach any member of staff if they have a worry or problem.
Safeguarding and self-assessment
Free online self-assessment tool for schools
Our Safeguarding in Education Self-Assessment Tool (ESAT) helps schools in England to audit their safeguarding procedures against 4 standards: child protection, promoting welfare, working with others, and, staff and governance.
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Consultancy for schools
Following your ESAT assessment
If you need support to address gaps in your safeguarding arrangements or help to implement changes to your policies and procedures, our expert education safeguarding consultants can help.
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Briefings and factsheets
Training for education staff
All school staff need to attend child protection training to give them the knowledge and skills to recognise signs of abuse, neglect or inappropriate behaviour and be confident in responding to concerns.
Staff who are the designated lead for safeguarding of children should attend more advanced training, as they will be responsible for taking appropriate action to safeguard children and making referrals to other agencies.
We also offer face to face, CPD certified safeguarding training courses for designated leads.
Managing sexualised behaviour in primary schools - online course
Our elearning course will help anyone working within primary schools gain the skills to assess and manage incidents of sexualised behaviour.
Keeping children safe online - online course
Our CPD accredited elearning course will help you to think about the issues that children and young people face online.
Child protection in schools - online course
Our CPD accredited elearning course will give all staff the skills to protect children.
Safer recruitment in education training
Our elearning and face-to-face courses follows DfE guidance for anyone recruiting new staff.
Online cost: £30
Face-to-face cost: £225
Identifying abuse and responding to disclosures
Any concern about a child's safety, allegation of abuse or disclosure must be reported.
Your school’s child protection policy and procedures should include details of making a report covering:
- how and where to record the concern – usually a written statement with a date and signature of the member of staff
- who to pass the concern on to - the school's designated safeguarding lead
- clear guidelines on how the designated lead will respond to a report.
E-safety for schools
How safe are our children? Growing up online
Our annual flagship conference is for everyone working in child protection.
Teaching resources and lesson plans
Making sense of relationships
Share Aware – resources for schools and teachers
PANTS – resources for schools and teachers
Lesson plans on online bullying for secondary schools
The Anti-Bullying Alliance, NSPCC and Diana Award have jointly developed these lesson and assembly ideas for secondary school age pupils to support the Stop Speak Support campaign on cyber bullying.
To children, online life is real life. We've joined forces with O2 to help parents, teachers and other professional explore and understand online life as kids know it.
Our resources on TES
Find all our free lesson plans and teaching resources on TES.