Safeguarding and child protection in schools Advice, training and resources for teachers, schools and colleges

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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.

Schools should:

  • 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.
Call 0808 800 5000 or email

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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.

Cost: £30

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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.

Cost: £30

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Child protection in schools - online course

Our CPD accredited elearning course will give all staff the skills to protect children.

Cost: £20

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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

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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.

Support and advice for professionals

If you want to talk about your child protection concerns, our trained helpline counsellors can offer you 24/7 help, advice and support.

0808 800 5000

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E-safety for schools

Online safety information, advice and resources for schools and colleges.
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How safe are our children? Growing up online

Our annual flagship conference is for everyone working in child protection.

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Teaching resources and lesson plans

Making sense of relationships

PSHE lesson plans for key stages 2-4 on personal safety and healthy relationships.
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Share Aware – resources for schools and teachers

Helping teachers and practitioners provide no-nonsense advice to children to help them stay safe online
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PANTS – resources for schools and teachers

PANTS resources include a lesson plan, teaching guidance, class activities, a Talking PANTS slide presentation and supporting information.
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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.

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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. 

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Our resources on TES

Find all our free lesson plans and teaching resources on TES.

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Childline posters and wallet cards

Our series of posters and wallet cards encourage children to contact Childline if they need to talk.
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Our services for schools

Our work with schools

Find out how our schools service can help your school keep children safe from abuse.
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Speak out. Stay safe.

Our programme (formerly Childline Schools Service) supports specially trained staff and volunteers to talk to primary school children about abuse.
Speak Out. Stay Safe.

Information Service

Our Information Service provides quick and easy access to the latest child protection research, policy and practice. 
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Safeguarding in Education Self-Assessment Tool (ESAT)

ESAT is for designated safeguarding leads in schools in England to assess how well they are meeting statutory and recommended safeguarding practices.
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