Safeguarding in Education Self-Assessment Tool (ESAT) Free online tool for schools in England

Children in playgroundThe Safeguarding in Education Self-Assessment Tool (ESAT) helps you to audit your school’s current safeguarding arrangements and supports you to make any changes and identify areas for development.

ESAT should be completed by the school’s designated safeguarding lead but we recommend that different groups of staff, such as teaching staff, support staff, administrative staff, and school governors, are consulted.

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ESAT has been developed for use in schools in England and is organised into four standards:

  1. Child Protection: Safety and Security
  2. Pupil Behaviour, Emotional Health and Wellbeing
  3. Working with Parents and Multi-Agency Working
  4. Staff and Governance

Each standard is made up of a number of parts which are referred to as elements. ESAT covers the statutory requirements of safeguarding in education through these elements:

  • the child protection policy
  • the role of the designated safeguarding lead
  • safer recruitment
  • the single central record
  • complaints procedures
  • managing allegations against staff.

Additional elements in each standard will help you to consider other aspects of safeguarding, including e-safety, code of conduct for staff, listening to pupils and working with other agencies.

ESAT contains advice, guidance and fact sheets, policy checklists, links to resources and training materials to help you meet each element of the standards or to further improve your practice if the element has been met.

At the end of each standard, the designated safeguarding lead should refer to their action plan, and plan how to implement any changes or updates identified therein.

Further information on ESAT can be found in Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have any questions on the content of this Tool, please contact us.

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