Safeguarding Children and Young People
This page gives an overview of key statutory and on-statutory safeguarding guidance for schools. It also provides information about where local Derby specific safeguarding information can be accessed.
Key Statutory Safeguarding Guidance for Schools
Schools must follow the statutory safeguarding children guidance, Working Together to Safeguard Children and Keeping Children Safe in Education, unless there is a good reason not to.
- Working Together to Safeguard Children; A Guide to Inter-Agency Working to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children (2015) - This guidance covers the legislative requirements on individual services to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and the role of Local Safeguarding Children Boards. It highlights that everyone who works with children has a responsibility to keep them safe and explicitly states that the guidance applies to all schools. Child friendly versions of Working Together 2015 are also available.
- Keeping Children Safe in Education - All schools and colleges must have regard to this guidance when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Your Keeping Children Safe in Education responsibilities
A message about your KCSIE responsibilities from Iain Peel, Service Director - Learning & Inclusion Services, Derby City Council
Governing bodies, proprietors and management committees should ensure that all their staff have signed to say they have read and understood at least KCSIE part one. Keeping Children Safe in Education: information for all school and college staff (KCSIE, part one) has been published separately to help staff to read this important document.
Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006
This guidance is for schools and local authorities to understand their responsibilities under the Childcare Act 2006 where staff are working in childcare provision in schools.
Protecting Children from Radicalisation 'The Prevent Duty'
The DfE have provided advice for schools and childcare providers on preventing children and young people from being drawn into terrorism. This includes the The Prevent Duty - Departmental advice for schools and childcare providers (June 2015), a guide about the use of social media for online radicalisation and a helpline. This information can be accessed on the Department for Education website.
Schools will also find the following DfE non-statutory guidance helpful in their fulfilling their safeguarding roles and responsibilities.
- Information Sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers - Information sharing is vital to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. This non-statutory guidance has been produced to support practitioners in the decisions they take when sharing information to reduce the risk of harm to children and young people. Please note there is also a Derby and Derbyshire information sharing agreement and guidance document which outlines how you can effectively share information to safeguard children; see the Derby Safeguarding Children Board website.
- What to do if you are worried a child is being abused; Advice for practitioners - This guidance has been produced to help practitioners identify child abuse and neglect and the action to take.
Key local safeguarding information for education providers
Key information about safeguarding in Derby can be found on the on the Derby Safeguarding Children Board website. This includes:
- The Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children procedures and important local guidance including the Thresholds document, Escalation policy and process, Assessment protocol and Information Sharing guidance.
- A dedicated page for education providers with advice about safeguarding training options in Derby, a template safeguarding/child protection policy, a safeguarding audit tool, a Derby schools safeguarding handbook, information about the DSL Safeguarding Update Service and Education Safeguarding Hub (a forum to improve safeguarding practice across Derby schools and education providers).
- Safeguarding training and events including the DSCB Multi-agency Safeguarding Children training programme (levels 3 and 4), e-learning courses such as an Introduction to Safeguarding e-learning (levels 1 and 2), and seminars. There is also information about external safeguarding children training providers who have been validated by the DSCB to ensure they meet national safeguarding training standards.
A large range of Information and resources on a range of safeguarding topics such as allegations, neglect, CSE, online abuse, FGM, radicalisation and extremism, domestic abuse, early help, safeguarding forms, assessment tools, self-harm, private fostering and much more.