Safeguarding relates to the action taken to promote the welfare of children and learners and protect them from harm and is the responsibility of everyone who works with children and learners.
Safeguarding is defined in the government's Working Together to Safeguard Children as:
- protecting children and learners from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s and learners’ health and development
- ensuring that children and learners grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children and learners have the best outcomes.
Working together to safeguard children – statutory advice on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Keeping Children Safe in Education – DfE statutory guidance which identifies the key safeguarding issues for those working in schools and other educational settings to be aware of.
The Prevent Duty - free DfE e-learning introduction into the risks of radicalisation and the role that professionals and practitioners can play in supporting those at risk
FGM Awareness Training – free Home Office e-learning for professionals designed to provide an overview of female genital mutilation (FGM) awareness and their responsibilities in FGM cases.
Promoting Fundamental British Values through SMSC – DfE advice on promoting basic important British values as part of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
UK Safer Internet Centre – E-Safety advice for teachers and professionals.
Educate against hate – government website which gives practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.
Tackling extremism in the UK – a report from the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Tackling Radicalisation and Extremism.
Teaching approaches that help to build resilience to extremism among young people – DfE research report which presents findings into teaching methods that help to build resilience to extremism.Prevent Referrals - free DfE learning designed to make sure that any referral under the Prevent duty is informed and with good intention, and that the response to that concern is considered, and proportionate.
Female Genital Mutilation Resource Pack – a government resource developed to outline safeguarding responsibilities with the latest information on the mandatory reporting duty for professionals.
Kidsmart – Guidance for teachers – provides teachers of children between the ages of 3 and 11 with practical online safety advice, resources and lesson plans.