Keeping children safe in education Statutory guidance for schools and colleges March 2015 states;
Each school and college should have a designated safeguarding lead who will provide support to staff members to carry out their safeguarding duties and who will liaise closely with other services such as children’s social care.
This responsibility should be explicit in the role-holder’s job description. This person should have the appropriate authority and be given the time, funding, training, resources and support to provide advice and support to other staff on child welfare and child protection matters, to take part in strategy discussions and inter-agency meetings – and/or to support other staff to do so – and to contribute to the assessment of children. There should always be cover for this role.
- The designated safeguarding lead should receive appropriate training carried out every two years in order to:
- Understand the assessment process for providing early help and intervention, for example through locally agreed common and shared assessment processes such as early help assessments
- Have a working knowledge of how local authorities conduct a child protection case conference and a child protection review conference and be able to attend and contribute to these effectively when required to do so
- Ensure each member of staff has access to and understands the school’s or college’s child protection policy and procedures, especially new and part time staff .
- Be alert to the specific needs of children in need, those with special educational needs and young carers
- Be able to keep detailed, accurate, secure written records of concerns and referrals
- Obtain access to resources and attend any relevant or refresher training courses
- Encourage a culture of listening to children and taking account of their wishes and feelings, among all staff, in any measures the school or college may put in place to protect them.
Additionally they must create a climate within the school that safeguards children. They may deliver whole school training themselves or hire an external provider like us to deliver regular safeguarding training.
Working Together 2010 identified 8 levels of staff in relation to safeguarding . Designated Teachers are level 5 –requiring level 3 training.
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