Legal and Policy Frameworks

The law

The safeguarding responsibilities of schools and colleges derive from;
Children Act 1989
• key safeguarding legislation

Children Act 2004
• Local Authorities appoint Directors of children’s services whose functions include those of LEA
• Replacement of ACPC’s with LCSB’s
• Establishment of Safeguarding Leads/Designated Teachers

Education and Inspection Act 2006
• Sec 38 enhanced responsibility of Governors and school services requiring them to ‘promote well being ‘ & have ‘regard to Local Authority’s children and young person’s plan’- enshrining a ‘duty to co-operate to promote physical, mental and emotional well- being’

Working Together 2015
• sets out best practice in multi-agency safeguarding of children

Keeping children safe in education 2015
Everyone working with children and young people in education settings shares objective to help keep children safe by contributing to:
 providing safe environment for children to learn
• identifying children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm
• taking appropriate action to make sure they are kept safe both at home and in education setting
Achieving this objective requires systems designed to:
• prevent unsuitable people working with children;
• promote safe practice and challenge poor and unsafe practice;
 identify instances in which there are grounds for concern about a child’s welfare, and initiate or take appropriate action to keep them safe
 contribute to effective partnership working between all those involved with providing services for children.