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The Governing Body is accountable for the school’s safeguarding policies, processes and practice. Robust monitoring arrangements, including the use of the annual audit, should be in place to ensure safeguarding at the school meets Ofsted requirements and provides proper protection for children. All Governors, should be given a proper induction  into their school’s safeguarding processes, and invited to attend safeguarding training.

Governing Bodies have a range of statutory responsibilities summarised as below;

•Ensuring that the school contributes to inter-agency working in line with statutory guidance in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 this includes providing co-ordinated offer of Early Help, following assessment of need.
•Contributing to inter-agency plans for children subject to child protection plans.
•Ensuring their safeguarding arrangements take account of Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures.
•Additionally they must ensure an effective child protection policy  is in place together with staff behaviour policy (code of conduct). Both should be provided to all staff – including temporary staff and volunteers – on induction. These should be updated annually, and be available publicly.
•Ensuring there are procedures in place to handle allegations against members of staff and volunteers. Such allegations should be referred to Designated Officer at Local Authority ( formerly LADO) and outline the responsibility to make referral to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) if a person in regulated activity has been dismissed or removed due to safeguarding concerns, or would have been had they not resigned. This is a legal duty and failure to refer when the criteria are met is a criminal offence.
•They must also ensure there are procedures in place to handle allegations against other children.
•The governing body should appoint member of staff of the school’s or college’s leadership team to the role of designated safeguarding lead – explicitly in role-holder’s job description There should always be cover for this role
•Governing bodies should consider how children may be taught about safeguarding, including online, through teaching and learning opportunities, as part of providing a broad and balanced curriculum.
•They must ensure that there are systems in place for children to express their views and give feedback.
•Ensuring that the school contributes to inter-agency working in line with statutory guidance in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 this includes providing co-ordinated offer of Early Help, following assessment of need.
•Contributing to inter-agency plans for children subject to child protection plans.
See Keeping children safe in education,Statutory guidance for schools and colleges, March 2015 DfE

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