This area of TeacherNet is aimed primarily at schools and local authorities (LAs). It sets out current Government guidance and offers information and practical advice on a range of child protection issues. It includes a section specifically about safer recruitment in schools. More information is also available on the 'Safeguarding Children' pages of the Every Child Matters website.
Guidance: Safeguarding children and safer recruitment in education
This publication gives guidance on the recruitment and selection processes, vetting checks and duties for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in education. It also gives guidance on dealing with allegations of abuse against teachers and other staff.
Guidance: Working together to safeguard children
This guidance document sets out how individuals and organisations should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
This section clarifies the duties and responsibilities of schools and LAs in ensuring safer recruitment. It covers:
- pre-appointment checks on staff
- the implementation of the Vetting and Barring Scheme by the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA)
- mandatory Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks.
It also covers Safer Recruitment training, which as of 1 January 2010 is mandatory for the recruitment of school staff.
Advice, guidance, information and good practice
Information for schools
This section sets out information that schools will find particularly useful. It includes information about:
- child protection policies and procedures
- roles of the headteacher, designated senior person and governing body
- funding child protection activities
It also covers information about training for staff and providing information for parents, children and school staff.
Advice and guidance
Important information on a range of child protection topics, from clarification on the concepts of 'abuse of trust' and 'significant harm' to physical contact, private meetings, use of force, confidentiality and handling allegations against staff. This section also includes a file of useful child protection links and advice about specific forms of abuse, such as domestic violence and forced marriage.
Examples of good practice
Examples of good practice for schools, LAs, senior designated persons and parents.
Other agency roles
Insight into the roles of LAs, the police, the Crown Prosecution Service and other agencies as regards child protection.
Last updated: 6 April 2010