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Safeguarding: a guide for governing boards

Learn how to ensure that your board has sufficient knowledge and capacity to meet its safeguarding responsibilities.

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One of the most important duties that governing boards fulfil is to ensure that their school or trust is creating safe environments for pupils.

Governing boards must comply with the duties outlined in statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE). Use our safeguarding guide to ensure that your board has sufficient knowledge and capacity to meet your safeguarding responsibilities.

The guide covers:

  • how to meet your safeguarding responsibilities
  • strategic oversight and monitoring
  • understanding how safeguarding policy works in practice
  • governor and trustee safeguarding checks

The latest version of KCSiE is in force from September 2023. It contains updates that boards should be aware of, including:

  • ensuring that schools meet IT monitoring and filtering standards
  • clarification that schools should inform shortlisted candidates of online searches
  • signposting to cyber security standards
  • further guidance relating to external organisations using school premises

Download our guide for further information on these updates.

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