Governing boards must appoint a governor or trustee to take leadership responsibility for their school or trust’s safeguarding arrangements.
We recommend that this practice is extended to local academy committees within a multi academy trust where they have delegated responsibility for safeguarding at school level. This helps to ensure that trust-wide safeguarding policies and procedures are being implemented.
The appointed governor/trustee should take the lead on safeguarding. However, the governing board retains collective responsibility for making sure that safeguarding procedures are properly followed.
Use our safeguarding link governor/role description to learn about the requirements of this role and to create a role description that meets your needs.
The role description covers the purpose of the safeguarding link governor/trustee role and duties that include:
- working with the designated safeguarding lead (DSL)
- acting as a main point of contact for the DSL
- understanding how safeguarding works in practice
- reporting to the board and keeping them up to date
- acting as the board’s safeguarding specialist
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