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Safer recruitment

Education providers have a responsibility to ensure staff are safely recruited and appropriately vetted in line with their roles and responsibilities.  The safer recruitment policy outlines our approach.

Schools should maintain a single central record which is reviewed by the safeguarding governor regularly.  The single central record should include:

  • Identity check
  • Right to work in the UK check
  • Disclosure and barring service check
  • Barred list check
  • Prohibition form teaching check
  • Section 128 Check Prohibition from management check (for independent schools and academies:)
  • European Community Area Check (ECAC Check)
  • Overseas check
  • Disqualification from childcare check request (where required)
  • Uptake of two references

The schools should ensure visitors to the site are appropriately checked in relation to the purpose of their visit.  This includes:

  • The level of supervision required while on site. The level of vetting in relation to the purpose of the visit. We also have a responsibility to ensure safe working practice in our provision.

Staff code of conduct

(also known as staff behaviour)

 All staff should be familiar with the code of conduct. It should be issued at induction and revisited periodically. Any breach of the code of conduct should be brought to the attention of the headteacher where:

  • A staff member self-reports that they have breached the code of conduct.
  • A staff member is concerned by the behaviour of another member of staff who has breached the code of conduct.
  • It has come to the attention of a member of staff via another source that a staff member has breached the code of conduct.

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Dear Headteacher

KSCIE 2019

Please find attached the link to the revised KCSIE (2019).

The detail on the substantive changes is listed in Appendix H, page 108 of KCSIE (2019).

Key points are:-

  • Upskirting (page 10 paragraph 27 and page 89).
  • Changes to new local arrangements under the new local safeguarding children partnership. An update on this will take place at the Designated Education Safeguarding Lead’s conferences.

The revised model child protection policy is available at

The revised model safeguarding policy is available at

Lorraine Lord

Senior Education Safeguarding Officer

The annual DSL conference days (8.30 am - 4 pm) are to be held at Sans Souci on Monday 30 September 2019, Monday 7 October 2019, and at Grace Academy on Thursday 24 October 2019.

The annual governor safeguarding conference is at Solihull School on Wednesday 9 October 2019 at 6.30 pm.

Please confirm which day you wish to attend to

Thank you.

Lorraine Lord, Senior Education Safeguarding Officer

Message from Lorraine Lord

Dear headteacher and chair of governors

We have sent out links to the education safeguarding audit in Head Lines, emailed to you on 13 May 2019.

As you complete your audit, could you record any partial or no responses as actions in the action plan (attached to this announcement). Additional rows can be added if needed.

Please submit the action plan to us by Friday 12 July 2019.

Please could you complete and submit all sections of the audit survey by Friday 28th June 2019.

Please contact us at if you require any further guidance.

Updates and changes


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