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Safeguarding for schools and trusts

Manage safeguarding concerns, keep staff informed and up to date with the latest training and meet inspection requirements. We provide the support you need to effectively mitigate risk and improve safeguarding in your school or multi academy trust (MAT).

The 2022 iteration of Keeping Children Safe in Education introduces some significant changes that impact on safeguarding in schools and trusts every day. The guidance sets out what it expects from you, but it doesn’t tell you how to get there. That’s where we come in.

Part One: Overarching support >

Part Two: Governor and trustee training requirement >

Part Three: Safer Recruitment – online searches >

Part Four: Appropriate Adult >

Part Five: Additional support >

Looking for information relating to the recommendations made following The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation? Access our guidance for schools and trusts here.



…great work and support in providing useful resources and training in a time of continual on-going change.

Academy client July 2022


Lots of very useful information and food for thought on implementing the changes for all new staff from 1 Sep 22.

MAT client July 2022

Part One: Overarching support

FREE WEBINAR: Understand the three main changes

Catch up on our webinar where Dai Durbridge and Ian Deakin explain the key changes and talk you through exactly what you need to do to implement them.

RESOURCES: Need to update your policies?

Our suite of 30 education and HR polices – including Child Protection, Allegations Against Staff and Low Level Concerns, Safer Recruitment and Staff Code of Conduct – have all been updated ready for September. The full suite is available now.

BESPOKE ADVICE: Immediate safeguarding support

Quickcall offers up to 30 minutes support on absolutely any issue including safeguarding, which means you get access to our safeguarding experts whenever you need them. Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) can get up to 60 minutes of support with MAT PartnerPlus.


TRAINING: Accessible safeguarding training for all

EduCompli – our very own online staff training platform – makes safeguarding training engaging and enjoyable for staff and provides you with a management platform to review and evaluate training outcomes so you can identify strengths and plan how to plug knowledge gaps.


Part Two: Governor and trustee training requirement

BRIEFING: What training should cover

In this three-minute read, Dai Durbridge set out what good governor and trustee training looks like, what it should cover and his top tips for sourcing high-quality training.

TRAINING: Safeguarding for governors and trustees

We offer safeguarding training for governors and trustees and additional training for your Lead Safeguarding governor/trustee.

Both courses are delivered remotely and provide your board and lead governor/trustee with high quality training so that they can provide strategic challenge to ensure safeguarding is effective in your setting.


Part Three: Safer Recruitment – online searches

BRIEFING: Unpicking the new requirement

In this briefing, Dai Durbridge unpicks expectations, sets out pitfalls and builds a framework to help you understand how to deliver on this new requirement.

FAQ: Online searches

In these FAQs, Dai Durbridge answers your questions about online searches and helps you avoid some of the pitfalls.

TRAINING: Safer Recruitment – an interactive update

Given the 2021 changes around references and now the new online search requirement, is it time to refresh your safer recruitment training? Join other delegates on one of our interactive courses where we cover the requirements of Part 3 though the use of case studies, break-outs and plenty of Q&A.

 

RESOURCES: Safer Recruitment Support Pack

Everything from offer letters to interview questions, FAQs on references to managing positive disclosures and risk assessing online search results to application forms, this toolkit gives you everything you need help you meet all the requirements of Part Three of KCSIE.


Part Four: Appropriate Adult

BRIEFING: what is expected of DSLs

Read our short briefing to understand what is required of DSLs and how to ensure your school or trust is ready for next term.


Part Five: Additional support

TRAINING: MAT DSL Continuous Development Programme

Running over 4-5 months and delivered by Dai Durbridge, this course offers 21 hours contact time in bite-sized chunks of one and two-hour sessions. Interactive, engaging and focused on your strategic leadership role, this course focuses on helping you deliver as a lead DSL in a MAT.

TRAINING: HR Pathways for school leaders

Led by Gill Martindale, our interactive course is designed to empower school leaders and those on the path to leadership to effectively manage your people. This course is delivered remotely and offers 20 hours of contact time in bite-sized chunks of one and two hour sessions, allowing delegates to absorb the learning from each session without being overloaded with content.