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child protection and safeguarding

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The issue of safeguarding in education remains extremely prominent. Whether you are facing an allegation made against a member of staff, handling a disclosure of abuse from a pupil, discharging your legal duty to refer conduct to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or managing press interest in safeguarding stories, the importance of ensuring your pupils are safe and are seen to be safe cannot be underestimated.

Our expert lawyers can provide your school with support on all aspects of safeguarding to help ensure you are discharging your safeguarding duties. As well as providing urgent advice and support when safeguarding issues occur, we can also help you draft your safeguarding policy, train your staff, prepare for inspection and deal with non-urgent safeguarding issues such as parental requests for disclosure of safeguarding files.

As recognised experts in the field, we can also keep you up to date with new legal duties and help you deal with growing areas of safeguarding concern, such as radicalisation and extremism, child sexual exploitation, forced marriage and FGM.

what we do...

  • Advising you on managing allegations against staff and working with the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).
  • Support you at strategy meetings and drafting statements for the press, parent and pupils.
  • Helping you handle disclosures of abuse and obtaining consent or overriding lack of consent.
  • Discharging your legal duty to refer staff conduct to the DBS.
  • Advising you and helping you manage risk for information disclosed on a DBS check.
  • Advising and supporting you on discharging your duties on complex safeguarding issues - including child sexual exploitation, extremism, FGM and forced marriage.
  • Recognised as national leaders for safeguarding in education.

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