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Safeguarding stability required

24 June 2014

Safeguarding in schools is being used as a political point scoring tool (again) with the news that a Freedom of Information Act request by Labour shows that the number of people barred from working with children fell by three quarters in the last two years. Labour blames the “deeply troubling” loopholes; the government says its policy applied “common sense levels”. I would rather we focussed on letting the system settle and the new guidance bed in with schools before we even begin to think about changing it again. The current system is far from perfect, but a period of stability will at least allow schools to engage with the guidance, amend policy and practice and improve their safeguarding culture. Yet more changes means we will inevitably have to start again.

Safeguarding is not a political tool, even if we are less than 12 months from an election.

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