Safeguarding in schools prompt sheet

Safeguarding in schools prompt sheet


Ofsted Inspection Child Protection/Safeguarding In Schools Prompt sheet

This paper offers a set of prompt questions to help schools make sure that they are able to produce documentation to evidence that child protection structures and systems are in place and working well.


Named Persons

Does your school have a DSP (designated senior person) in place for safeguarding who takes lead responsibility for dealing with child protection issues, provide advice and support for staff, liaise with the children’s social care and work with other agencies? DSPs in Bradford are referred to as Named Persons.  Named Persons must be members of the senior management/leadership team.

Does your school have a deputy named person to ensure that action can be taken in the absence of the first named person?

Has school informed Bradford Council of the named persons? Schools are asked to inform Jenni Whitehead, Lead Officer for Child Protection, who their named persons are.

Jenni is required to draw up a list of named persons on an annual basis.  This list is circulated across schools and children’s social services to ensure that named persons are known and that they have been authorised as users of child protection systems.

Does the Headteacher ensure that there are sufficient resources and time allocated to allow the Named Person to discharge their responsibilities?

Named Persons are required to attend case conferences and may be asked to be part of a Core Group, they also need to respond to information requests from children’s social care and time to address staff concerns about children who are pupils at their school.


Single Central Record

Holding a single central record is a statutory requirement on schools.

Is a Single Central Record (SCR) of all staff in place? (This includes, visitors, supply staff, music school peri’s).

Does the above record, names, addresses and dates of birth of all members of staff?

Is there evidence in the SCR that all teachers have been checked against list 99?

Does the SCR record the date when the CRB or List 99 check was carried out?

Does the SCR record all teachers who have qualified teacher status?

Does the SCR record evidence of permission to work for those who are not nationals of EEA country?

Is there evidence that all staff who have regular contact with children, employed since March 2002 have been CRB checked?

Have all staff appointed since May 2006 whether or not they have regular contact with children been CRB checked?

Does the SCR include evidence that supply teachers who work at the school regularly have been checked against list 99 or have recent CRB check?

Is there evidence that agency supply teachers have been list99 or CRB checked?

Have volunteers including governors who have regular contact with children been CRB checked or are they never left in sole charge of children?



Does your school have a safeguarding policy and procedures in place that have been agreed by the Governing Body and are in accordance with BSCB guidance and locally agreed inter-agency procedures and are these known by all staff, supply staff, governors and volunteers?

Is your school’s Governing Body aware of its responsibility to oversee child protection systems and remedy any deficiencies in Safeguarding/child protection systems without delay.  The Governing Body is required to nominate a named governor to support the child protection systems in school.  The named governor should not be privy to any information about individual children or involved in individual child protection cases.

Is your school’s Safeguarding policy and procedure reviewed annually and amended when necessary.


Managing Allegations against members of staff

Is your school aware of the procedures or dealing with allegations of abuse against members of staff and volunteers?  The procedures can be downloaded from the BSCB website at The lead officer for managing allegations within education is Jennie Sadowskyj, Tel: 01274 385617.  Jennie is the first point of call for schools where an allegation is made against a member of staff. Jenni Whitehead Tel: 01274 385726 should be contacted if Jennie Sadowskyj is on annual leave.


Training on the management of allegations is available through the BSCB training programme. To apply for this course contact Jenni Whitehead Tel: 01274 385726.

Is the chair of the Governing Body aware of their responsibility for liaising with the lead officer for managing allegations and other agencies, in the event of an allegation of abuse being made against the Headteacher?



Named Persons are required to attend training for the role.  In Bradford Named Person training is

offered through a two day course run by Jenni Whitehead.  To secure a place on this training, named persons should apply through the EB courses desk.  Tel: 01274 385822.


Named persons are required to update their child protection training every two years. They may do this by attending a refresher course or by attending one of the multi agency courses provided by the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB).  To find out about BSCB courses visit the website at: To book a place you must contact Jenni Whitehead, Tel: 01274 385726 or email:

BSCB courses are free to Bradford schools, Independent schools are welcome to attend and a charge will be made.

Has the Named Person delivered or arranged for Basic Awareness training for all staff within the last three years?

Schools can ask staff to undertake the BSCB online basic awareness training.  This training is free to Bradford schools and can by accessed through the BSCB website.

Schools can request whole school training from Jenni Whitehead.  Named persons can deliver their own whole school training. Temporary, newly recruited and volunteers should be alerted to safeguarding procedures on induction.


Safer Recruitment

Does your school operate safe recruitment procedures and make sure all appropriate checks are carried out on new staff, volunteers including CRB and List 99 checks?

Has the headteacher and one nominated governor undertaken the Safer Recruitment course?

To access this course contact the courses desk Tel: 01274 385822 or talk to your HR advisor.


Safe Working Practice: Codes of Conduct

Has your school developed a code of conduct for staff.

A code of conduct offers clear guidance to staff on how they must behave when in contact with children and young people?  A good starting place for a code of conduct is the, ‘Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children and Young People in Education. Settings’available as a download from this website.

Does the Headteacher ensure that all staff and volunteers are able to raise concerns about poor or unsafe practice in accordance with agreed whistle blowing policies.

Does your school have a use of technology and the internet policy in place?

An example policy and guidance for staff can be downloaded from this website.

Health and Safety

Do you have a Health and Safety Policy?

Are General Risk Assessments carried out for specific activities?

Have you got evidence of recent Health and Safety Inspection Reports and Action Plans

Do you have a Fire Safety File, with evacuation record, testing and risk assessments?

1.      Asbestos Plan.

2.      Have you a file evidencing maintenance of equipment eg gym, DT machines.

3.      EV1 for regular trip.

4.      EV1 for residential visit.

5.      EV1 for overseas.


Child Protection in the curriculum

How does your school contribute to the’ Keeping Safe’, ECM outcome?

Can you give examples of teaching/learning that help children keep safe?


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