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Title: Training for Governors

Training for Governors
  • Child Protection and Safeguarding Children in
  • Welcome

Emotional Alert
  • What we cover today may trigger emotional
  • This is quite normal and we are quite use to this
  • If at any time you feel that you need to take
    break please do so

  • By the end of the session you will have increased
    your knowledge as a Governor regarding child

  1. Understand all aspects of safeguarding and
  2. Be aware of the key roles and responsibilities of
    the designated person
  3. Become familiar with monitoring allegations.

Statistic and facts -
Questions we should ask in our role -
  • Do we know the Statutory guidance?
  • Do we know our role as governors and the
    safeguarding governor?
  • Polices How do we know that they are in place?
  • Complaints, E-Safety , Whistleblowing and
  • Staff code of conduct
  • Do we understand the role of the Designated
  • Are we aware of
  • safer recruitment
  • the legislation - Keeping children safe in
  • the legislation Working together 2015

Legislative Frame 1
  • Statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in
    Education July 2015
  • The management of safeguarding (GOVERNORS)
  • The responsibility of governing bodies
  • 26. Governing bodies must ensure that they comply
    with their duties under legislation. They must
    also have regard to this guidance to ensure that
    the policies, procedures and training in their
    schools are effective and comply with the law at
    all times.

Legislative Frame - 2
  • Inter-agency working
  • 27. Governing bodies should ensure that the
    school contributes to inter-agency working in
    line with statutory guidance Working Together to
    Safeguard Children 2015.
  • 28. Governing bodies of all schools should ensure
    that their safeguarding arrangements take into
    account the procedures and practice of the local
    authority as part of the inter-agency
    safeguarding procedures set up by the Local
    Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). Section 10 of
    the Children Act 2004.
  • 29. Governing bodies should ensure a member of
    the governing body, usually the chair, is
    nominated to liaise with the local authority
    and/or partner agencies on issues of child
    protection and in the event of allegations of
    abuse made against the headteacher.

Legislative Frame - 3
  • Safeguarding policies
  • 32. Governing bodies should appoint a member of
    staff of the schools leadership team to the role
    of designated safeguarding lead.
  • 33. The designated safeguarding lead should
    liaise with the local authority and work with
    other agencies in line with Working Together to
    Safeguard Children 2013. There should always be
    cover for this role. (training every two years).
  • Opportunities to teach safeguarding
  • 36. Governing bodies should consider how children
    may be taught about safeguarding, including
    online, through teaching and learning
    opportunities, as part of providing a broad and
    balanced curriculum. This may include covering
    relevant issues through personal, social health
    and economic education (PSHE), and/or for
    maintained schools through sex and relationship
    education (SRE).

Legislative Frame - 4
  • Allegations
  • 39. In line with part four of this guidance,
    governing bodies should ensure there are
    procedures in place to handle allegations against
    members of staff and volunteers.
  • 40. Governing bodies should also ensure that
    there are procedures in place to handle
    allegations against other children.

  • Inspection
  • The assessment of the quality of leadership and
    management made during an Ofsted inspection
    includes an assessment of the effectiveness of
    the safeguarding arrangements in place in the
    school to ensure that there is safer recruitment
    and that all children are safe.
  • The Ofsted handbook provides further information
    on what inspectors must do and what school can
    expect, and provides guidance for inspectors on
    making their judgements.
  • New Guidance
  • Inspecting safeguarding in maintained schools and
    academies updated September 2015

Why and have we moved on?
  • Child Protection and Safeguarding requirements
    for schools have developed significantly over the
    past decade. Sadly, those changes have come about
    following the tragic deaths of four little girls,
    Victoria Climbie, Lauren Wright, Jessica Chapman
    and Holly Wells.

Safer Recruiter
  • Following Sir Michael Bichards enquiry into the
    deaths of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells at the
    hands of Ian Huntley, he made the recommendation
  • "From a date to be agreed, no interview panel to
    appoint staff working in schools/Academy should
    be convened without at least one member being
    properly trained."
  • What does safer recruitment achieve?
  • Governors can access our face to face training

Why and have we moved on!
  • For education services, the death of Lauren
    Wright has particular significance. The report
    into her death revealed a number of failures that
    contributed to the failure of Lauren being
    protected from serious harm. Lauren died at her
    home in May 2000 after being hit in the stomach
    so hard her digestive system collapsed. Tests
    showed more than 60 bruises on her body.
  • While Lauren was attending the local school, over
    a period of sixteen months her weight fell from
    six stone to two stone, her hair was thinning and
    greasy, and she was dressed in dirty
    hand-me-downs. She was regularly bruised on the
    face and legs, injuries that Tracey Wright (her
    step-mother, who eventually caused her death),
    explained away by saying that Lauren had walked
    into a door, or been knocked over by the family's
    Alsatian dog. All these injuries had been
    observed in school but no referral
  • to social care was ever made.

  • "Lots of times, often she was covered with lots
    of small bruises and with major bruises about
    once a month. These included black eyes, bruising
    on her face and scratches across her
    back.  (Class Teacher)
  • Her physical deterioration had been apparent for
    at least five months before she died. (Head
  • The Designated Person for Child Protection had
    left, and not been replaced
  • Laurens classroom teacher had not received any
    Child Protection training
  • Laurens Stepmother was a midday supervisor in
    the school

  • Victoria Climbie
  • Victoria was known to 18 different agencies
    The extent of the failure to protect Victoria
    was unforgivable (Lord Laming 28/01/03)
  • Victoria died February 2000, aged 8 years old,
    with 128 separate injuries to her body.
  • Victoria was not on a school roll

Network of Victorias Services
Our Responsibility What does this mean?
Child Protection
Health and Safety
Managing Allegations Against Staff
Safe Recruitment Selection
Educational Visits
Building Design
Staff Conduct
Role and Responsibility of Governing Body
  • Appoint a governor, to liaise with the Designated
    Person and report back to the Governing Body
    (Agenda, Annual Report)
  • Ensure that the school/Academy has a Child
    Protection (CP) policy and procedures in
    accordance with local procedures
  • Monitor and evaluate annually the school/Academy
    (CP) Policy
  • Ensure Single Central Record is up to date
  • Ensure Designated Person(s) are in post and fully
    trained (Training required every 2 years)
  • Ensure Designated Person is able to fulfil their

Roles and Responsibility of the Designated Person
  • Card Sort
  • On tables decide which statement applies to the
    role of the designated person

Staff Training
  • The Designated Person Must!!!
  • Ensure that all staff have training Group 1 at
    least every three years to include
  • Alert to signs and indicators of abuse
  • Know what to do if they are worried about a child
  • Recognise and know how to react to a disclosure

The Role of the Safeguarding Governor
  • The Governing Body of schools MUST have a
    safeguarding child protection link governor to
    help secure the effectiveness of Section 175 of
    the Education Act 2002 (ensuring children in our
    schools are kept safe from harm).
  • The safeguarding governor plays a vital role in
    ensuring oversight and scrutiny of safeguarding
    policy, procedure and practice on behalf of the
    full governing body by linking with Designated

The Role of the Safeguarding Governing 1
  • Monitoring the safeguarding and whistle-blowing
  • Ensuring there is a robust system for recording,
    storing and reviewing child welfare concerns
  • Liaising with the headteacher and DP about
    general child protection and safeguarding issues
    within the school
  • Ensuring that school staff training is up to-date
    (3 years)
  • Ensuring the safer recruitment and selection
    panel for staff has successfully completed
    accredited safer recruitment training
  • They report back to the full governing body at
    least annually however, individual cases should
    not be discussed by the full governing body

The Role of the Safeguarding Governing 2
  • Act as a critical friend to the school, in
    order to ensure that the appropriate systems and
    procedures are in place to cover all aspects of
    the safeguarding
  • Monitor appropriate policies, including the
    safeguarding and whistle blowing policies.
  • Ensure there is a suitably qualified, trained and
    supported Deputy Designated Person who has
    responsibility for responding to and overseeing

Managing Allegations
  • Role of the LADO (34 and 36)
  • Provide advice and guidance
  • Liaise with Police and other agencies
  • Manage and oversee individual cases
  • Monitor progress

Managing Allegations
  • The headteacher/chair of governor should contact
    LADO with any concern that indicates that a
    person who works with children has
  • Behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have
    harmed, a child, or
  • Possibly committed a criminal offence against or
    related to a child, or
  • Behaved towards a child in a way that indicates
    unsuitability to work with children new law

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