Safeguarding in Education

Safeguarding Officers for Schools and Learning

The Safeguarding Schools Officer supports schools and all education establishments to ensure they are compliant with government guidance in respect of safeguarding responsibilities and training requirements, the officer provides advice and consultation on safeguarding issues, and facilitates where necessary liaising with social care.  Contact details are: 

Steve Barnes
Kirklees Safeguarding Education Team

Office: 01484 225 828


Schools Safeguarding Audit 2016

The annual safeguarding audit for 2016 is now ready for completion.

The audit template fulfils the requirements of Sec 175 / Sec 157 of the Education Act 2002 and the Safeguarding requirements of Ofsted’s “Framework for School Inspection” carried out under Sec 5 of the Education Act 2005. (All aspects of Sec 11 of the Children Act 2004 are addressed within this template).

This year’s audit includes a number of additional questions addressing key safeguarding issues that have arisen this year in addition to questions around your understanding and management of pupil support.

The audit has been designed for schools to self-assess their safeguarding competence and to be used as a baseline for action planning should areas of weakness be identified.

Once again individual bespoke feedback will be provided to schools based around the answers you provide in the audit.

You are required to populate your answers on the survey monkey website accessed on the following link:

A completion date of Friday 16th December 2016 after which the feedback process will be commence.

For a copy of the questions please click here.

West Yorkshire Consortium Safeguarding Children Procedures

These are the multi-agency procedures to be followed by all agencies working with children and families in Kirklees.  The procedures encourage close working blitate early intervention in a supportive way to meet the needs of children and their families. The procedures are available in electronic format only and can be accessed on the following link: Safeguarding Children Procedures.  

Childline School Service

 Talking to children. keeping them safe - Childline School Service Leaflet

Posted on 18/02/2014

Safeguarding Training 

The following chart lists all the training recommended by Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board and shows who should undertake what training and how often.


Staff group 




Awareness of Child Abuse & Neglect 
(e-learning course)


All school staff including DSL, head teacher, all teaching staff, support staff, governors, ancilliary staff and caretakers. 

KSCB E Learning course on this website.

During induction.


Awareness of Child Abuse & Neglect 
(classroom based training course for the whole school)

All school staff (as above). 

KSCB Safeguarding Officer for Schools and Learning  (ring KSCB office 01484 225161 / 860 5161 to book)
External provider
(Training must meet the standards set by the Safeguarding Children Board).

Whole school to repeat every three years. 

£50 per school.
(The course can be delivered as one three hour session or two 90 minute sessions)

As set by external

Roles and Responsibilities of the DSL


(see Information for DSLs section below for dates)

KSCB Safeguarding Officer for Schools and Learning
(apply through KSCB training course management system)

Withing six months of approintment to role, or if specific DSL training has never been undertaken before. Once completed the course does not need to be repeated. 

£40 per person

Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment

Head teacher and Recruiting Governor

Book through Kirklees Learning Service (01484 225828 / 860 5828)    

Working Together to Safeguard Children

(Multi-agency level 2 training course)


KSCB Multi-Agency Learning & Development Officer

Within six months of DSL Roles and Responsibilities course



Making Positive Contributions to Child Protection Conferences and Core Groups 


KSCB Multi-Agency Learning and Development Officer

Within six months of DSL Roles and Responsibilities course



Advanced courses on specific topics or issues.

(Multi-agency level 3 training)


DSL or any member of staff who requires further training. 

Applicants must have completed 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' level 2.

KSCB Multi - Agency Learning and Development Officer

The DSL should undertake advanced training at least every two years to keep their knowledge up to date.




Head of the Virtual School

The council has successfully recruited its first Head Teacher of the Virtual School. This is a new post in line with changing legislation and we have appointed Janet Tolley, who has great experience as an educational leader in the Kirklees area.

Janet will be joining the Local Authority from Almondbury Community School, where she was transitional head after the formation of the school earlier this year. Janet led Almondbury on its challenging journey towards becoming an all-through school, for children aged 3 to 16, by bringing together an infant and nursery school, a junior school and a high school.

Janet’s new role will be to oversee the educational needs of Looked After Children including attainment, attendance and out of hours learning. She will be in post from November 3rd.

Janet Tolley: 01484 221000

Posted on 17/10/2014

Information for Designated Safeguarding Leads

The information in this section is recommended for those in the DSL role to help ensure that schools are fulfilling their safeguarding reponsibilities. 

Essential training - Roles and Responsiblities of the DSL

DSL Refresher courses:

To apply for the courses above click here

Safeguarding Policy
School Safeguarding Model Policy 2016/17 - this is a model policy document for safeguarding work in schools.  

Continuum of Need Response Framework

The Kirklees Children’s Continuum of Need and Response (CoNR) Framework is the local model to assist all those whose work brings them into contact with children, young people and their families to identify the level of help and protection required to assist children to grow up in circumstances that achieve their best outcomes.

This document outlines some of the most common indicators of need and risk that practitioners will come across in their work with families, and provides a multi-level framework for practitioners to use in responding with service provision and ensuring both need and risk reduce.

Children Missing Education
Process for identifying children missing from education.


Online Safety

Online Safety Policy for Schools 2016

The Online Safety Working Party have developed an Online Safety alert form (for use by Kirklees staff working with children and young people). This will allow any current online safety issues to be shared throughout Kirklees. Click here to access the form. Updated

Who are you really talking to

Digital Banner - download and share

A4 Poster Boy - this happens to boys too
A4 Poster Girl 


Acceptable Use Policies for the following:

The UK Safer Internet Centre runs a helpline that professionals can call for advice on digitial and online issues, and display materials are also available.  
Online Safety posters for display in schools
KSCB has produced a range of awareness raising posters that can be downloaded and displayed in school classrooms:

Do you really know who you’re talking to online? 
Don’t let the cyber-bullies get to you
What are you saying about yourself online?
Do you know the true cost of what you’re downloading online?
Do you really know what your children are viewing on line?

Online Safety First Responders’ Guide - Wallet cards and posters
KSCB has developed First Responders' guidance, flow chart and wallet cards for anyone working with children with information about what to do in the event of an online safety incident.  Wallet cards should be requested from the KSCB office, telephone 01484 225161 or email - a card should be given to all staff, support staff and volunteers. Posters (A3 size) can be downloaded here for display in school.

MinecraftAdvice to parents

Pokemon Go - A parents guide - Tips and advice for keeping children safe on Pokemon Go.

Updated: 20/01/2016

Video resources

Lucy and the Boy- short animated video highlighting the risks of sharing personal information with strangers online. This video can be accessed here-

I Saw Your Willy- short video, using an example of a boy that shares a picture of his willy, to show the dangers of sharing private images and how quickly such pictures can spread. This video can be accessed here-

Online resources

NSPCC - Share Aware guide- a guide produced to empower parents to keep their children safe online. It includes conversation starters to help parents discuss online safety and advice on what to do if things go wrong online. For printed versions of this resource, please see below on additional resources

NetAware- a comprehensive guide for parents on over 50 of the top social networks, apps and games that young people use. It includes key facts for each site, recommended age ratings, and information about safety features.

Talking to your child about staying safe online- advice and tips on how to have effective conversations with your children about an array of online topics, including cyberbullying, online porn, and sharing images and information.

Parental controls- information on how parental controls can be used to help keep children safe online. Discusses the benefits of parental controls and gives practical advice on how to put them in place.

Sexting: advice for parents- information from the NSPCC, explaining what sexting is, what the risks are, and how to talk to your child about the issues.

Online porn- conversation starters for parents to help them discuss online porn with their children.

Pants Resource - NSPCC Guide to schools, parents and carers

ChildLine resources

Staying safe online- a ChildLine page offering tips to young people on online safety. Includes information on posting online, online communities, and online bullying.

Online grooming- anadvice page, looking at what online grooming is, how it happens, and what you can do to keep yourself safe.

Sexting- information on what sexting is, what the risks are, and what you can do if someone sends you a picture or asks for one.

Mobile phone safety- an advice page, focusing on how to use your phone safely. It covers what you should do if you are being bullied through your mobile or being pressured to share your phone number.

Online gaming- ChildLine content, giving advice on how to stay safe when gaming. It discusses voice chat, online bullying, and how to keep a record of abusive messages.

Online porn- fact page, discussing what porn is, whether it’s normal to look at porn, and how porn makes you feel. It also gives advice on what you can do if you feel under pressure after watching porn, have been caught watching porn, or are concerned that you are watching too much porn.

Zipit- ChildLine’s first ever app, designed to help young people stay in control if they are asked to send a naked picture of themselves. It provides witty comebacks and pictures which enable young people to diffuse the situation and stay safe. It is free to download and available on Android, Blackberry and Apple smartphones.

Professionals Online Safety Helpline 0844 381 4772 -

Do you have a cyberbullying or digital safety concern?

The UK Safer Internet Centre has been funded by the European Commission to provide a Helpline for professionals who work with children and young people in the UK, specifically tackling the area of online safety. The Helpline provide support with all aspects of digital and online issues such as social networking sites, cyber-bullying, sexting, online gaming and child protection online. The Helpline aims to resolve issues professionals face about themselves, such as protecting professional identity and reputation, as well as young people in relation to online safety.

Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. The Helpline can be emailed at any time, and these will be responded to during their normal working hours.

Find out more by visiting the Helpline section of the UK Safer Internet Centres website

Additional resources

We have joined forces with 02 to provide parents with the skills and knowledge that they need to keep their children safe online. As part of the partnership, we are delivering the following initiatives, which we are happy for you to link to on your website. 

O2 NSPCC online safety helpline- parents are able to call the helpline for advice and support on setting up parental controls, adjusting privacy settings, understanding social networks and more. They can access the helpline for free by ringing 0808 800 5002 or can find more information here-

Parent workshops- from January 2016, we will be working with 02 to provide parent online safety workshops across the UK. Parents or organisations including schools or businesses can register their interest and request for workshops to be held in their area on the NSPCC website-

Share Aware parent leaflets – If you require hard copies of our Share Aware leaflets you will be able to order small quantities (Up to 50) by contacting If you would be interested in ordering large numbers at a cost price, please contact 

Teaching materials- resources based on the NSPCC animations ‘I saw your willy’ and ‘Lucy and the Boy’, will be available for teachers from November 2015. They will support teachers to deliver online safety lessons to children aged 8-12 and will be available here- 

For information on Online Messaging Platforms click here.

There is a new package of support and advice to parents and school professionals who identify causes for concern around many safeguarding issues including online risk taking behaviour. Please click here to access the package.



The UK Council for Child Internet Safety  (UKCCIS) has just released latest guidance for schools and colleges on the growing issue of Sexting and its implications for pupils and students.

It makes interesting reading and provides excellent advice to schools including the actions likely to be implemented by the police in the event of a sexting matter being reported to them.

This document has the backing of HM Government, the DfE and all leading child safeguarding professional bodies.

Please click here to access the guidance.


Child Sexual Exploitation is illegal activity by people who have power over young people and use it to sexually abuse them.This can involve a broad range of exploitative activity seemingly 'consensual' relationships and informal exchanges of sex for attention, accommodation, gifts or cigarettes through to very serious organised crimes.

Resources for schools to raise awareness -
YouTube: Jay
My story is real
When someone cares about you

A4 Poster Boy - this happens to boys too
A4 Poster Girl


Who are you really talking to YouTube Clip

Barnardos Spot the Signs -

Different models of CSE -
Models of CSE


Friend or Foe
Exploited - CEOP Pack
                  CEOP DVD

PACE - Support to parents Pace believes parents should be valued as key partners in safeguarding children from sexual exploitation.

BLAST Project - This is a specialist CSE service for boys and young men
Tel: 0113 2444209 / 07921 372 896 / 07407 761 569

If you have concerns this may be happening in your school please go to the Information for Professionals section (CSE) and follow the guidance.

If you require any further information - Contact:  Joanne Simpson, CSE Co-ordinator for Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board Tel:  01484 225804 Mobile:  07816 956670 Email:


 Mental Health – Support for Schools and Parents

 Mental Health Foundation: The truth about self-harm for young people and their friends and families about self harm WEB FINAL.pdf

Young Minds

Northamptonshire Mental Health Gateway 

National Children’s Bureau -  A whole school framework for emotional well being and mental health: School Well Being Framework Leaders Tool FINAL.pdf

 Safeguarding Information for Governors

Governor Briefing

Tackling bullying in schools: a governor’s guide - Anti-bullying Alliance January 2011   This guide addresses the key issues and challenges that are relevant for governors.  It provides advice, questions to ask head teachers, top tips and details of further resources.

Child Sexual Exploitation
Governors may be aware of wide press coverage in recent months which has detailed criminal trials in relation to child sexual exploitation.  The Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board wants to ensure that Kirklees has a strategic response to sexual exploitation in order to safeguarding our children and young people.  Schools have a part to play in keeping children safe and sexual exploitation is child abuse which may remain hidden because people are not always able to identify it as abuse.  We need to make sure that our children and young people are made aware of what form this exploitation may take and be equipped with strategies to enable them recognise it and make wise choices and stay safe.  Posted 18 March 2013

Recommended Guidance 

Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE, 2015). Posted 1 April 2015. 

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) (Government Equalities Office Factsheet 2009)

Keeping Children Safe in Education Posted 19/06/2015

Referral Forms

Early Help Assessment

Good Practice 

If your school has any top tips or documentation that you think might assist others please send by email to and mark for the attention of the Safeguarding Officer for Education & Learning.  Many of the policies below are from Kirklees schools who have given their permission for documents to be shared.


Disclosure and barring service - DBS checks

The Disclosure and Barring Scheme Guidance (HM Government, March 2013) is for employers, employees, volunteers and volunteering organisations. It provides important information about the scope of the scheme, how employees and employers will be affected, and how to prepare for registration. 

On 17 June 2013 the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) launches a new service, called the Update Service.

Any queries in respect of DBS checks, please contact Debbie Dolan, Unit Manager Payroll and Personnel, by email, or by telephone on 07976497678. 


Ofsted inspects and regulates those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.  The Safeguarding Board recommends that all education establishments familiarise themselves with the Ofsted website - you can also sign up to receive updates.  The Ofsted Safeguarding Children page contains questions and answers about inspections, the single central record, employment checks and CRB disclosure.  

The procedure for notification of a serious childcare incident to Ofsted is now covered by an online reporting service, please follow this link.

Independent schools should also refer to the Independent Schools Inspectorate website.

Guidance to Schools on Changes to Education Inspections from September 2015

Updated 19/06/2015


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