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: 

Schools Safeguarding officer:

(Please note this service is managed by the Kirklees Learning Service)

Michelle Hodges

Telephone number: 01484 221919


Schools Safeguarding Audit 2018

The annual schools safeguarding audit for 2018 is now ready for your use and completion. The audit has been allocated direct to your head teacher email address and cannot be accessed from this email.

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).

The "Enable" audit is designed to be a "living" document and a tool to assist schools in achieving best practice in respect of your current safeguarding provision. The audit has been designed for schools to self-assess their safeguarding competence and to be used as a baseline for action planning when areas of weakness are identified.

You will note that the initial Pie chart has a number of segments. Each relate to an area of safeguarding business, for example "safer recruitment". Each segment area is subdivided into separate questions each of which require an answer. A fully positive answer will generate a green colour for that particular question (Grade 3). A fully negative answer will generate a red colour. (Grade 1). An amber colour (Grade 2) will indicate answers where you can claim partial compliance at that time and working towards full compliance.

The audit is designed to be intuitive, in so far as each question contains information in the "Description" field to show you the standard required to secure full compliance on that particular question.

The audit is a "Living" document to be used throughout the year as a monitoring tool to assist you with generating focused actions to improve the safeguarding provision in your school or college.

Statistics for use by the LA will be generated from the current state of your audit submission in December 2017 and April 2018 and the audit with self-generate a reminder that this will take place a week prior to the date the capture takes place.

Remember this is YOUR safeguarding audit which has been set up to provide you with a great opportunity to showcase your safeguarding provision to governors or any internal/external inspection as well as meeting 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.

The following are questions with answers that you may find useful:

Other colleagues can self-register their own email address on the Enable site by following this link  The link will allow them to provide their details including email address and what will follow is a full list of all Kirklees Schools. Simply tick the box for your particular school and submit the request. Once authorised by an administrator, the colleague will receive an email confirming they can log in. It will also provide an initial log in password that can be changed by the individual user.

To get to the log in screen, click here. Your initial screen after log in will show Audits, Messages and Groups. Select Audits. You will be taken to the front summary screen of your audit. You will see a grey coloured Pie chart. Each and every segment in the chart relates to one individual question. Each of the ten slices relates to an area of safeguarding. As you complete the questions the summary pie chart will start to change colour.

Select the status of your question. Either “in progress” or “complete”. Then simply select “Save”

Each question has been set up to allow the user to record evidence prior to saving the answer. This is not compulsory but is an optional feature that you may consider really useful in assessing your safeguarding provision.

Some questions have been identified where it would be reasonable for school to have documentary evidence about their safeguarding provision. Where this is the case the question has been shaped to allow a further response for you to select and upload any file from your computer.

Yes. Simply go to the individual question and it will offer you an option to assign. When you click on the drop down arrow names of colleagues who have self-registered against your school audit can be selected. They will receive an email directing them to the question concerned

The segments that remain grey even after you have completed them relate to questions that collect data such as the name of your school / DSL etc.

The progress tab resets the colours on the pie chart to show which questions are complete, which are in progress and which have not been started

Yes. Select the “report” tab on the summary screen. It will allow you to create either a summary report or a more detailed master report. It can be created in either PDF or Word document format and the report will simply be emailed to your log in email address.

We have designed this to be a living document that you can populate and update throughout the year in order to track improvements in your safeguarding provision. However, we will be collecting summary data in August 2019, therefore the completion date is June 2019. 

I do hope you will find the audit far more useful to you than in previous years. Please make the very most of it. 

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.  

NSPCC Schools Service

NSPCC Briefing Documents for Schools

Updated on 06/11/2018

Elective home Education

Elective Home Education - Information for Professionals

Posted on 06/11/2018

Safeguarding Training 

Safeguarding in Schools Service 2018/19

FAO Head teachers, Business managers and Designated Safeguarding Lead professionals, from September 2017, the Kirklees Safeguarding in Schools service will become a traded service. 
To receive ongoing support and the recommended training that your school requires, prices have been calculated at a cost of 25p per pupil per annum in your school (including Nursery and Sixth Form and based on October 2016 census).  Course costs are additional as follows:
In line with recommendations of HM Government guidance document - Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2018, the School Safeguarding Officer will provide the following:
-       Face to face Basic Awareness in Child Safeguarding training to ensure all your staff meet the required guidelines
o   Course size up to 50 delegates   - £250
o   Course size up to 100 delegates - £400
-       Roles & Responsibilities of the DSL (full day course) -  £80 per delegate
-       DSL Refresher Course – (half day update course)   -    £40 per delegate
-       Access to centrally held course training certificates (no additional cost)
Specialist Advice (as part of 25p per pupil)
-       Provision of safeguarding updates (national and local authority) to head teachers and Designated Safeguarding Lead professionals
-       Attendance at Head Teacher Forums and Designated Safeguarding Lead Forums
-       Telephone and face to face consultation as required (between 9 am and 5 pm Mon- Fri)
-       Monitored email support at  (for non-urgent advice between 9 am and 5 pm Mon- Fri)
-       Administration of the annual Schools Safeguarding Audit.
If your school would prefer not to buy in to this service, access to courses would be charged at the following rates:
1.    Basic Awareness up to 50 attendees (minimum 20 attendees)      -  £350
2.    Basic Awareness above 50 attendees (maximum 100 attendees) -  £550
3.    Roles and Responsibilities Course (full day course)  -  £105 per delegate
4.    DSL Refresher Course (half day update course)        -  £60 per delegate
In addition, schools may wish to buy a bespoke School Safeguarding Review (approximately 3-4 hours) completed in school which includes a tailored report.
Costs for this service are as follows:
Trading Primary Schools:                    £150
Non trading Primary Schools:             £200
Trading High Schools:                         £300
Non trading High Schools:                  £400
Please email to indicate your wish or otherwise to purchase this service, or with questions you may have. 

Virtual School

The Virtual School has a role both in supporting individual Children and Young People in Care and care leavers with their educational attainment, and in supporting schools, foster carers, Children’s Social Work Service practitioners, school governors and other relevant partners in delivering their corporate parenting responsibilities.

Janet Tolley is the Head of the Virtual School for Children and Young People in Care in Kirklees.
Janet and her team can be contacted on 01484 225180, or at:

Updated on 06/11/2018

NSPCC - Organising safe sporting events in schools

The NSPCC has published a briefing on organising safe sporting events in schools. It aims to help schools meet their responsibility to keep children safe during sports activities and ensure that people providing sports activities for children are suitable to do so. Key considerations for planning a safe event include: drawing up and implementing an event safeguarding plan in consultation with the other organisations involved; drawing up a code of conduct for staff, volunteers, coaches, venue staff and children; following safe recruitment procedures if non-school staff are involved. Information is also included about: visiting other premises for a sporting event; using external coaches for sports activities; using volunteers as coaches; use of school sports facilities by the wider community. For further information, click here.


Online Safety

Online Safety Policy for Schools 2018

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.

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?

Parental Guide - Nintendo Switch 
Parental Guide - WiiU
Parental Guide - xbox360
Parental Guide - xboxone
Parental Guide - Nintendo 3DS
Parental Guide - Playstation

Updated: 06/11/2018

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

NSPCC - a short video for young people entitled “How do I know if I’m being groomed.”

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 the Duty & Advice team on 01484 456848 

 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.  Updated 30 October 2018

Recommended Guidance 

Working Together to Safeguard Children (July 2018)

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) (Ministry of Justice/Home Office March 2015)

Keeping Children Safe in Education

Domestic Violence Notifications to Schools - Operation Encompass

Sample School Safeguarding Policy 2018-19

Sample Child Protection Policy/Procedure 2018-19

Kirklees School Notification Protocol

Process for identifying children missing from education

Updated 30/10/2018


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 Gary Scargill, by email, or by telephone on 01484 221 000. 


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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