School Safeguarding Strategies

Safeguarding is the process of protecting children from abuse and neglect. It is everyone’s responsibility, but schools have a particularly important role to play. Schools are where children spend a significant amount of time, and they can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect.

There are several safeguarding strategies that schools can put in place to protect children. These include: 

Creating a safe and supportive environment 

Schools should create an environment where children feel safe and comfortable to talk to staff about any concerns they have. This means having a clear safeguarding policy in place and ensuring that all staff are aware of their responsibilities. It also means creating a culture of openness and honesty, where children know that they will be listened to and believed. 

Training staff 

All school staff should be trained on safeguarding. This training should cover the different types of abuse and neglect, how to identify signs of abuse, and what to do if they suspect that a child is being abused. 

Having a clear safeguarding policy 

Schools should have a clear safeguarding policy in place. This policy should set out the school’s procedures for dealing with suspected abuse and neglect. It should also be made available to all staff, parents, and pupils. 

Working with other agencies 

Schools should work with other agencies, such as the police and social services, to safeguard children. This means being aware of the roles and responsibilities of other agencies and being able to refer cases to them when necessary. 

Monitoring and evaluating safeguarding procedures 

Schools should regularly monitor and evaluate their safeguarding procedures to ensure that they are effective. This includes periodically reviewing the safeguarding policy, training staff, and carrying out audits. 

Child protection training for all staff 

All school staff should receive child protection training. This training should cover the following topics: the different types of abuse and neglect; how to identify signs of abuse; what to do if you suspect that a child is being abused and the school’s safeguarding policy and procedures. 

Designate a Safeguarding lead 

Each school should have a designated safeguarding lead (DSL). This person is responsible for coordinating the school’s safeguarding response. They should also be able to provide advice and support to other staff members. 

Designate a Safeguarding governor 

Each school should also have a safeguarding governor. This governor is responsible for overseeing the school’s safeguarding arrangements. 

Reporting suspected abuse 

If a school member suspects that a child is being abused, they must report it to the DSL immediately. The DSL will then decide on the appropriate course of action. 

Home-school communication 

Schools should maintain good communication with parents and carers. This will help to identify any potential problems at home and ensure that children are supported. 


Schools can teach children about safeguarding through the curriculum. This includes teaching them about the different types of abuse and neglect, how to identify signs of abuse, and what to do if they are being abused. 

Extracurricular activities 

Schools can also promote safeguarding through extracurricular activities. For example, they can run clubs on topics such as bullying prevention and online safety. 

Peer support 

Schools can encourage children to support each other. This can be done by setting up peer support groups or by simply encouraging children to talk to each other about any concerns they have. 

Other specific measures 

The school should work on implementing anti-bullying policies and procedures; promoting positive mental health and well-being; teaching children about their rights and how to stay safe and creating a culture of respect and tolerance. 

The iProtectU health and safety software provides: 

  • An inspection and Audit App which allows for safety inspection of the workplace and associated report 
  • eLearning on a wide range of EHS topics 
  • Scheduling functionality for managers to send eLearning, risk assessments and documents out to all staff via the software with tracks completion and compliance 
  • Risk assessment templates covering safeguarding where applicable 
  • Management system to document control the policy on safeguarding at school 
  • Method Statement module for the creation of various working instructions 
  • Legal register that provides legislation guidance on safeguarding at school 
  • Incident investigation module that tracks incidents involving pupil safety both with an app and via desktop 
  • Hazard observation app where staff can report and record any concerns regarding pupil safety to the organisation 
  • Asset management App ensuring assets are recorded in the software 



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