This page is the ESCB‘s resource for everyone working in schools to help them keep children safe and ensure they are complying with statutory requirements.
Section 175 of the Education Act (2002) requires local education authorities and governing bodies of maintained schools and further education institutions to make arrangements to ensure that their functions are carried out with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. In addition, those bodies must have regard to any guidance issued by the Secretary of State in considering what arrangements they need to make for that purpose of the section.
Enfield Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) conducts annual Safeguarding audits under Section 11 of the Children Act (2004), which deals with the duty to make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in the local area by seeking assurance that agencies have effective and robust arrangements in place. The section 11 duty complements the duty placed by section 175 of the Education Act 2002 on Local Education Authorities and the governing bodies of schools and further education institutions.
A checklist has been devised to assist schools to assure themselves, and the Safeguarding Children Board, that they are compliant with safeguarding requirements. It has been sent directly to all schools and to governing bodies. Copies are available here and on the Keeping Children Safe in Education section of the Schools Portal.
The checklist should be completed electronically by a school Safeguarding Lead on an annual basis before December and returned via email to Enfield Safeguarding Children Board.
We have developed a Schools Safeguarding Children and Child Protection Policy template which schools are able to download and modify for their specific circumstances.
For further advice or support please contact Angela Bent(tel. 020 8379 8337).
Keeping Children Safe in Education Government Guidance
Keeping Children Safe in Education is the updated statutory safeguarding guidance for schools and colleges issued by the Department for Education. It includes details on:
- Safeguarding systems, including schools’ child protection policies and the appointment of a designated safeguarding lead
- Signposts to further detailed information on specific safeguarding issues, including female genital mutilation, child sexual exploitation, cyberbullying, mental health, and radicalisation.
You can download the government documents here:
Enfield’s Director of Schools and Children’s Services (DCS) has written a letter to all schools clarifying the position relating to Social Workers accessing school premises. It is important that Social Workers are able to enter schools and will carry their ID badges and HCPS registration cards with them.
You can download the latest Safer Recruitment Model Policy for Schools and PRUs