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Safeguarding in Schools

Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. Early years, school and college staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. Schools and colleges and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children.

During the next year the LSCB will: “Strengthen Safeguarding in all schools (including Early Years and Further Education providers)”

The LSCB will support the work undertaken by the Safeguarding leads in the Standards and Learning Effectiveness Service (SLES), to further improve work in this area using a multi-agency approach.

The LSCB and SLES will work on the following areas together:

  • Support all schools to complete individual Safeguarding Practice Reviews during 2015/16
  • Request schools complete the self-assessment Safeguarding S175/157 audit
  • Ensure the Designated Safeguarding Leads training continues to be reviewed and updated
  • Recruit to the new post of Schools Safeguarding Officer
  • Establish Safeguarding networks within the Education Improvement Partnerships
  • Provide School Governors with Safeguarding support and training
  • Ensure that all independent schools are linked into the LSCB Independent Schools Safeguarding Group.
  • Ensure that all schools are aware of the implications for their children and staff of CSE, radicalisation and online safety.


Useful links and resources

East Sussex Online Safety (e-safety) Policy Template and Guidance for Education Settings 2017

Online (e-safety) Safety in Education settings – LSCB advice May 2016

East Sussex Domestic Violence and Abuse Protocol for Schools 2016

East Sussex Czone website for Child Protection and Safeguarding and resources

Safeguarding Audit Toolkit for Schools and Colleges in East Sussex, 2015-2016

The NSPCC Information Service has written a briefing on Ofsted requirements for safeguarding in schools in England (September 2015)

East Sussex Model child protection and safeguarding policy and procedure for schools 2015-16

Flyer on roles and responsibilities of LADO and Schools Safeguarding Officer


Resources for schools on particular safeguarding topics

Child Sexual Exploitation


Female Genital Mutilation