Safeguarding in Education Self-Assessment Tool (ESAT)

Topics: Schools

The Safeguarding in Education Self-Assessment Tool (ESAT) is a free online tool to help you audit your school’s current safeguarding and child protection arrangements, identify areas for development and make any changes necessary.

UPDATE: in May 2021, we will be launching a new and updated education self-assessment tool on the NSPCC Learning website and the old ESAT will no longer be available.

In the meantime, you can still access your existing account, update or complete your self-assessment. Make sure you download your action plan, as it will no longer be available once we launch the new and updated tool.

You can still register for a new account to use ESAT until the launch of the new tool.

Yet to register? You can still sign up for a new ESAT account until the launch of the new tool.

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How it works

ESAT provides a step-by-step guide to help your school meet best safeguarding and child protection practices. It should be completed by your nominated child protection lead in consultation with all school staff and governors.

ESAT creates an action plan showing what provisions are in place within your school and where action needs to be taken. You can update your progress at any point and print the action plan for your records.


ESAT is organised into four standards:

  1. child protection
  2. promoting welfare
  3. working with others
  4. staff and governance.


Each standard is made up of a number of elements your school should have in place. 

ESAT was developed for use in UK schools and covers the statutory safeguarding and child protection requirements set out in national legislation across the UK. It includes:

  • child protection policy
  • the role of the nominated child protection lead
  • safer recruitment
  • managing allegations against staff or volunteers.

Elements go into more depth about issues such as online safety, codes of conduct for staff, responding to disclosures and working with other agencies.


To help you meet each element ESAT provides links to:

  • advice
  • guidance
  • resources
  • training materials.

Following your ESAT assessment

At the end of each standard, you should refer to the action plan and decide how to implement any changes needed .

If you need support to identify gaps in your safeguarding arrangements and implement any changes, our expert education safeguarding consultants can help.

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