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Safeguarding and child protection in schools

Safeguarding in schools is essential for keeping children safe.

It means having:

  • whole-school policies and procedures
  • staff and volunteers confident in identifying and raising concerns
  • leadership confident in responding to and referring concerns and working with other agencies to protect children
  • teaching resources to promote wellbeing.

Use our training and resources to help you keep your pupils safe.

Resources, training and services

Training courses

Training for: all school staff to recognise abuse, designated safeguarding leads, safer recruitment and more.

Audit your procedures

Assess your school’s current safeguarding and child protection policies and practice with our free online checklist.

Teaching resources

Free lesson plans and classroom resources covering PANTS, bullying, sex and relationships, e-safety and more. 

Talk Relationships

Training, lesson plans, a whole-school approach framework and a dedicated helpline to support secondary school teachers and leaders embed sex and relationships education across their whole school.

Speak out Stay safe

Our assemblies and workshops for Key Stages 1 and 2 / Primary 1-7 aim to equip a generation of children with the knowledge and skills they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect.

Building Connections

Our online service empowers young people aged up to 19 to find a way through loneliness. Young people work with a trained befriender who guides and champions them each step of the way. 

Key safeguarding legislation and guidance for schools

Safeguarding guidance and legislation that sets out responsibilities for schools in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) briefing

Key changes and updates to KCSIE guidance that schools need to know, including the incorporation of the DfE’s advice on Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges.

Roles and responsibilities for safeguarding in schools

Read our overview of the key child protection responsibilities in schools to help you protect children and young people in schools.

​Recognising and responding to abuse

Outlines best practice for recognising and responding to abuse and some of the issues which may arise when working with children who have been abused.

Relationships, health and sex education resources

Access free resources to use with children and young people to help promote healthy relationships in age-appropriate ways.

Safeguarding children with SEND

Guidance on safeguarding children with special educational needs and disabilities, including resources to support anyone working in education.