With Ofsted placing greater emphasis on safeguarding than ever before, it is essential that staff in schools are aware of their responsibilities and have confidence in the monitoring systems that are in place.
School safeguarding defined
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people is defined in the Government publication Working together to safeguard children as:
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Ofsted has recently issued guidance for inspectors when inspecting safeguarding under the Common Inspection Framework and although inspectors will not provide a separate grade for this key aspect of a provider’s work, they will make a written judgement under leadership and management in the report about whether or not the arrangements for safeguarding children and learners are effective.
Key areas in SIMS
Schools and academies are required to clearly evidence the impact of their safeguarding responses for individual pupils and groups identified as ‘at risk’. SIMS is designed to support schools in recording, monitoring and reporting for safeguarding and below we have outlined the key areas in the system for powerful and effective compliance:
How schools can learn more
Our SIMS for Safeguarding training and consultancy session helps to prepare schools to use SIMS for safeguarding, specifically the management of:
- Single Central Record
- Bullying incidents
- Racist incidents
- Vulnerable children and User Defined and Dynamic Groups
This session is aimed at school staff who are involved in the recording, monitoring and reporting of student and staff information relevant to safeguarding.
The session only takes half a day and can be delivered at your school on a date convenient to you.
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