School Governors and Safeguarding
The Governing Body has a duty to ensure that the school meets its statutory responsibilities and ensure that the children and young people attending the school are safe. This applies equally to all school settings, including maintained schools, academies and free schools. Section 175 of the Education Act 2002, and regulations under section 157 relating to safeguarding pupils in Independent Schools (including academies), place a duty on the governing bodies of maintained schools, and academy trusts, to have arrangements in place to ensure that they:
carry out their functions with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children; and
have regard to the statutory guidance issued by the Secretary of State in considering what arrangements they need to make for the purpose of that section. The statutory guidance, ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education Sept 2016’, outlines statutory requirements on all governing bodies.
Support for Governors
Suffolk County Council has a web page with resources for governing bodies - https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/govern-suffolk/
Schools Choice provide support for governors who subscribe to their service – https://www.schoolschoice.org/?q=Governor-Services
If you would like any further information regarding safeguarding please Contact Us or call us on 01473 265359