Best Practice

From September to September: A annual plan for safeguarding development

Taking a strategic approach to safeguarding development will help designated safeguarding leads to meet statutory requirements, develop best practice, and manage workload. What does this look like in practice? Elizabeth Rose explains

There is a big gap from September to September and the annual process of updating policies, reading documents, and delivering training. As such, there is an ever-increasing focus on continuous development in safeguarding and “regularly updating” training for both staff and the designated safeguarding lead (DSL).

The Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) statutory guidance refers explicitly to the need to continually revisit both policy and practice and makes it clear that the policy should be reviewed annually (as a minimum) and updated if needed so that it is kept up-to-date with safeguarding issues as they emerge and evolve, including lessons learnt (DfE, 2021).

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