Safer working practice in schools is crucial to establishing safe cultures and ensuring effective safeguarding. In this article, Elizabeth Rose explains how schools can minimise opportunity for harm perpetrated by those working with children

Safeguarding children is multi-faceted and the role that schools play in keeping children safe is varied and diverse.

When we say the words “safeguarding” or “child protection”, we might immediately think about responding to abuse by parents or family members, contextual issues such as child criminal exploitation, or we may think of the in-school systems we have in place for noticing and reporting concerns, our policies or school training.

Safer working practice

There are key tenets that I generally refer to as the “cornerstones” of safeguarding – training, policy, multi-agency working, for example.

One of these key areas, which is a core responsibility (and safeguarding cornerstone) of any organisation working with children, is “safer working practice”.

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