What does safeguarding look like?

    Safeguarding is keeping children and adults safe from harm; it is everyone’s responsibility. You are not on your own. There is no such thing as a silly question when it comes to safeguarding.

    Examples of times when you may be concerned about safeguarding are:

    • if the hairs on the back of your neck stand up
    • if you feel uneasy or unsure of something you have witnessed; remember that the school has a whistleblowing policy if needed
    • if some-one asks you to do something you feel uncomfortable with
    • if a colleague is secretive about his/her ways of working
    • if you observe changes in behaviour of adults and/or children

    Sharing concerns

    Your first port of call must be your Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or one of the deputy DSLs. If your concern relates to one of these colleagues, speak to your headteacher. If your concern relates to your headteacher speak to your Chair of Governors, your vice-Chair of governors or one of the DSLs.

    Take responsibility for keeping yourself safe

    Personal safety is a shared responsibility between employer and employee

    • wear your ID badge
    • keep yourself safe
    • never assume it will not happen to you
    • always attempt to reduce risk and take action when needed

    Act appropriately, challenge and report concerns

    If a safeguarding query comes to you, pass it straight to your DSL; do not share your concerns more widely with other members of staff

    If you are asked to supply what appears to be confidential information, check with your DSL first


    • sexual abuse
    • physical abuse
    • emotional abuse
    • neglect


    • speak to your DSL
    • check out appendix 3 in the Child Protection Policy on the Safeguarding portal

    Remember we are all working together to keep children safe.

    Useful resources

    Further support is available from:

    Hertfordshire Children’s Safeguarding Board


    NSPCC - safeguarding training


    The Prevent Duty


    Online safety


    Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE)


    Offsite visits

    Contact the Hertfordshire County Council Health and Safety team or visit:


    Safeguarding portal for Hertfordshire schools

    Hertfordshire County Council, in conjunction with Herts for Learning, have created the Safeguarding portal which is designed to be a ‘one stop shop’ providing schools with the most up to date guidance, policies and resources in relation to safeguarding. This information is intended to empower schools to develop their culture of safeguarding.

    This portal is available to all Hertfordshire schools irrespective of their designation. To access the Safeguarding portal you need to be logged in to your school account.

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