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Information and Guidance for Schools

We hope this area of the site will become a useful resource to help those who work in schools fulfil their statutory responsibilities to keep children and young people safe.

Throughout the site, we'll give you access to information regarding your duty to safeguard, the policies and procedures you need to have in place, information about safeguarding training opportunities, and let you know what Ofsted inspectors will be looking for when they carry out your school's safeguarding inspections.

In addition to our LSCB courses, the Department for Education provides an online course on Safer Recruitment available through this link

If you would like to see additional safeguarding information on the site, just let us know what you would find helpful. You can send us information by emailing us.

SAFEGUARDING RESPONSIBILITIES

All school staff are responsible for ensuring children are safeguarded when visiting or attending their school.

Schools, including Academies and further education institutions have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils under the Education Act 2002. They should create and maintain a safe learning environment for children and young people, and identify where there are child welfare concerns and take action to address them, in partnership with other organisations where appropriate.

EDUCATION ACT 2002

Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 places a duty on local education authorities, maintained (state) schools and further education institutions, including sixth-form colleges, to exercise their functions with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children – children who are pupils, and students under 18 years of age in the case of schools and colleges. Section 157 of the Education Act 2002 places the same duty on independent schools, including Academies.

LSCB REQUIREMENTS - Have you completed your audit?

Thurrock LSCB are required to ensure that all schools in the borough meet their safeguarding responsibilities. All schools are required to complete a 157/175 audit document on an annual basis and return this to the LSCB. If you have not completed these requirements please complete the audit document. Details can be found in the useful information section.

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