What is safeguarding and what are the duties on governors? Martin Hodgson, a school governor for 15 years, summarises the main points.

Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 requires school governing bodies, local authorities (LAs) and further education institutions in England to make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 apply the same duty to proprietors of independent schools, academies and free schools.

What is child safeguarding?

Safeguarding consists of the actions that organisations need to take and the arrangements they need to put in place in order to protect children from harm and promote their welfare.

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