Schools have a duty under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children by:
- providing a safe learning environment
- making appropriate referrals to children’s social care where children are in need or at risk of harm
- work with local authorities in taking action to safeguard children missing from education.
These duties are set out in the statutory guidance:Keeping Children Safe in Education
Early years settings such as nurseries and children’s centres also have a duty to safeguard pre-school children in these settings under the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework:EYFS Framework
The following policies have been developed to support schools and early years settings to safeguard children: