Schools' Safeguarding Self-Assessment
All schools and education settings have a legal duty under s175 of the Education Act 2002 to have arrangements in place that safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Academies, Independent, and Free Schools also have the same duty under s157 of that Act and as detailed in the DfE’s statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2021).
School and education setting have additional statutory duties under s11 of the Children Act 2004. This checklist covers the safeguarding requirements set out for audit by the Lambeth’s Safeguarding Children Partnership.
Please use our online Safeguarding Self-assessment Form (below) to reflect on your safeguarding arrangements, in particular to identify your areas of strength and how you can take action to develop practice, and how others within the partnership can support you.
We use the information that you supply to monitor safeguarding arrangements across the borough. This allows us to identify areas of strength - which can be replicated. It also allows us to determine what resources or targeted support we can offer to address areas for development. This might include, for example, training courses.
How to use the self-assessment form
While the form includes a number of tick-boxes, it is not designed to be a perfunctory administrative procedure. Instead, each section requires reflection about how your safeguarding arrangements are working well and what actions you could take to make them work even better.
The information is captured securely via a Google Form. You can save your progress - however, to do this, you will need to sign up for a free Google account.