Draft Role Description for the Safeguarding Governor  print

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Draft Role Description for the Safeguarding Governor

As the governor responsible for safeguarding children, you will play an essential role in ensuring children in this school are kept safe from harm. The safeguarding governor plays an important role in ensuring oversight and scrutiny of safeguarding policy, procedure and practice on behalf of the full governing body.

Your role as Nominated Governor for Safeguarding is to:

  • Act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school, in order to ensure that the appropriate systems and procedures are in place to cover all aspects of the safeguarding agenda and all statutory governing body responsibilities are met.
  • Monitor appropriate policies, including the safeguarding and whistle blowing policies.
  • Ensure there is a suitably qualified, trained and supported Designated Person (DP) who has responsibility for responding to and overseeing safeguarding issues.
  • Ensure there is a suitably qualified, trained and supported Deputy Designated Person (DDP) who has responsibility for responding to and overseeing safeguarding issues as agreed reasonable to be delegated by the DP.
  • Ensure that the DP adequately supervises and supports the work, development and wellbeing of the DDP and any other individual to whom they may delegate additional safeguarding responsibilities in order that there exist clear lines of accountability.
  • Ensure there is a robust system for recording, storing and reviewing child welfare concerns.
  • Liaise with the headteacher about general child protection and broader safeguarding issues within the school and as such be able to provide reports to the governing body in respect of themes and issues within the school/locality to enable adequate oversight, understanding and development of solutions.
  • Ensure that school staff training is up to date.
  • Attend Basic Awareness Safeguarding training every 3 years and other training as appropriate to the role and relevant to issues within the school/locality
  • Ensure other governors attend appropriate safeguarding training.
  • Ensure appropriate members of the governing body complete training in respect of allegations against staff.
  • Ensure at least one governor on the recruitment and selection panel for staff has successfully completed accredited Safer Recruitment training.
  • Ensure interview panels are convened appropriately and safer recruitment practices are followed.
  • Have oversight of the single central record and ensure it is up to date and maintained in line with guidance.
  • Take account of how safe pupils feel when in school.
  • Ensure the voice of pupils is truly heard and appropriately acknowledged.
  • Ensure the school constantly review and consider their curriculum in order that key safeguarding ‘messages and lessons’ run throughout.
  • Ensure school do not operate in isolation and have an awareness of agencies available to support children and families
  • Ensure the safeguarding agenda is embedded in the ethos of the school.
  • Monitor progress against any outstanding actions on the governing body safeguarding audit tool and other local authority review.
  • Provide an annual report to the full governing body to include, amongst other relevant items, detail pertaining to training, themes, issues, number of CAF assessments led by school (including the number escalated to Child in Need/Child Protection, de-escalated), contribution to multi-agency meetings and good practice .
It should be noted that this is a suggested outline only and not an exhaustive list of ‘duties’. It would be helpful that the Governing Body agree a description in order that all are clear as to their role and necessary

Updated for September 2019 changes to Keep Children Safe in Education
2019 safegaurding report0.docx

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