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Safeguarding in Education

Keeping children safe in (and out of) early years settings, schools and colleges is something we know is important from the safeguarding reviews and audits we do. We know that children are simply safer when they are in education.

The OSCB Safeguarding in Education subgroup meets three times a year to ensure that all staff in early years settings, schools, colleges and other education providers are aware of key safeguarding issues, are able to escalate their concerns to the Board and Executive Group and influence the strategic development of services.

This webpage aims to:

  • provide information, guidance and research on keeping children safe in education settings
  • share key messages from the subgroup and wider board meetings
  • highlight specific safeguarding issues, good practice and research relevant to education settings

Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment

Education Safeguarding Advisory Team (ESAT)

The Education Safeguarding Advisory Team (ESAT) give advice over the phone, carry out safeguarding health checks (previously known as audits) and offer support to educational settings to embed their safeguarding practices.

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

The LADO gives advice and guidance to employers and others who are concerned about an adult who works with children including volunteers and agency staff.

Click on the title link for further information or visit Oxfordshire County Council’s Schools Safeguarding webpages

Early Help and the Locality and Community Support Service

The Locality and Community Support Service (LCSS) is part of Oxfordshire County Council’s Children’s Services Integration Programme. You can find your local LCSS contact on our Early Help page.

The LCSS provides advice and guidance to universal professional partner agencies including schools, health and voluntary and community groups, across Oxfordshire when emerging concerns are raised for children that do not require an immediate safeguarding response.

The LCSS are the first point of contact where non-immediate safeguarding concerns are identified.

Child Exploitation Toolkit for Education

This guide provides information to support children and families who are impacted by exploitation. This could be criminal, sexual, or any other kind of exploitation. It links to resources and services available to schools and settings which support children and young people.

It can be used to support referrals and early intervention work and provides support for a coordinated multiagency response to exploitation.

Identifying and naming neglect in education settings

The following tools and resources have been developed for use in education settings in response to the learning from safeguarding reviews involving neglect:

Please also see the

Education hub: Mental health resources for children, students, parents, carers and school/college staff

The ongoing pandemic, and associated measures and restrictions, such as social distancing, have had an impact on the mental wellbeing of some children and young people. This site pulls together some useful links and sources of support so that children and young people, parents, carers, and school and college staff can get the advice and help they need.  

Further resources

RSE framework for pupils with SEND and/or additional needs

The RSE framework for pupils with SEND and/or vulnerabilities and resources are managed by the RSE Task and Finish Group which was established in February 2020 to specifically consider and address the safeguarding needs of young people with vulnerabilities (e.g. high functioning autism, mild / moderate learning disabilities, ADHD, attachment disorders, etc.).  The group comprises of representative members from Learner Engagement Services, SENSS, Education Psychology, Children’s Social Care, LCSS and Schools (Primary, Secondary, Special, Virtual Schools for LAC and Independent).  This group is accountable to the OSCB Safeguarding in Education Sub-Group and meets annually or as needed to review/update the framework and resources.

For further information, see below:

The NSPCC have launched a dedicated helpline for children and young people who have experienced sexual harassment or abuse at school, and for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance.

To contact the NSPCC helpline, Report Abuse in Education, call 0800 136 663 or email