Ofsted - safeguarding requirements

Ofsted and inspection partners carry out all the required checks for staff who visit nurseries, childminders, schools and colleges as part of an inspection.

This includes appropriate employment checks and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure.

All HMI, Regulatory and Additional Inspectors carry official Ofsted photo identification badges so that schools and other providers know they have passed these rigorous safeguarding checks.

Ofsted Inspectors work to government legislation and statutory guidance, which is based on the Department for Education's Safeguarding children and safer recruitment in education.

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Ofsted Safeguarding children and young people and young vulnerable adults policy
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Ofsted safeguarding publications

Ofsted safeguarding publications

Ofsted provides useful guidance for all schools on a number of safeguarding areas. All schools are advised to keep up to date with the Ofsted publications by searching `safeguarding` on a regular basis.

The report illustrates and evaluates the features of best practice in safeguarding, based on inspection evidence from the 19 per cent of all maintained primary, secondary and special schools, residential special schools and pupil referral units inspected between September 2009 and July 2010 where safeguarding had been judged outstanding. It also draws on a more detailed analysis and evaluation of safeguarding practice in a small sample of outstanding schools visited by Her Majesty’s Inspectors

Ofsted Inspections of maintained schools

Ofsted inspection support

Ofsted inspection of maintained schools

All schools are advised to keep up to date with the latest Ofsted framework and handbooks for Inspection.

Whistleblowing to Ofsted about safeguarding in local authority Children's Services

This document is Ofsted’s external whistleblowing policy and outlines our processes and procedures for dealing with whistleblowing referrals about a local authority’s safeguarding arrangements.

Unseen Children: Access and Achievement 20 Years On

Twenty years ago, Ofsted published Access and achievement in urban education, a report looking at seven urban areas with high levels of deprivation, with an update published 10 years later in 2003.

Over the past year Ofsted has undertaken a review in order to understand the current pattern of disadvantage and educational success across England, to learn the lessons of recent policy initiatives, and to come forward with proposals that would really make a difference.

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Last updated: 29 August 2019 13:02:47