Safeguarding in education

Safeguarding in education – the local authorities offer to schools and other children’s services settings of expert advice on fulfilling their responsibility for safeguarding.

The Education Safeguarding Advisor and Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), based in Commissioning and Improvement – People’s Services, assists the Service Unit Head (SUH) of Children Young People and Learning (CYPL) to lead the safeguarding agenda with educational and other children’s services settings on behalf of Children’s Services in Poole. This ensures the requirements of Section 175 of the Education Act 2002, Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 and working together are understood and comprehensively met by these settings.

The role works with education and other children’s services settings and does not work directly with children or families.

The main purposes of the role are to:

  • challenge and inform the actions of educational and other children’s services settings to improve safeguarding. This is carried out by offering consultation and the provision of expert guidance to senior leadership teams in schools and early years on safeguarding policy and practice to improve for example, e-safety, safe behaviours for working with vulnerable children, managing allegations and responding to abuse and neglect
  • act as one of the Local Authority Designated Officers (LADO) undertaking the oversight of managing allegations against people working with children
  • work under the supervision and guidance of the lead LADO who is accountable to the director
  • develop and review the anti-bullying strategy for Children’s Services partners across Borough of Poole under the strategic leadership of the SUH CYPL
  • lead, with the support of other officers, the e-safety agenda for education and other open-access settings in Poole
  • work in the service management teams across children’s services to advise on safeguarding issues; attending management meetings in each unit as required
  • take account of compliance with current and future service unit and council objectives, national legislation and guidance
  • support schools to carry out risk assessments and develop risk management plans for pupils with sexually harmful behaviour
  • promote a quality assurance framework through the use of self-evaluations by schools and child care managers
  • provide a local interpretation of national policy and legislative frameworks and develop the local guidance provided by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) to support senior leadership teams in education settings to comply with legislation and guidance, in order to safeguard pupils
  • research, share and add to the evidence of what promotes resilience and reduces risk in children, young people and families in educational and open access settings in Poole so that safeguarding is a preventative as well as a reactive activity
  • champion children’s rights and promote the participation of children, young people and their families in an ongoing dialogue about their needs and aspirations and their ideas for service improvement


Page last updated: 07 September 2021
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