Education Safeguarding Advice Service  provides professionals working within the Education sector with information to help keep children and young people safe.

Keeping_Children_Safe_in_Education is the statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment.

Designated Child Protection Teachers and Governors

All schools and educational settings must have a named person with safeguarding responsibilities. 

  • In schools these are known as Designated and Deputy Designated Child Protection Teachers
  • In colleges they are known as Designated Safeguarding Officers

Staffordshire Education Safeguarding Advice Service

Shools and education settings (including colleges) should contact Staffordshire County Council’s Education Safeguarding Advice Service for advice:

Telephone: 01785 895836

(Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm)

This dedicated telephone line will be the single route for education safeguarding advice which:

  • Does not require immediate referral / communication with the First Response Team or
  • Is a safeguarding concern or issue which cannot be supported by the Local Support Team

For example, if you would like advice on:

  • An unresolved professional disagreement regarding a safeguarding issue
  • Managing risk
  • Policy and procedure issues

The service will be managed by the Education Safeguarding Specialists, within the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

The service does not replace the First Response Team or Local Support Teams.  Designated Senior Person for Child Protection must refer safeguarding concerns appropriately and in a timely manner using the SSCB threshold model.

Please note Staffordshire Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) advice is not available through this service.  Staffordshire LADO can be contacted through the First Response Team on 0800 1313 126.

Please use the link below to access further information about Staffordshire Early Help Assessments:

Staffordshire Early Help Assessments

Useful Information

Section 4A managing allegations against a person who works with children


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"Safeguarding in Schools - best practice" is an Ofsted report which illustrates and evaluates the features of best practice in safeguarding, based on inspection evidence from schools inspected between September 2009 and July 2010 where safeguarding had been judged outstanding. It makes for useful reading for schools looking to improve their practice and procedures.

The Department for Education has produced Dealing with Allegations of Abuse against Teachers and other Staff. 

LADO Leaflet