Support for safeguarding in schools

The Standards and Learning Effectiveness Service (SLES) provides a range of services to support schools, academies and FE colleges with improving provision for safeguarding, some of which are traded. These include conducting safeguarding practice reviews in schools, offering bespoke consultancy in schools, providing whole staff training in safeguarding, and conducting investigations where there are complaints or concerns raised. SLES also facilitate regular networks for Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) which are largely grouped within Education Improvement Partnerships (EIPs). All DSLs are welcome to attend and contribute ideas for agendas and discussion items. Please contact the SLES safeguarding team for more information.


The 175 (157 for Independent Schools) Safeguarding Audit Toolkit and Action Plan for Schools/Academies and Colleges NEW 2017-18 version is now available for completion. The toolkit has been completely re-modelled and streamlined to aid school completion and LA collation and analysis. Please note that:

  • the deadline for returning the audit is Friday 5 January 2018
  • the email address to return the audit is
  • all enquiries regarding the actual completion of the toolkit should be directed to Katharine Finnigan 01273 482901 (please note that Katharine works part–time hours, Tuesday-Fridays)

The Safeguarding Governors’ Checklist 2017-18 has also been updated to reflect the NEW 2017-18 175/157 Audit Toolkit.