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Safeguarding in Education

This webpage is designed to provide relevant safeguarding guidance, resources and support to Designated Safeguarding Leads, (DSLs) Head Teachers and Governors within an education environment.


Making a Referral into Single Point of Access (SPA) & Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

Please follow the link to access the DSCB Multi Agency Referral Form via the Report It page.

LADO - Managing Allegations

(people working with children/young people in a Position of Trust)

The Local Authority Desigated Officer's role is to offer gudiance and support when an allegation is made against any adult who comes into contact with children in either a paid or unpaid capacity.  The DSL/Proprietor/Employer/Governor MUST contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) within 1 (one) working day.

Link to the LADO Process flowchart for allegations/concerns against staff in a paid or voluntary position.

How to contact and refer into Dudley Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

Dudley's LADO: Yvonne Nelson-Brown allegations@dudley.gcsx.gov.uk 


National Guidance   



Local Guidance


Local Policies 


Templates & Safeguarding Resources


Learning from Serious Case Reviews (SCR)


Online Safety

Guidance about the use of images visit Dudley's e-safety page




Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Forced Marriage/Honour Based Violence (HBV) 


Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) 


PREVENT, Extremism and Radicalisation    

PC 6748 Matt Dyson, Prevent Officer WM CTU
tel:  101 ext 871 3020  07825 862 128


  Prevent Resources - Safe and Sound


Private Fostering  

  • Private fostering is an arrangement made privately (i.e not involving the local authority). A private foster carer is someone other than a parent or close relative that takes on the day-to-day care of a child. The parent retains overall responsibility for the welfare of the child. It is an arrangement that lasts for a period of 28 days or more in agreement with the child’s parent. Private fostering applies to a child under the age of 16, or under 18, if disabled.

    Many children who privately fostered are not known to be privately fostered by the services, institutions and people working with them. Privately fostered children are much more vulnerable because of their invisibility, and because services do not always record and report information about them.

    Private foster carers may be from extended family – such as a cousin, a great aunt, a friend or someone unknown to the child who is willing to privately foster. Those who have the following relationship to the child are not considered private foster carers:

    ·         A grandparent,

    ·         a brother or sister,

    ·         an aunt or uncle (whether of full blood or half-blood by marriage) and

    ·         step-parents even if they are not married to the parent and are now separated

    Privately fostered children are often made more vulnerable by their living circumstances and by their status, as they are often not identified and made known to their local authority.  

s175/s157 Schools/College Safeguarding Audit

In relation to section 175/157 of Education Act 2002 Local Authorities require school governing bodies, local education authorities and further education institutions to make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  Audits will be commissioned by the Local Authority bi-annually.  


Useful links: (News, Guidance, Advice, Learning)



DSL Forum @ Saltwells Education Centre 2017/18

(please note: all speakers powerpoint presentations and key information will be sent electronically to DSLs after each Forum.)

Safeguarding Education Reference Group


**SAFEGUARDING IN EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2018** 30 April 2018 @ Saltwells.



Please note: admin assistant for booking onto schools safeguarding training is Rebecca Croft rebecca.croft@dudley.gov.uk  01384 813777 

To book the following courses please use: EduSG.training@dudley.gov.uk

  • What to do if? - for training up to the end of July 2018

  • Safeguarding in Education - formally known as 'Intermediate'

  • One Day DSL Refresher Training

  • Two Day DSL Training (for newly appointed DSLs)

 Intermediate and What to do if? safeguarding training sessions will continue to be delivered at Saltwells (for staff new in Education)

Intermediate and What to do if? Training - Dates for 2018

Intermediate - 10th January 2018 

Intermediate  - 14th February 2018

What to Do if?  - 5th March 2018

Safeguarding in Education Training (formally Intermediate) - 9th May 2018

What to Do if ? - 7th June 2018

Safeguarding in Education Training (formally Intermediate)  - 9th July 2018

 DSL Newly Appointed Training - Dates for 2018

  • 29th/30th January 2018 (Old Programme)

  • 10th/11th May  2018 (New Programme)

  • 19th/20th September 2018

  • 27th/28th November 2018

 DSL Refresher Training - Dates for 2018 

  • 19th January 2018 (Old Programme)

  • 1st May 2018 (Launch New Programme)

  • 15th June 2018

  • 27th September 2018

  • 21st November  2018

  To access DSCB Safeguarding Training Information:  click the training page

Dudley Children's Safeguarding Board (DSCB) offer are variety of safeguarding training which include the following topics: CSE, Learning from Serious Case Reviews, Domestic Violence, Safer Recruitment, Safeguarding Children in a Digital World and Young People in Abusive Relationships.  To book onto training click the 'training page' hyperlink above.


Disclaimer: The website is accurate as of 14 February 2018  

For further safeguarding information or to report a query within the safeguarding in education page, please contact:

Rebecca Jessup

Safeguarding Lead Education


Mobile: 07973 914583

01384 816822