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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 Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

Making a Referral into Early Help (non statutory)

LADO - Managing Allegations (People working with children/young people in a Position of Trust) - Dudley LADO: Yvonne Nelson-Brown

The Local Authority Desigated Officer's role is to offer guidance 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)



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) 


Sexuality & Gender


Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB)


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.  

  • Angela Marsh - Dudley Private Fostering Contact - Angela.Marsh@dudley.gov.uk


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)

Resources for children with additional needs:


Useful resources for all ages:



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




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


Safeguarding in Education Training (formally Intermediate)

9th May 2018

12th June 2018

9th July 2018

What to Do if?

7th June 2018

DSL Newly Appointed - 2 day

10th/11th May 2018 (new programme)

19th/20th September 2018

27th/28th Noember 2018

DSL Refresher Training - 1 day

1st May 2018 (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 15 May 2018  

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

Rebecca Jessup

Safeguarding Lead Education