Abuse and Young People

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Ofsted safeguarding policy and procedures

|This document outlines Ofsted’s policy on responding to concerns regarding the safeguarding and protection of children and young people | |aged under 18 years. This policy, combined with the associated procedures, provides guidance to all staff who may come across concerns of| |this nature within the context of their work for Ofsted. |

Age group: All
Published: September 2010
Reference no: 100183

Contents

Part 1. Safeguarding children and young people policy4
Purpose of this document4
The definition of safeguarding5
Aims and objectives of the policy6
Ofsted’s responsibilities6
Future action8
Part 2. Procedures for responding to specific child protection concerns about children at risk of significant harm8
Section 1. Scope of the procedure8
Section 2. Immediate action to take if, as a member of Ofsted staff, you observe abuse while it is taking place10
Section 3. Immediate action to take if you receive an allegation of possible significant harm to a child or young person11 Section 4. Identification of level of concern and next steps13 Section 5. Subsequent action in all cases14

Section 6. National Business Unit, CIE staff, and the Ofsted complaints team15 Section 7. Allegations about a member of Ofsted staff16
Section 8. Concerns arising during registration16
Part 3. Safeguarding vulnerable adults16
Policy and procedures16
Annex 1. Definitions20
Annex 2. Complaints or concerns about our staff28
Annex 3. The legislative context32
Annex 4. Safeguarding flowchart43

Part 1. Safeguarding children and young people policy

1. Ofsted’s aim is to ensure, through effective inspection and regulation, that outcomes for children and young people are improved by the receipt of better care, services and education. Improved outcomes can only be achieved if children are safe from harm. Therefore, safeguarding the welfare of children is part of our core business.

Purpose of this document

2. The purpose of this document is to outline Ofsted’s policy on responding to concerns regarding the safeguarding and protection of children and young people aged under 18 years.[1] This policy, combined with the associated procedures, provides guidance to all staff who may come across concerns of this nature within the context of their work for Ofsted. This includes:

■ all members of Ofsted’s workforce, both inspectors and office based staff

■ additional inspectors

■ individuals, consultants and agencies contracted by Ofsted.

The policy seeks to promote effective multi-agency working in light of the Children Act 2004 and Working together to safeguard children (DCSF, (now DfE) 2010).[2] Further guidance to inspectors can also be found on the regularly updated Frequently Asked Questions on our website: www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-home/About-us/FAQs/Safeguarding.

Some Ofsted inspections are of settings and services for vulnerable young people and adults. Ofsted has a linked policy and procedure for responding to concerns regarding the protection of vulnerable adults when these are identified through inspection or other activity. This can be found in Part 3 of this document. While the legislative and policy base is different when responding to the safeguarding needs of vulnerable adults, most of the principles and procedures for staff are the same.

The definition of safeguarding

3. Ofsted adopts the definition used in the Children Act 2004 and the Department for Education (DCSF (now DfE)) guidance document Working together to safeguard children (2010, paragraph 1.20), which focuses on safeguarding and promoting children and young people’s welfare and can be summarised as:

■ protecting children from maltreatment

■ preventing impairment of children’s health or development

■...
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