Safeguarding is at the heart of the inspection process. 

Simple checklists lead to a huge problem of a tick-box approach. Inspectors are absolutely focussed on testing the spirit of the law, how it is lived. The trouble is they test the letter too!

BEP seeks to help schools keep all their children safe and avoid unnecessary banana skins during the inspection process. Schools should be most concerned with ensuring every adult understands the necessary policies and processes. During inspections, inspectors want to discover the reality not the theory and so they will talk to children about bullying and who to go to for particular kinds of problems. Inspectors need evidence of how schools deliver an effective, engaging and impactful curriculum about Prevent or Relationships education. They will therefore want to see safeguarding issues integrated and being lived out.

Help with a live safeguarding issue:

** Please note BEP is not involved in any aspect of managing safeguarding cases or complaints. If you need help or advice please contact:

EMAIL jon needham  email razia butt  children’s advice And Support service 


2017 Headteacher’s log of an Ofsted inspection

This document is an example of the Ofsted inspection process.


Safeguarding Policy Update: August 2016

Here is a summary of August 2016 changes

Click here to see the August 2016 updates.

  • New reference to the ‘Prevent’ duty guidance for schools and colleges.
  • New references to safeguarding children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.
  • References to ‘safeguarding policies’ have been replaced with ‘child protection policies’ to fit with statutory guidance. There is also a reference to the need for staff behaviour policies.
  • New reference to including the risks of peer on peer abuse in the child protection policy.
  • Reference to the new requirement for all staff and leaders to receive regular updates on safeguarding at least annually.
  • Clarification that designated members of staff for safeguarding need to have safeguarding training every two years and their knowledge and skills should be refreshed at least annually.
  • Reference to the new requirement that there should be a designated member of staff for safeguarding available at all times that the school/college/setting is open for staff to discuss BEP Website Redevelopment Content concerns.
  • Reference to ensuring that teachers understand the mandatory duty to report known cases of female genital mutilation.
  • Reference to the new requirement for schools and settings to have appropriate filters and monitoring systems in place to protect learners from harmful online material.
  • Clarification that judgements about safeguarding should not be made solely on the evidence presented, but that inspectors should probe further and use additional evidence.
  • Clarification that the lead inspector should run an internet check for safeguarding issues related to the provider as part of pre-inspection planning.
  • Minor changes to the wording of sentences to be used in inspection reports about safeguarding incidents.
  • References to boards of trustees and academy sponsors throughout.
  • References to the requirement to check that teachers are not prohibited from teaching and that managers of independent schools are not prohibited from management. Annex 2 explains that providers should do this using the Teacher Services System.
  • New reference to the factual note published by the Department for Education about the scope of regulated activity.
  • Reference to the strengthened requirement for checks on individuals who have lived or worked outside the UK.
  • New reference to the need for enhanced DBS checks on governors.
  • Additional requirement for section 128 prohibition checks to be recorded on the single central record.
  • Clarification that any checks carried out on volunteers should be recorded on the single central record.