Governor Support Team - safeguarding children

Safeguarding Children is Everyone's Business

Everyone has a responsibility to protect children from harm.  Some children can be at risk of neglect, emotional harm, physical abuse and sexual abuse in any environment including with close family members as well as strangers.

Supporting your role

The statutory guidance, Keeping children safe in education, places requirements on all boards to ensure their schools have effective safeguarding policies and procedures in place that take into account local risks, any statutory guidance issued by the Secretary of State, any Local Authority guidance and locally agreed inter-agency procedures.

All governors must have a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check done, we have provided some links below to information which you may find useful;

Governance of Safeguarding - Key List of Governing Board Responsibilities

Ofsted: Judgements and the Features of Effective Safeguarding

There are a number of e-Learning courses available on the Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board's website.

You will need to register with the Cumbria LSCB Safeguarding e-Academy, but this will provide access to all the sessions listed in their e-Learning brochure and are provided free of charge to partners of Cumbria County Council, this includes all maintained schools, academies and free schools.  We advise for best practice that all governors complete the (e-Learning):

There is a requirement for at least one member of a recruitment panel to be appropriately trained in line with safeguarding guidance.

Specific and detailed information about required safer recruitment practices can be found within the  Keeping children safe in education  statutory guidance.  Those governors responsible for appointing staff in schools should make themselves familiar with Part 3: Safer recruitment section of this guidance.  Keeping children safe in education should be read together with  Working together to safeguard children.

Safer Recruitment e-Learning training is available at:

Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board have a number of e-learning sessions available. After completion of the Safer Recruitment course and short assessment, you will be able to download a personalised certificate of achievement.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children  have developed an online training course, once you have successfully completed this course you can download a personalised certificate of achievement.  There is a cost implication for this course.

If you are concerned that a child or young person is in an emergency situation you should contact the police urgently on 999. 

Any other concerns about a child should be referred to the Cumbria Safeguarding Hub on 0333 240 1727. 

Your school will have details of the LA Designated Officer (LADO) who can also be contacted regarding safeguarding concerns. 

Further details can be found on the Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) site.