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Education safeguarding in Surrey schools and learning

Safeguarding children and young people is everyone's responsibility. However, school and education staff play a unique role due to their frequent contact with children and families and the relationships that develop over time.

The Education Safeguarding Team provides advice, information and guidance to education settings on their safeguarding arrangements and practice. Our aim is to support education staff with the knowledge and skills to protect every child and young person in Surrey from harm, support them to develop their potential and to create an environment where they feel safe to learn.

  • Senior Lead for Education Safeguarding: Jane Dufton
  • Education Safeguarding Advisor: Adam Colwood
  • Education Safeguarding Advisor: Elisabeth Clark
  • Education Safeguarding Assistant: Samantha Fearnehough

This website is for all education staff and governors to provide safeguarding information and guidance.

Select the links below for more information on:

How to contact the Education Safeguarding Team

  • If you are a member of school staff

Contact the Education Safeguarding Team if you require advice on any aspect of safeguarding arrangements or incidents in schools and learning.


Secure email:

Telephone: 01483 517771

To make a referral to Surrey Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) please contact the MASH directly. If you are a member of school staff please use the Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF) when emailing the MASH. In an emergency please call 999. Never delay action to protect a child.

  • If you are a parent/carer or member of the public

If you are worried about a child please contact the Surrey Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). In an emergency please phone 999.

If you are a parent/carer and would like advice or support about your child's education please telephone the Contact Centre on 0300 200 1004 or email

Policies, procedures and guidance

There are a number of resources to support effective safeguarding arrangements in schools and colleges. These include Surrey County Council and Department for Education (DfE) policies, procedures and guidance documents and external links.

Designated safeguarding lead

Every school must have a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) who is a member of the senior leadership team and appointed by the governing body. The DSL is at the forefront of shaping a culture of safeguarding and is the champion of safeguarding throughout the school.

Both Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016) require that all schools have a Designated Safeguarding Lead in place to provide support to staff members to carry out their safeguarding duties and who will liaise closely with other services such as children's social care.

We provide information specially for DSLs.

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Developing our skills and knowledge is essential for recognising potential indicators of abuse and neglect and being confident in how to respond. Visit the training page for more details. For Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) training please see the specific DSL page.

Training is provided via the Surrey Safeguarding Children's Board (SSCB) and by our partner Babcock 4S.

Safer recruitment

Recruitment and selection processes should be fully compliant with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016 and Governor Services Training. A safeguarding statement should be placed in all adverts and references for shortlisted candidates should be collected prior to interview and used as part of the recruitment process. Prior to appointment recruitment files should be checked and signed off by a member of SLT to ensure all necessary checks have been completed.

All interview panels who select staff working in schools should include at least one person who has successfully completed safer recruitment training. The training can be accessed for free through Surrey Skills Academy.

Settings should also follow the guidance from SSCB on the recruitment of staff.

Hot topics in education safeguarding

Alongside abuse and neglect, children and young people can face other safeguarding issues such as child sexual exploitation and radicalisation. We provide additional information on a range of topics.

Managing allegations against staff and safer working in education

Allegations of abuse made against a teacher or any other member of staff or volunteer in an education setting should be dealt with fairly, quickly, and consistently. This will provide effective protection for the child and at the same time support for the person who is the subject of the allegation. Further information can be found in our managing allegations against staff page.

School staff/volunteers should report concern about a member of staff to the headteacher/principal without delay. If the concern is about the head teacher/principal it should be reported to the chair of governors.


The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) – an independent and impartial body reporting to Parliament – inspects and regulates services caring for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of any age.

Through inspections and regulatory visits, it promotes improvement and value for money, for the benefit of children, young people, parents, carers, adult learners and employers.

The Education Safeguarding Team provide further information on Ofsted inspection of safeguarding.

Online safety (e-safety)

A school's responsibility for keeping children and young people safe and protected from harm within and outside school includes online safety. We provide guidance on online safety in school.


Bullying of any kind is unacceptable and schools should have policies and strategies in place to prevent and respond to bullying. Additional information on anti-bullying is available.