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Schools and Colleges Safeguarding Page

The WSCP publishes a model Safeguarding policy for schools which they (and other agencies) can adapt for their own setting. The policy can be downloaded below:




Course Type Date and Time Location and Room
½ day Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Refresher MONDAY 25 NOVEMBER – 09:30am until 13:00pm Birkenhead Town Hall – Wirral Room
Whole Staff Safeguarding Training*** MONDAY 09 DECEMBER – 09:30am until 12:30pm Birkenhead Town Hall – Green Room
Safer Recruitment Training MONDAY 04 NOVEMBER – 09:30am until 13:00pm Birkenhead Town Hall – Wirral Room
Managing Allegations FRIDAY 08 NOVEMBER – 09:30am until 13:30pm The Engineering College – CH41 5LH
Spring Term:
Training Course Date Venue Spaces? Times
Designated Safeguarding Lead (Full Day) Monday 13 January 2020 Wirral Room Spaces available 9:30am – 16:30pm
Whole Staff Safeguarding Training Monday 20 January 2020 Wirral Room Spaces available 9:30pm – 12:30pm
Designated Safeguarding Lead (Refresher) Friday 24 January 2020 Green Room Spaces available 9:30am – 1:00pm
Safer Recruitment (1/2 Day) Friday 31 January 2020 Green Room Spaces available 9:30am – 1:00pm
Managing Allegations Training Tuesday 04 February 2020 Wirral Room Spaces available 9:30pm – 13:00pm
Whole Staff Safeguarding Training Friday 06 March 2020 Green Room Spaces available 9:30am – 12:30pm

***A 3 hour session for staff that have missed their on site safeguarding training

To book onto the courses above, please click here:

To book whole staff safeguarding training to be delivered on your schools or college site (£400.00 for unlimited delegates), or a ‘Safeguarding Health Check’ (£450.00 for a 1/2 day) then please call Amanda on 0151 666 4822. 


The new website is now live and allows all providers to input their payment details at registration point and the guidance for which can be found here: WSCP Website Training Booking Guidance for Schools and Colleges

Training venues will be local and all training programmes have been validated by the Safeguarding Board.  Any bespoke requests will be considered and for further enquiries please contact: Amanda Waterfall


Designated Safeguarding Lead Training:

  • It has given me the tools that will provide confidence to trust judgements and report concerns
  • Better informed regarding pre-work referral e.g. Graded Care Profile
  • ‘Amanda is informative, approachable and just great!’
  • Really pleased with the breadth of knowledge and range of criteria discussed today, thank you!
  • As new to the role, I have come away confident to recognise and respond to disclosures
  • The knowledge of the trainer along with the ability to make you feel like nothing you asked was a silly question was great, really enjoyed it!’

Safer Recruitment:

  • A much clearer understanding of recruiting safely – thank you!
  • Excellent delivery and knowledge
  • Thorough training, that gave a good insight into policy and procedure, as well as best practice
  • A very interesting course and so relevant to my role
  • Clear and concise, excellent info, well presented
  • Use element to support safer recruitment processes

Whole Staff Safeguarding Training:

  • Great to be able to hear others views and share thoughts
  • Lovely trainer and great course with excellent information
  • The course has given me the confidence to carry out what we have learnt
  • The session has given me a strong understanding of how to refer into services
  • Brilliant to refresh my knowledge
  • Excellent trainer and fantastic update training


Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Schools and colleges have a key role in ensuring children and young people are kept safe. School and college staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early, provide help for children, and prevent concerns from escalating.

All school and college staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn. To lead the safeguarding function in schools and colleges each school and college has a designated safeguarding lead who will 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. Within each school and college there are responsibilities which apply to every member of staff and these include:

Identifying children who may require support from children’s social care or from early help services

  • Knowing how to make a referral into the Integrated Front Door (IFD) and know the function of the Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
  • Being familiar with the schools safeguarding/child protection policies and procedures and their code of conduct
  • Understanding the role of the designated safeguarding lead and knowing who they are and how to contact them.

Key Documents

There are two key statutory guidance documents for schools and colleges which detail their responsibilities to keep children and safe and to promote their welfare; Keeping Children safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children. Both can be downloaded below:

Keeping Children Safe in Education -September 2019

Working_Together_to_Safeguard_Children  from August 2018

Also included below is a guidance document for safer working practices in schools published by the Safer Recruitment Consortium and recommended by the DfE.

Guidance for safer working practice for those working with children and young people

Safeguarding Policies and Procedures

The Wirral Safeguarding Children Partnership (WSCP) publishes a full set of multi-agency safeguarding policies and procedures which can be accessed here:

There is also useful information for schools on this website about what to do if you have concerns about a child, and guidance information for key safeguarding issues such as child exploitation, contextual safeguarding, domestic abuse, child abuse, radicalisation, e-safety, private fostering, etc.

Working with schools the WSCP has also developed  a Safeguarding Reflection document which can form the basis of reflection sessions for staff who routinely attend child protection, child in need or team around the family multi-agency meetings. The document can be downloaded below:


Schools Model Drug Policy – Barnardos have developed a model policy regarding drugs to be adapted and can be accessed below:

Wirral Schools Drug Policy Template (Updated October 2019)

The WSCP has developed a Visitors to Schools guidance document for schools which you may want to adopt/modify:

Visitors to Schools Protocol Sept 2019

Section 175 Safeguarding Audit

Schools and colleges have a statutory duty under Working Together to Safeguard Children and Section 175 of the Education Act (2002) to provide assurance to the WSCP about arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Assurance is primarily provided through completion of the annual Section 175 safeguarding audit which is completed online. More information and details of how to register are available here:

Safeguarding Training

The WSCP offers a programme of multi-agency safeguarding training which schools can access. The Board also offers a suite of bespoke safeguarding training courses for schools.  Details of the training and how to book can be found on the website HERE