Safeguarding Children & Child Protection
Link Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and candidates on its register to share this commitment and to be fully aware of the importance of child protection.
Link Education strictly adheres to the specific recruitment and vetting checks which must be made on all people who wish to work with children and young persons. These requirements, outlined in the DfE document: Keeping Children Safe in Education, have statutory force and are clearly incorporated into Link Education's policy. Detailed information of all checks are recorded and held on our database.
We advise teachers and support staff to read through the following PDF documents:
- Keeping Children Safe in Education
- Link Education Safeguarding Booklet
- Link Education Child Protection Booklet
Every school is required by law to have statutory policies, as outlined by the Department for Education's "Statutory Policies for Schools" last updated in September 2014.
One of these policies is a child protection (or safeguarding) policy explaining how it safeguards pupils by providing a safe and secure environment to minimise the risk of harm to pupils.
Teachers are advised to ask each school for a copy of this policy or look on the school's website for this material prior to arriving at the school.
Disqualification by Association
In October 2014 the Government issued supplementary guidance. This guidance explained that school staff are disqualified from working in a school if they 'live or work in the same household' as someone who is barred from working with young children or young people, even if they were otherwise not disqualified themselves.
In February 2015 (updated June 2016) the Government issued new guidance which replaces the October 2014 document and clarifies the position with regard to schools called Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006.
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