Designated Safeguarding Leads
“Working together to safeguard Children” outlined the requirement for schools to have a designated professional lead for safeguarding.
Their role is to support other professionals in their school/setting/college to recognise the needs of children, including rescue from possible abuse or neglect.
Designated professional roles should always be explicitly defined in job descriptions.
Professionals should be given sufficient time, funding, supervision and support to fulfil their child welfare and safeguarding responsibilities effectively.
The SCiES team organise termly meetings across the authority at which updates, relevant to the role, are given and key agencies are invited to attend in order to support this vital role.
Should you have any queries do not hesitate to contact the team.
Working Together to Safeguard Children reminds us that safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. Good record keeping is an important part of professional accountability to children and their families; it will assist Designated Safeguarding Leads in meeting their key responsibility to respond appropriately to welfare concerns about children.
Often it is only when a number of seemingly minor issues are taken as a whole that a safeguarding or child protection concern becomes evident. Clear accurate records mean that families and professionals only need to tell their story once.
Other useful resources
Voice of the child