Child safeguarding and welfare in schools



If a child is in immediate danger you should contact the police directly and/or an ambulance using 999.

Report a safeguarding concern

If you are worried about the safety or welfare of a child and are satisfied there is no immediate danger, please report it using the Thresholds and Pathways process.

Report a concern

What are my safeguarding responsibilities?

As a school, you must take all necessary steps to keep children healthy, safe and secure.

Your key safeguarding responsibilities are:

  • Safeguarding children
  • Ensuring the suitability of adults who have contact with children
  • Promoting good health
  • Managing behaviour
  • Maintaining records, policies and procedures

Statutory guidance and support

Safeguarding support in Northamptonshire

  • Local safeguarding audit (word 40KB) - An audit tool to assist schools in self evaluating their safeguarding arrangement. The outcomes should inform any subsequent action plan that should be presented annually to the Governing Body.

Domestic abuse - notification for schools

We want to support schools and settings in identifying children and young people living with domestic abuse. We have a domestic abuse notification scheme in Northamptonshire. This enables early intervention and support to be offered to vulnerable children and young people

Notification for schools - find out more

Bullying and online safety

Help and information for schools who are experiencing difficulties relating to e-safety and digital technologies.

Useful safeguarding documents 

  • Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children's Board (NSCB) has a list of procedures and toolkits to assist schools with their safeguarding duties and arrangements
  • The NSPCC has child protection research, tools and resources for schools
  • The Munro Report (PDF 588KB) sets out proposals for reform which, taken together, are intended to create the conditions that enable professionals to make the best judgments about the help to give to children, young people and families
  • The Prevent Duty (PDF 331KB) - contains non-statutory advice for specified authorities, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.