What is child protection in education?

Ensuring child protection in education: Understanding legislation, best practices, and responsibilities

Child protection in educational settings is not just a legal requirement but a moral obligation that ensures the safety and well-being of children under our care. In this blog, Anna delves into the critical aspects of child protection, from legislation to best practices, aiming to equip educators and stakeholders with essential knowledge to create safer learning environments.

Key facts and statistics

  • According to NSPCC, approximately 1 in 20 children in the UK have experienced some form of sexual abuse (NSPCC, 2020).
  • Safeguarding incidents reported in schools have risen by 35% over the past five years (Department for Education, 2023).

Key definitions

Child protection involves safeguarding children from abuse and neglect. It includes protecting children from exploitation, ensuring their rights to safe education, and promoting their welfare.

Relevant legislation, regulations, and best practices

  • Legislation - The Children Act 1989 and 2004, safeguarding responsibilities of schools under the Education Act 2002.
  • Regulations - Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) statutory guidance, updated regularly by the Department for Education.
  • Best practice - Implementing robust safeguarding policies and procedures, conducting thorough background checks for staff, and providing regular training on child protection issues.

Understanding child protection responsibilities

Educational institutions must designate a designated safeguarding lead (DSL) and have clear reporting mechanisms for concerns regarding child welfare. Regular risk assessments and safeguarding audits are essential to identify and mitigate risks effectively.

Recognising signs of abuse

Educators should be trained to recognise signs of abuse, including physical, emotional, and behavioural indicators. Prompt reporting and intervention can prevent further harm to children.

Educating children on safeguarding

Incorporating age-appropriate safeguarding education into the curriculum empowers children to identify risks, seek help, and understand their rights. It fosters a culture of openness and trust within the school community.


  • Ensure all staff receive regular safeguarding training and updates.
  • Conduct thorough background checks for all employees and volunteers.
  • Foster a culture where safeguarding concerns are taken seriously and addressed promptly.
  • Collaborate with parents and external agencies to support children at risk effectively.


Child protection in education is a shared responsibility that requires vigilance, knowledge, and proactive measures from all stakeholders. By adhering to legislation, implementing best practices, and prioritising child welfare, educational institutions can create safer environments where children can thrive.

Click here to stay informed and take proactive steps to enhance child protection in your educational setting. Visit our website to explore our child protection training courses and resources to support your safeguarding efforts.

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Anna Nova Galeon

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