Withdrawn: Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills

Guidance for Ofsted inspectors to use when inspecting safeguarding under the common inspection framework from September 2015 to August 2019.

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Applies to England



This relates to the common inspection framework, which we used until September 2019. We now inspect under the education inspection framework.

Anything relating to the old framework will remain online until October 2019 for reference purposes only.

For further reading see Ofsted’s safeguarding policy and ‘Guidance for inspectors: what to do if a child or young person discloses a safeguarding concern’.

Published 15 June 2015
Last updated 2 September 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added directions to 'Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills guidance' for use from 1 September 2019.

  2. Added a new version of inspecting safeguarding guidance, to be used alongside the new education inspection framework from September 2019 onwards.

  3. Clarified our guidance in Annex 2 about individuals who start work in settings before their DBS certificates are available.

  4. Updates throughout: see changes note.

  5. Updated to reflect changes in statutory guidance.

  6. Final document for use from September 2015 published.

  7. First published.