Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills

Guidance for Ofsted inspectors to use when inspecting safeguarding under the common inspection framework.



We have published a separate version of this guidance that will come into force on 1 September 2019 with the new education inspection framework. Please use the existing guidance in the meantime.

The handbook sets out what inspectors must consider when inspecting safeguarding. It outlines the evidence that inspectors will look for during inspections and sets out the judgements they will make.

It needs to be read alongside the ‘Common inspection framework: education, skills and early years’ and the individual inspection remit handbooks.

For further reading see Ofsted’ 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 14 May 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added a new version of inspecting safeguarding guidance, to be used alongside the new education inspection framework from September 2019 onwards.
  2. Clarified our guidance in Annex 2 about individuals who start work in settings before their DBS certificates are available.
  3. Updates throughout: see changes note.
  4. Updated to reflect changes in statutory guidance.
  5. Final document for use from September 2015 published.
  6. First published.