Ofsted safeguarding policy

Ofsted’s safeguarding policy and guidance for inspectors on handling safeguarding disclosures.

Applies to England and Northern Ireland



The safeguarding policy sets out Ofsted’s approach to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. It applies to all areas of Ofsted’s work.

The separate guidance sets out what inspectors should do if they learn during an inspection that a child or learner is being harmed, or is at risk of harm.

Published 5 February 2015
Last updated 1 September 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated the internal contact inspectors should use when arranging a safeguarding referral.

  2. Updated Ofsted's safeguarding policy to reflect our current strategy, and added guidance for inspectors.

  3. The policy now has an annex: assessment of risk in settings, where children attend, because individuals reside on the premises or have access to children and young people.

  4. First published.