Ofsted safeguarding policy

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



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 8 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated Ofsted's safeguarding policy to reflect our current strategy, and added guidance for inspectors.

  2. 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.

  3. First published.