Beta This is a test version of the layout of this page. Take the survey to help us improve it

Statutory guidance

Safeguarding children and safer recruitment

This publication was withdrawn on

This has been replaced by more recent statutory guidance Keeping children safe in education

Statutory guidance sets out the responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.


Safeguarding children and safer recruitment in education

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email . Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


This statutory guidance is for:

  • local authorities
  • governing bodies
  • headteachers
  • organisations responsible for safeguarding children

It applies to:

  • mainstream schools
  • academies and free schools
  • pupil referral units
  • non-maintained special schools
  • independent schools
  • sixth-form colleges
  • further education colleges
  • staff recruitment, selection and management

It also provides recruitment best practice guidance for supply agencies providing staff to the education sector, and for contractors working in the education sector.

This guidance is currently under review and will be consolidated with the related guidance below in spring 2014 following the ‘Keeping children safe in education consultation’.

What guidance does this legislation relate to?