Dealing with child abuse in schools

An article in the Guardian discusses how school leaders deal with abuse allegations and looks at the statutory guidance which informs them. The article highlights some areas of confusion and lack of clarity in  the guidance to schools stating “schools are under no compulsion to inform the local authority designated officer (LADO) when an allegation is made, although they they are strongly advised to do so”.  School staff quoted in the article speak of the need for quality training and leadership in schools and express varying views on whether having discretion in reporting abuse allegations is a good thing or not.

The main guidance documents  for schools on safeguarding are:

  •  Working Together to Safeguard Children
  •  Dealing with Allegations of Abuse
  •  Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education