Ofsted updates keeping children safe in education

The way Ofsted will be inspecting and reporting on schools’ safeguarding has just changed. It will come as no surprise to learn that it has become even more demanding…

This article might be useful as it brings all the reference material into one place.

The new Ofsted Common Inspection Framework (see it here) came into effect this September and places a duty on schools to create and embed ‘a culture of vigilance’  in which all staff understand all the potential safeguarding risks – and are able to report them.

As well as all the risks of physical, emotional and sexual harm, Ofsted has broadened its ‘safeguarding’ remit to include online safety and the Prevent duty (which became compulsory in schools in July this year).

See also DfE’s “Keeping Children Safe in Education” document.

Unsurprisingly, many schools are concerned about how to deliver effective training to all staff on such a wide range of potential risks and the September term is seeing a flurry of activity to meet this new requirement as soon as possible.

At Connex, we are totally committed to keeping children and young people safe. In keeping with our promise, all of our staff and teachers have completed safeguarding training. Schools can be completely confident in our service and our staff, knowing we are doing all that we can, keeping children safe in education. We are very proud of our track record and standards, and we are never complacent.

Our Safeguarding and Vetting procedures are far more stringent than national legislation, or the DfE, require. As well as meeting all the industry standards, we are holders of the REC Audited Education – the leading standard for education recruitment agencies.(This standard includes regular external audits, so you don’t have to take our word for how good we are).

We vet all staff rigorously. Schools receive written confirmation of every check carried out.


All of Connex’s staff are rigorously vetted by us. Schools are provided with an email confirmation which clearly states that all the checks required by the DfE have been carried out.

These checks include:

  • Pre-screening telephone interview
  • Face-to-face interview
  • References
  • I.D. check & Right to Work
  • Previous employment history
  • Barred List check (formerly List 99)
  • Enhanced DBS
  • Qualifications & QTS
  • Overseas Police Check
  • Teacher Agency & Prohibited Check
  • Disqualification & Disqualification by association declaration