Frequently asked questions

Can school staff use force to control a pupil?

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Under Section 93 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 all school staff have a legal power to use reasonable force to prevent pupils from: • committing a criminal offence • injuring Read more >

What does time out and seclusion mean?

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Policies on restrictive physical interventions should include reference to the following: The distinction between: • Seclusion where a pupil is forced to spend time alone against their will • Read more >

When inspecting safe recruitment what does Estyn look for?

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The answer to this question will vary according to the sector being inspected, as Estyn’s statutory duties and powers vary across these. Read more >

How does Estyn respond to complaints about providers if it has a safeguarding element?

If Estyn receives a complaint relating to an individual child that indicates safeguarding issues, or about a possible abuser, this will be referred immediately to Estyn’s safeguarding officer. Read more >

What is Estyn's role in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults?

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Estyn’s inspection obligations in independent and maintained schools is to report on the contribution made by the school to the wellbeing of pupils. Read more >

What sort of safeguarding training should education staff receive?

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The level and content to safeguarding training is the prerogative of the LSCB following generic guidance in the all Wales safeguarding etc. Read more >

Who should receive basic level safeguarding training?

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Individual agencies are responsible for ensuring that all their staff are competent and confident to carry out their responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare. There are Read more >

Who decides what safeguarding training staff should receive?

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It is the responsibility of the LSCB to oversee the training available to relevant agencies and their staff within a given area. Read more >

What is a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)?

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Following Lord Laming’s inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbie, the Children Act 2004 required all Local Authorities across England and Wales to set up a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). Read more >

Who is responsible for safeguarding?

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The Lord Laming report (2003) emphasised that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. This means that in an education setting (including bodies such as Estyn), everyone should know who to Read more >