There are facets of each of these identified risks which pose a threat to a school’s safeguarding objective(s) and which must be managed effectively. There are almost four hundred known issues captured within the CalQRisk knowledgebase that contribute to the complete view of a school’s safeguarding effort. This number will expand as new threats emerge and as the law, regulations and guidelines are changed and / or added to in order to address them. Generally, these issues include ensuring that the relevant policies are in place and circulated, ensuring that associated procedures are laid out and followed and ensuring that the responsible staff member is competent, fully trained and committed to the task.
Part of the evidence requirement outlined in the Ofsted guidelines underpins a concern that the controls which safeguard children’s welfare and safety are not always present all of the time. Recent highly-publicised incidents point to the fact that there have been cases wherein the risk controls have not been as robust as they ought to have been. The Ofsted response is to seek evidence of the controls and by extension send the message to schools that the evidence must exist.
What matters is the effort that is being made in the overall commitment to safeguarding by the entire school in both its ethos and the conducting of its day-to-day affairs. Today’s busy school needs an intelligent way to manage their effort; one in which the evidence of the effort is a by-product of that effort and not additional effort in itself.
Evidence of the school’s Safeguarding Arrangements must be up-to-date and easily accessible. CalQRisk enables a school to capture and assimilate the school’s collective knowledge, assign and oversee tasks and view the school’s Safeguarding position all in one place.
CalQRisk provides an integrated, whole-school solution for GRC management. Contact us today for a demonstration or ask your trusted advisor to do so on your behalf.