It is important to ensure your safeguarding policies and procedures remain current and relevant. This isn’t just a matter of complying with changes in legislation – it also means you must be able to respond to emerging safeguarding risks.

In recent years, schools have been faced with a number of such risks, many of which are linked to the rise of digital technology and social media – sexting, for example, as well as cyber-bullying, online gaming and radicalisation.

Others may have their roots in cultural practices, beliefs and faith systems, for example Female Genital Mutilation and forced marriage.

Read more about how your school can adapt to the challenge of emerging safeguarding risks.