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As an accredited provider of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) the University is bound by the ITT Criteria 2023/2024 which sets out the following requirements and adheres to these for all ITE and Work Based Learning Experiences:

‘Providers should have regard to the Keeping children safe in education statutory guidance when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. They should ensure all trainees have been subject to appropriate pre-selection checks. This will include obtaining and considering Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records checks and children’s barred list information’.

Our procedure in response to this DBS requirement is that every student goes through an enhanced DBS check as part of their conditions for entry/enrolment on their ITE course. Where something is raised on the DBS this is considered on a case by case basis through a triage process with a panel of professionals, comprising representatives from partner schools, settings or colleges and from the Faculty of Education.

Trainee will be able to provide their placement school with proof of an electronic letter from the university at the start of their placement. The DBS letter contains their DBS number and clearance date. Trainees are also able to provide their DBS certificate upon request.

Prior to placement all trainees complete online Safeguarding training (Safeguarding Children – Levels 1 and 2) including Prevent and radicalisation. All trainees are instructed to read and be familiar with ‘Keeping children safe in education (2022): Statutory guidance for schools and colleges’.

All safeguarding concerns should be raised with the Designated Safeguarding Lead in your setting in the first instance and in accordance with the guidance and procedures in your setting. You should also email [email protected] detailing the nature of the concerns and alert the relevant LT that you have a safeguarding concern. These actions should be undertaken as a priority. [email protected] is a confidential inbox managed by the Faculty Safeguarding Lead who will be best placed to respond/action as appropriate.

Safeguarding reporting form and policy

If a trainee needs to report a safeguarding disclosure during their Professional Practice they should follow all procedures in their setting and complete the Safeguarding Reporting Form.

You can read about the Edge Hill Safeguarding Policy.

Safeguarding guidance

The document below is the guidance provided to all trainees for the current academic year. It is provided here for your information. We have also provided our current Safeguarding and Digital well-being curriculum and our process for trainees to report safeguarding concerns related to children, young people and vulnerable adults.