This is statutory guidance from the Department for Education issued under Section 175 of the Education Act 2002, the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 and the Education (Non-Maintained Special Schools) (England) Regulations 2011. Schools and colleges must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Unless otherwise specified, ‘school’ means all schools whether maintained, non-maintained or independent schools, including academies and free schools, alternative provision academies and pupil referral units. ‘School’ includes maintained nursery schools
‘College’ means further education colleges and sixth-form colleges as established under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992, and relates to their responsibilities towards children under the age of 18, but excludes 16-19 academies and free schools (which are required to comply with relevant safeguarding legislation by virtue of their funding agreement).
This document contains information on what schools and colleges should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools and colleges must comply. It should be read alongside statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 which applies to all the schools referred to above, and departmental advice What to do if you are worried a child is being abused 2015- Advice for practitioners.