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Ofsted and their inspection partners carry out all the required checks for staff who visit nurseries, child-minders, schools and colleges as part of an inspection.

All HMI, Regulatory and Additional Inspectors carry official Ofsted photo identification badges so that schools and other providers know they have passed rigorous safeguarding checks.

Their Inspectors work to government legislation and statutory guidance, which is listed on our 'policies and procedures' page.

Ofsted has launched a number of changes to the way it inspects early years provision, schools and further education and skills. These changes came into effect in September 2015, updated in August 2016, and include:

  • The introduction of a common inspection framework for all early years settings on the Early Years Register, maintained schools and academies, non-association independent schools and further education and skills providers

  • Short inspections for maintained schools, academies and further education and skills providers that were judged good at their last full inspection

  • Ofsted will contract directly with inspectors for maintained schools, academies, non-association independent schools and further education and skills inspections

Useful pages on the Ofsted website include:

The School inspection handbook, Ofsted, August 2016 says about safeguarding:

Inspectors will always have regard for how well children and learners are helped and protected so that they are kept safe. Although inspectors will not provide a separate grade for this key aspect of a provider’s work, inspectors will always make a written judgement under leadership and management in the report about whether or not the arrangements for safeguarding children and learners are effective.

Ofsted has published a document setting out the approach inspectors should take to inspecting safeguarding in all the settings covered by the Common Inspection Framework.

The document ‘Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings’, August 2016,  should be read alongside the framework and this handbook.

It is also essential that inspectors are familiar with the statutory guidance in relation to safeguarding:

On a very small number of occasions, inspectors may come across evidence or allegations of child abuse within a school. Inspectors should consult ‘Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings’. Inspectors must not attempt to investigate the incident.

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