Leading On - Safeguarding: Developing a positive culture

Safeguarding presents a daily challenge for school and college leaders and when it goes wrong it can have serious implications for the organisation and the leaders of that organisation. This webinar will explore the demands safeguarding makes on senior leaders and the latest guidance to ensure the school or college’s response is effective.

The session will consider the daily operation of safeguarding in a school or college and the strategic leadership of safeguarding. Particular attention will be given to the difficult decisions leaders must make in responding to safeguarding issues.

Examine how leaders can implement systems and structures with clear roles and responsibilities and be confident they are meeting expectations for safeguarding. It will explore how senior leaders can ensure high quality safeguarding by developing a positive culture and ethos for learning.

Participants will be encouraged to think about the important messages leaders can give about the safeguarding role of all members of the school community.
There will be an opportunity to think about how leaders can use student voice, engagement with parents, empowering staff, and transparent leadership, as strategies to achieve effective safeguarding. It will discuss the negative impact lack of feedback can have on safeguarding in an organisation and l encourage school and college leaders to develop a ‘psychologically safe environment’.


Participants will:

  • be aware of the challenges and expectations presented by safeguarding for senior leaders 
  • have clarity about the role of senior leaders in ensuring effective safeguarding 
  • understand how senior leaders can develop a positive culture for safeguarding, which supports academic achievement and the personal development of learners.
There will also be the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with other attendees.

The following roles in Secondary, Primary, Special/PRU, All through, Post-16/FE and MATs:

  • ​Executive Head, CEO, Headteacher/Principal
  • Deputy Head/Vice Principal
  • Assistant Head/Assistant Principal        
  • Aspiring leaders
  • Middle leaders/HODs/Subject Specialists

To attend this webinar live, you will need to ensure you have access to a computer or device that meets the Zoom system requirements.

If you cannot attend live you will receive a copy of the recording, links to any resources discussed, and the opportunity to submit questions.

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Phil Jones

National Chair, National Association for Pastoral Care in Education (NAPCE) 

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