ISI aims to ensure that children are safe in all the settings we inspect and in addition that they are supported and enabled to keep themselves safe. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is a central purpose of inspection and all staff, inspectors and directors must be aware of their responsibilities in this regard.  We have a culture of continuous reflection and self-improvement and we keep our policies and practices under regular review to ensure their continued effectiveness.

You can read our current safeguarding policy here.

ISI adopts the definition used in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 (Introduction), which defines safeguarding and promoting children and young people’s welfare as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.