Safeguarding children is central to ISI’s work. By ‘safeguarding’, ISI means 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 and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

You can read how we inspect safeguarding here.

You can read our current safeguarding policy here.

Readers with concerns about a child, including about abuse whether now or relating to former pupils (in the case of child sexual abuse), should refer to Concerns about a School. It is not the role of inspection to investigate and make findings on specific safeguarding allegations or concerns, that is the remit of the police and / or local authority. Contact details for the relevant agencies are included in the safeguarding policy of each school published on the school website. Inspectors do consider how schools are handling safeguarding matters over time in order to assess whether they meet regulatory requirements.