ISI report to the Department for Education on the extent to which schools meet their responsibilities to safeguard children.

This section provides information around how we inspect safeguarding and our safeguarding policy.

ISI does not investigate specific safeguarding allegations or concerns. This is the remit of the police and/or the local authority.

If you have a concern relating to safeguarding at a school ISI inspects, please refer to raise a concern.

If you have serious concerns about a child’s safety or wellbeing you should contact your local children’s services team and/or the Designated Safeguarding Lead at the school. If you believe that a crime may have been committed or a child is in immediate danger, call 999.

In this section:

Statutory guidance
Safeguarding update
Raise a concern


  • What should I do if I think a child is at risk?

  • If a child is in immediate danger, call 999. If you think a child is at risk, contact the children’s social care team at their local council...

  • How do I raise a concern?

  • If you wish to raise a concern with ISI about a school, you can email All such communications are confidential and will...

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