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Safeguarding Audit / External Review


As a new headteacher expecting an imminent Ofsted inspection, I felt I needed external quality assurance from a safeguarding professional. Brightcore was that company and Oliver Welsby provided a fantastic service. So far, we have booked him twice: once to do the aduit and then again 12 months later to show progress and give the school further points for improvement. Oliver was fully professional and his knowledge around safeaguarding is second to none, whether this be current practice, KCSIE updates, case reviews, or DfE/Ofsted requirements. Beore his arrival, Oliver audited our website and reviwed our policies and, during the meetings, shared documents and risk assesments that further enchanced our provision. I have shared Brightcore's details with other headteachers and schools and have no hesitation in recommending Brightcore to any school or organisation that deals with the welfare of children.


St Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary School 

Working with you and your team

Safeguarding and Child Protection legislation and guidance is updated frequently and can often be complex. At brightcore consultancy we provide a wealth of experience, knowledge and understanding to enable you to be confident that you remain fully informed, up to date and compliant.

Our bespoke and highly-rated Safeguarding audit / external review service enables you to independently evaluate and improve the safeguarding provision within your organisation. The core purpose is to provide expert support and develop an individual high-quality improvement plan to form part of your wider strategic development and to ensure that you confidently meet all current statutory and regulatory requirements.

What does a full safeguarding review look like?

We can tailor the review process to meet your specific requirements however our standard full safeguarding review is incredibly thorough and involves a three-day process (including a full day on site):


1. A pre-visit review of your website and all available policies that relate to safeguarding 

2. A review of your annual safeguarding audit and action plan (submitted either in advance or on the day) 

3. Meetings with the DSL & DDSL, the IT lead, the senior administrative officer/HR lead, the Safeguarding Governor/Trustee, the PSHE/RSHE curriculum lead, The Educational Visits Coordinator, The Designated Senior Mental Health Lead, SENDCO, The Attendance Officer, a sample of staff, a sample of pupils/students, and a tour of the site. 

4. A review of documentation including the Single Central Record, case management & the recording of concerns, training logs, Health and Safety Policy, Medical Needs Policy, Attendance Policy, LAC Policy, Anti-Bullying Policy, Physical Intervention Policy, safeguarding information for visitors, and the Online Safety Policy and Agreement Forms (These policies will all be reviewed in advance if they are available on your website).

5. A review of the way the school manages the safeguarding agenda, including roles, responsibilities (and whether they translate across into job descriptions).

Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about any of the above.

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