Guidance for schools and colleges to support them keeping children safe, including online, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers



This guidance is applicable to 31 May 2020 and will be reviewed before 1 June 2020.

This guidance is for schools, colleges and education providers including:

  • local-authority-maintained schools (including maintained nursery schools)
  • academies including:
    • multi-academy trusts
    • free schools
    • alternative provision (AP) academies
  • pupil referral units
  • independent schools
  • further education (FE) colleges
  • sixth-form colleges
  • institutions designated as being in the FE sector
  • other FE providers, funded by ESFA, such as:
    • 16 to 19 academies
    • independent learning providers
    • special post-16 institutions

It aims to support schools and colleges to keep children safe.

Published 27 March 2020
Last updated 20 May 2020 + show all updates

  1. Updated to provide guidance on what schools and colleges should be thinking about as they plan for more children to return from week commencing 1 June – especially around updating the child protection policy, designated safeguarding lead arrangements, protecting vulnerable children and mental health.

  2. First published.