Safeguarding in Education

Safeguarding children and young people is everyone’s responsibility. However Early years and Education providers play a unique role due to their frequent contact with children and families and the relationships that develop over time.

The Early Years and Education Safeguarding Team based in Support Services for Education (SSE), provide advice, information and guidance to early years and educational settings on their safeguarding arrangements and practice. Our aim is equip education staff with the knowledge and skills to protect every child and young person in Somerset from harm support them to develop their potential and to create an environment where they feel safe to learn.

Safeguarding advice is available to all Somerset Education Providers through geographically-based safeguarding groups, early year cluster groups, provider evenings and the safeguarding newsletter.

Education Safeguarding sits within the Education Welfare Service; part of Support Services for Education. The Education Safeguarding Advisor and Early Years Safeguarding Advisor are available for support and advice please contact:

Tony Waller, Service manager – or 01823 355941
Jane Weatherill, Schools and Colleges
Kate Kift, Early Years –

All mainstream schools or academies can also contact their appointed EWO.

For all education Safeguarding information, please visit the Support Services for Education website