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In June 2004 The Bichard Inquiry Report was published in response to the conviction of a caretaker, for the murder of 2 young girls at his school.

The inquiry was set up in response to the concerns that important information that was known to the authorities had not emerged during the employment vetting check. The role of the enquiry was to assess the effectiveness of the relevant intelligence-based record keeping, vetting
practices and information sharing with other agencies.
From this report, national guidance was issued to ensure that those employed in all areas of education were safe to work with children.

All agencies, including the voluntary and faith sector, where workers come into contact with children, need to ensure that they adhere to this guidance in their own practice and ensure they have robust and effective recruitment and employment policies and procedures in place. 

The Sheffield Children Safeguarding Partnership (SCSP) provides a framework for partner agencies to ensure that all staff, volunteers and contractors are recruited and supervised in a manner that best ensures the safety of children and young people in Sheffield.

All safeguarding partners have a responsibility to co-ordinate what they do and ensure it is effective. The SCSP has a duty to monitor their work through peer reviews, self-evaluation, performance indicators and joint audits. 

SCSP policies:

This website:

National guidance:

Other relevant information can be found on this website here: Information and resources or in the index on the left side of this page.

If you are concerned about a child or young person, follow this link: Referring a safeguarding concern to Children’s Social Care

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