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Welcome to The Pupil Safeguarding Review

Welcome to The Pupil Safeguarding Review

In autumn 2022, Edurio and The Key carried out England’s largest review of children’s own feelings of safety in school and beyond. Together, we surveyed 70,000 pupils across 373 schools and 41 trusts to get an inside picture of pupils’ perceptions of their safety on a national scale. Hearing our pupils’ perspectives is vital to reflecting on and shaping effective safeguarding strategies for them.

With these insights, as leaders you can:

  • Evaluate where the policies and practices you have in place are having the intended impact for the safety of your pupils
  • Proactively identify and target any areas that could require a more robust approach to get safeguarding right in your school or trust

In autumn 2022, Edurio and The Key carried out England’s largest review of children’s own feelings of safety in school and beyond. Together, we surveyed 70,000 pupils across 373 schools and 41 trusts to get an inside picture of pupils’ perceptions of their safety on a national scale. Hearing our pupils’ perspectives is vital to reflecting on and shaping effective safeguarding strategies for them.

With these insights, as leaders, you can:

  • Evaluate where the policies and practices you have in place are having the intended impact for the safety of your pupils
  • Proactively identify and target any areas that could require a more robust approach to get safeguarding right in your school or trust

Second report is now LIVE

Second report is now LIVE

You may have already read our first report, which explores whether pupils in English schools feel safe and if they know what to do if they do not. The second report delves deeper into the data collected as part of the review, focusing on safeguarding in the curriculum. Sign up below to receive the report.

You may have already read our first report, which explores whether pupils in English schools feel safe and if they know what to do if they do not. The second report delves deeper into the data collected as part of the review, focusing on safeguarding in the curriculum. Sign up below to receive the report.

Pupil Safeguarding Report Safeguarding in the curriculum

Within the newest report (access it by signing up here), we explore three areas centred around safeguarding in the curriculum.

  • Coverage of the RSE/PSHE curriculum: what pupils have learnt and what they would like to learn more about
  • Pupil perceptions of value: how useful they perceived their lessons to be and what they think would make their lessons more useful
  • Support from teachers: how often their teachers could answer their questions on RSE, and the types of questions teachers couldn't answer
Pupil Safeguarding Report_ Do pupils in English schools feel safe

The first report explores whether pupils in English schools feel safe and if they know what to do if they do not. 

  • Overall safety: whilst the majority of pupils feel safe, around a quarter felt only fairly safe, not very safe, or not at all.
  • Safety and demography: across all demographic groups analysed, a higher proportion of pupils feel safer online than they do in school or out of school.
  • Access to help: whilst 61% of pupils who haven’t felt unsafe say they would speak to an adult at school if they did, only 26% of pupils who actually felt unsafe did speak to someone.

About the project authors

About the project authors

Our aim is to support schools and trusts to keep every pupil safe. To do this, we believe the sector needs to come together to support schools and trusts in new and different ways.

This is why we’re delighted by the combined capabilities of Edurio and The Key. Together we can help schools and trusts to assess where, and for which pupil groups, their policies and practices are working – and which areas need more attention and a more robust approach. We can then collaborate with schools and trusts to define and implement the approach that’s right for them.

All with the shared goal of raising safeguarding effectiveness in our schools and trusts, to make sure that every pupil is safe.

Our aim is to support schools and trusts to keep every pupil safe. To do this, we believe the sector needs to come together to support schools and trusts in new and different ways.

This is why we’re delighted by the combined capabilities of Edurio and The Key. Together we can help schools and trusts to assess where and for which pupil groups, their policies and practices are working – and which areas need more attention and a more robust approach. We can then collaborate with schools and trusts to define and implement the approach that’s right for them.

All with the shared goal of raising safeguarding effectiveness in our schools and trusts, to make sure that every pupil is safe.

Edurio (white & small)

Edurio is the UK’s leading stakeholder feedback platform for schools. We help school leaders make informed decisions that drive progress in school development. With Edurio’s stakeholder surveys and up-to-date benchmarks, you know where you are now - and where to go next - on the things that matter most.

The Key (white & small)

The Key is the leading provider of support for schools and trusts. The Key's whole-school approach gives leaders one trusted source to turn to for any challenge, equipping them with highly accurate, expertly synthesised and context-rich resources, guidance and CPD. Over 4,000 schools use The Key's safeguarding services.