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The Children and Families Act 2014 amends section 22 of the Children Act 1989
to require every local authority in England to appoint an officer employed by the
authority, or another authority, to make sure that its duty to promote the
educational achievement of its looked after children is properly discharged. That
officer is referred to as the Virtual School Head (VSH).
This document contains information on what schools and colleges should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools and colleges must comply in order to keep children safe. It should be read alongside statutory guidance Working together to safeguard children, and departmental advice What to do if you are worried a child is being abused- Advice for practitioners.
The policy is on two parts – Part A is an overarching policy for the Elliot Foundation and applies to all academies. It should be adapted with individual academy names. Part B provides a template for academies to adapt to the detail of their own specific circumstances.
The Elliot Foundation and its constituent academies fully recognise our legal
responsibilities for safeguarding children and child protection, as set out in the
policy legal framework.