COBIS schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. All applicants to COBIS schools must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and Disclosure and Barring Service checks. COBIS requires all prospective and member schools to complete mandatory regular training in both Safer Recruitment and Child Protection.

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Department for Education (UK) Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment Guidance

As a guide for COBIS Schools, the following statutory guidance from the Department for Education sets out the responsibilities of all local authorities, schools and Further Education (FE) colleges in England to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.

  • View the full DfE guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education on the DfE website here.

Safer Recruitment and Child Protection Training

COBIS offers a range of training opportunities related to Safer Recruitment, Child Protection, and Safeguarding.

  • Click here to read about Child Protection Courses
  • Click here to read about the COBIS/EduCare online training opportunities

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

In 2012 the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged to form a new organisation, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

COBIS member schools and non-member schools can access the COBIS service administering Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

Click here for full details.

International Child Protection Certificate

COBIS, as a member of the Project Board, supported the launch of the International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC) by The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) in the UK.

Click here for full details.

The International Task Force on Child Protection

The International Task Force on Child Protection (ITFCP) was formed in April 2014 to help international school communities address child protection challenges.

For more information please click here.

To download the June 2016 Report, please click here.

Education Portal

The International Task Force on Child Protection (ITFCP) and the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) have worked in partnership to develop an Education Portal where schools can access child protection resources and report suspected or known abuse. Please click here to access the Education Portal.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, or UNCRC, is the basis of all of Unicef’s work. It is the most complete statement of children’s rights ever produced and is the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty in history.

Department for Education (DfE) Guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education - Revision

In September 2016 the DfE issued a revised version of the statutory guidance - Keeping Children Safe in Education. This is a useful guide for COBIS Schools which sets out the responsibilities of all local authorities, schools and Further Education colleges (in England) to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.

Download the Guidance

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