Why Safeguarding and Security Is So Important For Schools

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School safeguarding measures can often be overlooked or neglected as a priority. However, the implementation of security and safety measures for schools is extremely important in keeping your school safe. In this short guide, we’ll go over why exactly safeguarding is so important for schools and what it can have.


UK Government Regulations and Guidelines

The first reason why your school should make sure that it has sufficient safety and security measures in place, is so that it adheres to government guidelines. These guidelines set out certain aspects that your school should focus on when considering a security and safety policy.

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They include things that should be factored in, such as how you’ll prevent issues such as vandalism, incidents involving weapons and intrusion, as well as how your plans should be created so that they’re realistic, easy to follow and understand. The guidelines also include the legal obligations your school has to adhere to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

You can discover more info on these guidelines here.

Failing to put proper security and safeguarding measures in place, as suggested by the government, can actually impact your Ofsted score. Many schools in the UK are now being failed by Ofsted due to insufficient levels of school safety.


Keeping Your Learning Environment Safe

Another reason why safeguarding is so important in schools is an obvious one – learning safety. Safety within schools should be the top priority, which is why carefully considering the right security measures for your school is so important – without them you might allow greater opportunity for threats and hazards. Incidents such as vandalism, theft and trespassing are still common in educational facilities, especially during holidays and weekends.

All schools are different – built differently, of different sizes, and located in different areas, which means that no one solution will fit every school. Taking the time to plan out emergency procedures, security measures and prevention tactics, is important in making sure that your students and staff are in the safest possible environment at all times.

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If you would like to explore the perfect custom solution for your school or college, please get in touch with us.

By utilising the correct security and safety measures, you’ll help your school to:


  • Remain safe during emergencies
  • Prevent unauthorised access
  • Deter criminal activity
  • Support students and staff when needed


How Can Aegis Support Services Help?

Here at Aegis, we’ve got years of experience in helping schools and colleges to remain safe and secure at all times. By providing your school with the perfect custom solution, we’re able to minimise the risk of any potential hazards in your area.

Whether you need support with remote access and CCTV surveillance over holidays and weekends, safeguarding officers and visitor tracking during school hours, or emergency and alarm systems – we are able to provide you with fantastic service that won’t let you down.

For more information on any of the services that we can provide you, please visit our Service Pages. If you’d like to discuss which specific measures could help your school to become safer, please get in touch with us so that we can advise you on the best solution.