How to become a School Safeguarding Officer

Our career advice page will tell you everything you need to know about becoming a School Safeguarding Officer.

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Job Overview

A School Safeguarding Officer is the first point of contact for staff and students with their safeguarding concerns. They are responsible for ensuring safety whilst at school, and work to solve any issues with behaviour and attendance and to be able to supply parents and carers with information regarding pupils.

What qualifications do I need to become a School Safeguarding Officer?

  • For a Level 2 School Safeguarding Officer course, you may need 2 GCSEs at 9-3 (A*-D)
  • For a Level 3 School Safeguarding Officer course, you may need 4 GCSEs at 9-4 (A*-C)
  • For an apprenticeship, you may need 5 GCSEs at 9-3 (A*-C)

Work Hours

37-40 hours a week subject to term times. Some staff work all year round while some take term holidays.


Income varies from £19,000 to £33,000, depending on experience and whether the role is part-time or full-time.

General Duties

Work closely with teachers and parents to solve attendance issues, monitoring progress, handle sensitive information, following safeguarding protocol, meet deadlines and targets



April to mid-July

The summer term stretches from the end of the Easter break to mid-July.

It includes a half term week long holiday in late May.

This is usually the busiest time, with later students sitting their GCSE’s.

September to December

The academic school year starts in early September, with the term stretching till Christmas.

The winter term is a half term holiday, usually a week long at the end of October.

Most schools have a 2 week end of term holiday stretching over New Year and Christmas.

January to March/April

This is the spring term and stretches from early January to Easter.

Easter usually falls on a different weekend each year, so the end of term two-week break can be either early April or late March.

This term also included a week-long half term break, usually in mid-February.

Work experience for a School Safeguarding Officer

You can gain relevant School Safeguarding Officer  work experience through working with children, examples of this are:

  • Community Activities- Such as cubs, scouts, football coach.
  • Volunteering- Helping out at summer camps, day trips and after-school activities.
  • Work Experience Placement- Depending on your education level, you may be able to gain a work experience placement as a School Safeguarding Officer.
  • Tutoring/Mentoring.
  • Experience of showing problem solving/conflict resolution.

Please note you may require a DBS check.

Tip: Make sure the experience is with a similar age group as the children you would be working with as a School Safeguarding Officer.

What skills does a School Safeguarding Officer need?

You’ll need a range of skills for a School Safeguarding Officer . These include:

  • Excellent communication and listening
  • Ability to remain calm
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to be able to build relationships
  • Be able to adapt to work on different activities
  • Sensitivity and understanding