Teachers and lecturers are not legally obliged to inform parents or guardians automatically of confidential disclosures by students, such as those concerning their emotional lives.
Relationship abuse between young people is a problem that many education staff will come across in their schools and colleges.
Please note that these definitions are not necessarily legal definitions.
Every Child Matters, supported by the Children Act 2004, establishes the principle that all children deserve an opportunity to achieve their full potential.
It is well documented that there are many safeguarding issues in schools. There is much debate around the responsibilities of staff to report children they are concerned about and to intervene in inappropriate behaviour.
Children will talk about their concerns and problems with people they feel they can trust and they feel comfortable with. All staff and volunteers in an education establishment must know how to respond to a child's concerns and who to approach for advice.
Allegations against other members of staff can be particularly difficult for an individual to report, especially if the member of staff is more senior. However, if you have concerns about how a colleague is behaving towards children you should discuss this with the designated officer.
There are various different pieces of legislation that set out the roles and responsibilities for the welfare of children, and these are summarised below for schools and FE colleges (statutory responsibilities for safeguarding and child protection only apply to students under 18 years of age).