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Dear Clare

Discussion in 'Governors' started by redruth, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. Is there any legal reason why a staff governor cannot be the nominated Child Protection Governor?
     
  2. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    I don't think so, but let's see what Clare thinks ...
     
  3. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    No legal reason, although it might be considered that monitoring of that aspect is better done by someone who doesn't work in the school to avoid the potential conflict of interest that could arise if someone in their role as governor is monitoring the head's effectiveness but that same person in their day job is line managed by the head (directly or indirectly).

    There's no legal requirement to have a link governor for CP or safeguarding at all. If you do have one it's usual to link for Safeguarding not just CP.
     
  4. Not that I am aware of. There tends to be quite a wide difference between what people think staff governors are not eligible to do and what the Regulations say. In fact there are very few governor roles that staff governors may not undertake They are prohibited (apart from the headteacher) from being present at discussions relating to the salary or performance management of other staff members, but they only need to leave the room for the relevant discussion and would not be party to the minutes of the discussion. Other than that they are bound by the same rules as any other governor as regards pecuniary interest or conflict of interest - these are set out in amendments to the School Governance (Procedures) England Regulations 2003.
    Clare Collins
     

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