Hi All, First time poster here, please excuse if I have placed in the wrong category. I'm wondering if you can help me out with some research I've been asked to do. I'll be straight... I am trying to find out what teachers feel towards Ofsted's recent buzzword 'Safeguarding' and in particular the necessary inclusion of ID badges to increase security. Do they have a positive place improving school security or are they seen as a needless hassle that offers little or no increased safety in schools? Improving school security is not as simple as hiring a guard at the gate. Horrid events such as Dunblane and the Columbine high school shooting indicate it is far better to prepare and save lives than just stay optimistic. Improving school security means taking a holistic approach to seeing the school as a vital asset and developing a partnership among teachers, students, parents and the community. There is definitely a feeling of controversy towards the effectiveness of ID badges as a security measure which in this particular primary teacher thread leads me to think there are huge concerns related to the overall concept, let alone in regards to the feeling of 'just another needless security measure': "A Yr 8 girl commented that if were wearing badges then therefore we were peadophiles!!!!! - Another Yr 8 told the nearly 30 years of service teacher, 'everyone knows you're a teacher why should you have to wear the badge?' - No facilties to cope with the someone forgetting to bring it in! - H&S risk for PE staff and DT/Science teachers - PE technician got his caught up in a javalin on the first day!" Does it seem like the companies responsible for supplying ID badges have not considered all the necessary needs and worked closely with schools to provide a solution to these problems? On the flip-side, positive praise to the inclusion of ID badges when used as part of an overall 'daily' security regimen can be sited in this particular Leader Education Magazine article: "Lea Valley High School in Enfield was rated outstanding for safeguarding by Ofsted in November 2009. Its staff are reminded about wearing their ID and checking visitors' badges in a daily briefing and the staff bulletin. Their ID cards are also used for the cashless system in the dining hall - an added incentive not to forget them. It is not unheard of for staff to lose their own ID, which means paying for a replacement. The school policy which requires ID to be worn at all times was drawn up to ensure that students and staff are not put at risk by unauthorised people wandering around unrecognised." So what are your thoughts on the 'pros & cons' of photo ID badges? What do you think can be done to improve an comfortable, effective and universally accepted form of security identification?