I have recently been reviewing the S11 reports for 2017-18 that schools submitted. In response to the question on record keeping, 86% of Newham schools indicated that they retain a copy of the child protection records, whilst 6% stated they do not keep the records and a further 7% did not respond to the question
In the event of a Learning Review undertaken by the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) or a child protection case audit schools are often asked about a child that may have attended their school previously, even if only for a short time.
There is no statutory guidance for schools on the retention of child protection records. The Goddard Inquiry into historical sexual abuse has stated that organisations should not destroy any records that may be relevant. This has been included in the updated version of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018.
I know many of your schools use Safeguard which is an excellent recording system and it does transfer across when a child changes school. However I came across this document and thought it may be useful for you to follow the link which sets out and responds to a range of frequently asked questions in relation to child protection record keeping.