A whole-school online application to proactively detect hidden safeguarding risks that otherwise could go undetected.


Of schools say STEER has enabled them to identify vulnerable students earlier

Product Overview

Every educational leader asks – could we do more to protect our young people? STEER Safeguarding enables schools to do more than simply report incidents of concern.

STEER Safeguarding uses a unique student-voice assessment to allow schools to see the whole picture of concerns around a young person, both in school and out of school, then proactively initiate conversations and actions.

Used during recent school lockdowns to safeguard more than 70,000 young people, STEER Safeguarding means you won’t miss a crucial piece of the jigsaw.

What is it

The STEER Safeguarding module extends the STEER assessment by just 5 minutes.

The ground-breaking online student voice assessment flags young people who face safeguarding risks in school, outside school, or both. The assessment overcomes the obstacles schools encounter by identifying students with hidden safeguarding risks early.

How it works

The STEER Safeguarding assessment picks up the effects of hidden safeguarding risks on the thinking of a young person.

For example bullying, grooming, abuse, or family or school pressures. The assessment is able to determine whether the hidden safeguarding risks lie in school, outside school, or both.

The benefit

Schools can add STEER’s Safeguarding hidden risk flags to their existing safeguarding reporting.

This additional flag enables teachers to act faster. Don’t wait for a visible safeguarding indicator – be proactive, investigate concerns sooner.

Safeguarding in more detail

Add STEER Safeguarding to STEER Tracking

Easily and quickly identify priority students who face the highest additional safeguarding risk factors outside school

Hear pupils’ hidden voice

React sooner when safeguarding risks first emerge, before they may become visible through any tangible sign

Proactively detect risks in school and outside

Integrate your STEER data with wider safeguarding information, to build a more rounded picture of risks and concerns

Respond earlier

Investigate more carefully, guided by suggested lines of follow up provided by STEER Safeguarding

AET Trust Safeguarding Lead -

Steer has enabled our academies to identify students with hidden vulnerabilities, those who might otherwise remain hidden.

Deputy Head - Monkton Combe School

STEER has enabled us to identify at a really early stage those pupils who are at a hidden risk of developing social and emotional difficulties and how to help them.

Governor - UK school

The accuracy and focus that STEER brings to the school's pastoral care means that we, as a Board, have huge confidence that we are discharging our duty.

Emma Trelawny Vernon - St Ronan's School

We couldn’t imagine being without STEER’s extra, invaluable set of pastoral eyes.

Designated Safeguarding Lead - Cranleigh School

We think we have excellent pastoral systems. Using STEER allows us to pick up what we do not see and react to it

Deputy Head - UK School

The tool had flagged one of the most assured boys in the year. But when I talked to him 1:1 he just burst into tears. We were then able to help.

Educational Inspector - INCYTE Inspections Report

The Steer programme has been highly successful in identifying pupils’ mental health and wellbeing needs and addressing these.

Designated Safeguarding Lead - UK school

STEER has significantly reduced the number of our pupils in need of critical pastoral support, a claim I can evidence

Educational Inspector - INCYTE Inspections Report

Because the academy has used the STEER programme proactively, there has been a significant decrease in self- harming by pupils.

Houseparent - UK independent school

STEER is oracular. It continues to predict issues which subsequently come up.

Case Study: Global School Group

We worked with a global independent school group who run over 75 schools in Europe, Asia and Latin America, including more than 35 in the UK.

Following successful launches in four UK schools in 2017, the group began a wider roll out of STEER across three regions.

The roll out involved overcoming complexities of language and culture, time and distance. A structure of regional support for Asia, Europe and the UK was created. Specific programmes for training and supporting local schools were implemented. STEER participated in a regular central feedback group to review programme progress.

In addition, STEER provided a dashboard to report on the impact STEER had on teachers’ pastoral self-efficacy.

When asked, 100% of teachers in this school group reported that STEER had enabled them to identify and support vulnerable pupils earlier.

“Cognita’s commitment to student well-being and character development are embedded in both the Core Values and the ‘Be Well Charter’ adopted worldwide by every school. Embedding STEER Tracking across the group was the obvious next step to help the all the leaders universally and consistently monitor pupils’ mental health over time, identify trends, share good practice and intervene in a timely fashion. It helped the group to demonstrate genuine impact and be true to our vision, aims and mission statements.”

Simon Antwis, Former Cognita Head Teacher and Group Data Lead

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