DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education

DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 is statutory guidance that schools in England must have regard to when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. School are asked to ensure that all staff in their school read at least Part One of the guidance. Senior leaders, governors and those responsible for safeguarding are expected to read the whole document.
In summary, the changes to the 2019 document include:
• The need for each school to have their own effective child protection policy which describes locally agreed inter-agency procedures put in place by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB). This clarifies the situation for schools that may form part of a larger academy trust that crosses local authority boundaries
• Additional advice regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges which now takes up Section 5 in the guidance; please note that the DfE Advice on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment was published this month and the inclusion in KCSIE 2018 will make it statutory. Schools will need to ensure that their policies, procedures and staff training include sexual violence and sexual harassment
• Closely aligned to the guidance on sexual violence and harassment are the proposed changes to peer on peer abuse and the information that now needs to be covered in the school’s child protection policy. The guidance provides a clear definition of peer on peer abuse and specific factors that members of staff need to consider when dealing with these types of incidents
• The guidance also introduces the concept of ‘contextual safeguarding’ which highlights the importance of understanding the child’s wider social setting and how that can help schools to manage risk. This is particularly prevalent to concerns associated with peer on peer abuse
• Additional guidance about when DBS checks are required, for example when to refer to the DBS if an individual is suspended; when an enhanced DBS certificate is not required; and clarity about section 128 barring decisions and DBS checks for academy trusts
• Advice on the use of the internet by children (especially mobile devices) when on school premises
• Additional advice and more emphasis on care leavers, previously looked after children and children with SEN and disabilities and the factors that need to be considered for inclusion in school safeguarding policies
• The need for schools to have more than one emergency contact number for each child
• Clarity about obtaining DBS checks for UK host families who provide homestay to pupils during exchange visits
• Advice on the use of reasonable force by members of staff
• Additional guidance on proprietor-led schools and the Designated Safeguarding Lead in this setting
• The need for schools to obtain a written statement from alternative providers on vetting and barring checks
• Clarity about the minimum information that must be recorded on the Single Central Record and the fact that Multi-Academy Trusts do not need to have a separate record for each school
• Additional guidance about the completion of risk assessments for volunteers
• Guidance on staff training and the need to include the school’s behaviour policy, the procedures for managing children missing education, the staff code of conduct and the child protection policy

Please click here to access Keeping Children Safe in Education.

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