July DSL materials

The draft Keeping Children Safe in Education was published last Thursday morning and we've already produced a suite of resources to ensure you are ready for the new school year.

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Teaching online safety in school was published at the same time as Keeping Children Safe in Education. This new guidance pulls together curriculum, safeguarding and other considerations together into one document.

We'll be reviewing it shortly in our fortnightly safeguarding bulletin.

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We've had some great feedback from one of our schools who had an Ofsted inspection last term. The inspector described the materials as 'brilliant' and felt they had been a 'game-changer' for the school. Well done on a great inspection outcome!

Ofsted published their safeguarding inspection framework back in May. Safeguarding Network helps you evidence your have "clear and effective arrangements for staff development and training". Ensure you show them the safeguarding calendar.

What is new in KCSiE 2019?

The significant changes are set out in Annex H. We've devised some tools to help you implement the changes including a policy checklist and training packs.The changes are as follows:

Part 1 and Annex A

  • Part 1 – revised to improve the flow. While the content has not been changed some information on abuse and neglect has been moved to the “What school and college staff should look out for” section.
  • Upskirting has now been included in Keeping Children Safe in Education as it is a criminal offence, and additional pargraphs have been added on serious violence.
  • NSPCC whistleblowing helpline updated – now 0800 028 0285.
  • Annex A has had a slight amendment to the children with family members to ensure this covers England & Wales, added Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation into the so-called ‘honour’ based violence section to clarify they are included, and added information on upskirting.

Other changes

  • Changes to reflect the new requirements for relationships education, relationships & sex education and health education, the implementation of the new safeguarding children partnership arrangements nationally and the new Ofsted framework.
  • Reference to s167A (prohibition on participation in the management of independent schools) has been removed.?
  • Direct link to overseas trained teachers guidance has been removed as this is currently being updated.
  • s128 checks are required on maintained school governors to ensure they are not barred (via the Teaching Regulation Agency’s website).
  • Clarity that associate members of governing bodies are not subject to DBS checks.
  • A link has been made to the new guidance on Teaching Online Safety in Schools.

Do staff have to read Part 1 (again!!)?

That's a matter for your discretion. The guidance is clear that you must "ensure that all staff in [your] school or college read at least Part one of this guidance". It's really important that staff know what is in Part 1, understand it and can apply the guidance and your policies when working with children.

We've tried to make it easy...

Fortunately the changes this year are limited, and we've suggested the following steps to support your implementation:

  1. We've a Keeping Children Safe in Education Knowledge Check that manages the process of ensuring people are familiar with KCSiE 2019 and the relevant school policies. Staff receive a certificate if they attain a sufficient mark, and you receive a report to evidence they have read, understood and can apply the guidance. No more signing a sheet to say it has been read! Contact us to pre-register your staff (99p per person) so they receive the knowledge check module and a link to the guidance as soon as it's published.
  2. Amend your child protection policy and other related policies. We've a resource page listing each area to change and have produced a Word checklist so nothing gets missed.
  3. Ensure all governers have had s128 checks. This should be in place but is made explicit in the new guidance.
  4. We've prepared a briefing on the new guidance for your staff at the start of term, together with updated training packs on sexual violence & sexual harassment (including upskirting) and on county lines (and serious violence).
  5. Plan your training schedule for next year. You may want an extra slot or two in September to ensure people are familiar with the above, then set aside 15-20 minutes a month for staff from October.


This month's scheduled resources are on children in care. With the new guidance we've also updated other key areas. You need to be a member and logged in as a DSL to access the training materials, although there's also lots of other useful information and free resources on each page.

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 update: We've a short powerpoint to take your staff through each of the changes on the first day back.

Children in Care: Resources to support your designated teacher for children in care:

  • a presentation and notes
  • a quiz and answers
  • a handout

Sexual violence & Sexual Harassment: Updated materials including upskirting:

  • a presentation and notes
  • a quiz and answers
  • a handout
  • scenarios for children in care, secondary/older primary children, and for younger children.

County Lines: Materials refreshing staff on the serious violence affecting many young people, following emphasis in KCSiE 2019:

  • a presentation and notes
  • a quiz and answers
  • a handout
  • primary and secondary scenarios.

Your CPD

We thought you might have enough to read this month with the new guidance and the work above. We will send out an additional Safeguarding Insight during July. One safeguarding insight published early on that hasn't been accessed much is on FII...

see Fabricated or Induced Illness - a matter for schools?

Keeping Children Safe in Education briefing...?

Safeguarding Network is growing month by month, but we're keen to meet more schools or homes. If you can find half a dozen organisations in your local area to join the network, they'll not only benefit from the resources but we'll come out to meet you all and offer a free DSL update session on the new guidance! Get in touch to find out more.

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Not a member...?

Every DSL has to ensure staff receive regular training and have not just read Keeping Children Safe in Education but can apply their knowledge. Each month Safeguarding Network provides you with the materials to support your staff's learning at a very low cost, a structured and comprehenisve approach to your safeguarding requirements.

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Planning ahead...

We won't be publishing materials in August as you've all gone home. In September we'll be back to support delivery of the new guidance, with training sessions on information sharing.

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