Keeping Children Safe in Education Knowledge Check

This online course tests participants knowledge of Part 1 and Annex A of Keeping Children Safe in Education, reinforcing understanding and providing confirmation to DSLs that their staff have read the guidance.

Requirements on schools

Part one of Keeping Children Safe in Education states that governing bodies of maintained schools and proprietors of independent schools “should ensure that all staff in their school or college read at least Part one of this guidance.”  Schools should also ensure that staff are assisted to understand and discharge their role and responsibilities as set out in Part one. The guidance also sets out that individuals who work directly with children should also read Annex A.

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Understanding responsibilities

How do you assist staff to “understand and discharge their role and responsibilities”?  At safeguarding network we have developed an online Knowledge Check to help you check your staff not only say they’ve read the guidance, but can evidence they understand it.

Consisting of two sections, the knowledge check looks at the formal requirements set out in Part one of Keeping Children Safe in Education, then testsusers understanding of what this means for the children and young people you work with.

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Checking requirements are met

Section one of the check asks staff what role they have in school and then determines which parts of Keeping Children Safe in Education they should read, as well as providing links to the relevant documents.  This section also requires staff to record the date that they read Part one and confirm where necessary that they have read Annex A.  Finally there are checks that they have read other required policies and they can identify who their DSL is.

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Testing understanding

Section two of the knowledge check  tests understanding through multiple choice questions and scenarios.  Participants must achieve over 75% to pass – you’ll have access to their certificate to evidence this.  Feedback is provided for each question, and users who do not pass have the opportunity to take section 2 again.

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Reporting back

The system has real time reporting on who has completed the check and answers that have been provided to Part 1. There are also options for the DSL to email staff to ensure they have completed the check. A compliance spreadsheet can be downloaded at any time.

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If your school subscribes to safeguarding network then the knowledge check costs just 99p+VAT per person. The Designated Safeguarding Lead can agree access for staff through the ‘Your Setting‘ page. Membership is £99+VAT a term for the whole school and includes our Keeping Children Safe in Education audit tool, together with regular in-house training packs for your staff on Keeping Children Safe in Education topics, providing a robust and systematic approach to meet the requirements of the guidance in line with the Ofsted framework. Click here to find out more or join.

If your school does not subscribe to safeguarding network the knowledge check costs £27+VAT per user.  For access please contact us and we will discuss your needs with you.

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  • Monthly training resources to use in staff meetings;
  • Reference documents for additional information;
  • Handouts for school staff summarising each topic;
  • Quiz/scenarios to test staff understanding.
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