Policy update

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019

what are the changes?

This is the first of five steps to embed Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 into your setting .

Thank Brexit that the changes to KCSiE 2019 are quite limited with only 18 amendments compared to the 51 changes last year. These are all set out in Annex H of the guidance, but most are changes of order rather than changes of content, or so minor they will not be affecting your policies.

We’ve set out each of the changes that may impact on your policy below, or you can download these as a Word document checklist at the bottom of the page.

  1. Ensure your policy reflects your local safeguarding partnership arrangements. The last guidance talked about transitional arrangements but by the end of June all areas should be clear about the change they have made. Make sure you are using the correct terminology – there’s more in the draft guidance paragraphs 68-75.
  2. Include the definition of upskirting in your policy as part of how you respond to peer on peer abuse and sexual harassment. We will be talking more about how you can ensure your staff are brought up to date later in the week. You could use the following, taken from paragraph 27 of the guidance:

    ‘Upskirting’ typically involves taking a picture under a person’s clothing without them knowing, with the intention of viewing their genitals or buttocks to obtain sexual gratification, or cause the victim humiliation, distress or alarm. It is now a criminal offence and may constitute sexual harassment

  3. Ensure your policy captures the emphasis on serious violence, now set out in paragraphs 29 & 30. You may wish to include indicators of concern or more information from our resource page on Child Criminal Exploitation. This area is not new, but has added emphasis in the guidance.
  4. Alongside the draft KCSiE 2019 the DfE published Teaching Online Safety in Schools. This is a useful reminder to include reporting and acting on online safety concerns in the child protection policy, school behaviour policy and bullying policy. “Pupils should be just as clear about what is expected of them online as offline”.
  5. Amend your child protection policy and whistleblowing policy to reflect the NSPCC’s new helpline details: You can include the link to information on the NSPCC’s website. Staff can also call 0800 028 0285 from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday or email help@nspcc.org.uk.
  6. Where you talk about proactive approaches to safeguarding be sure to mention your setting’s work around relationships education, relationships & sex education and health education.
  7. Ensure policies relating to the recruitment of governors mention the requirement for s128 checks (not required for associate members on committees)
  8. And finally… change all those pesky KCSiE 2018 references to KCSiE 2019!

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  • KCSiE 2019 policy update checklist

    Each of the changes in Keeping Children Safe in Education and how they may impact on education setting policies.

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 presentation

    This short PowerPoint presentation highlights the key changes in the new guidance to support INSET days and similar

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