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The draft is now out!

We've analysed the new draft guidance and drawn out below actions every DSL should take.

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Step 1

Make time to understand the guidance

What's not changed?

There are no major systemic changes in the draft of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) 2024 – these have been deferred to next year and the Government began a call for evidence on safeguarding in schools and colleges which is planned to close on 20th June 2024. Ministers decided this year’s guidance should contain only “technical changes … with a view to providing a more substantively updated document, encompassing wider changes, to be delivered in 2025”.

It may be that the implications of key changes outlined in Working Together to Safeguard Children (WTtSC) 2023 on education staff will be looked at then. In the meantime, we have added a reminder of two of these in steps 4 and 5 for you to consider. Check out our WTtSC web page for details of other changes and resources to help you with them.

What is different?

A summary of the changes that have taken place are set out in Step 2. The DfE have indicated that there will be some additional changes in the final draft, so do check back to find out about them too. Safeguarding Network are always there to help further. It’s easy to join from just £99+vat a term so you’re part of a network of DSLs working on KCSiE together.

Step 1 Resources

  • Join Safeguarding network

  • Fortnightly bulletin

Step 2

Making the changes

Understand the changes in KCSiE 2024

We’ve summarised the main changes in KCSiE below, but you should also read the document to be sure you are confident and competent in your role. If you have subscribed to the free Safeguarding Network fortnightly bulletin you will have access to a full detailed list of all the KCSiE changes.

Policy amendments

You may need to update your safeguarding policy, induction training, and approach around working with alternative education provision.

Step 2
Summary of key changes

The Summary 

No substantive changes.

Part one - Safeguarding information for all staff

The safeguarding definition has been changed in line with WTtSC 2023, as have the triggers for Early Help.

There is an increased emphasis on child exploitation.

There is now specific mention of the impact on children seeing, hearing or experiencing the effects of domestic abuse within the general definition of abuse. We offer a free domestic abuse training pack for schools and colleges to use in staff meetings.

Part two - The management of safeguarding

A cross reference to the Data Protection in Schools toolkit has been added, underscoring the importance that settings understand how to protect data properly and prevent data breaches.

Clarity of the responsibilities of schools towards pupils they place in alternative provision has been added, as has new responsibility for Virtual School Heads.

There are changes to the section regarding how to support children who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or gender questioning (under review pending the outcome of government guidance consultation).

Part three - Safer recruitment

No substantive changes

Part four - allegations and safeguarding concerns about staff

No substantive changes

Part five - Child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment

The definition of Early Help has been changed

Annexes

In Annex B:

The indicators of CCE and CSE now include reference to both perpetrators and alleged perpetrators.

Links to new age-appropriate guides to support children in the court have been added.

The list of links in the Additional Advice & Support section has been updated.

Note: the definition of extremism has not yet been updated in line with the update published in March 2024, however, a link to it has been provided.

In Annex C:

The requirements around record keeping have been expanded to include further detail

Step 3

Briefing your staff

All staff will need to be briefed about any significant changes.

Consider how you are going to update staff. Safeguarding Network members will have access to our General Safeguarding Training Pack which is updated annually in line with the new guidance. Keep an eye out on the webpage towards the end of summer term.

All staff must read and understand Part 1

How you do this is a matter for your discretion. Staff who do not directly work with children need only read Annex A if the governing body or proprietor think it will provide a better basis for those staff to promote the welfare of and safeguard children. If you have staff whose first language is not English, the London Grid for Learning translate KCSiE Part 1 and Annex A into various different languages.

Staff (and governors) should also be familiar with relevant parts of the rest of the guidance, dependent on their job role.

How can you be sure that staff have read and understood KCSiE 2024?

Every setting should “ensure that mechanisms in place to assist staff to understand and discharge their roles and responsibilities as set out in Part one (or Annex A if appropriate) of this guidance”. The guidance requires you demonstrate understanding, not just a list of people who have signed to say they read the document.

Our Keeping Children Safe in Education Knowledge Check will help – it points people to the right part of the guidance, asks when they read it, quizzes them on their knowledge and on the application of their knowledge with scenario-based questions. Nearly 22,000 people completed it last year, and it too is updated annually in line with the new guidance. Keep an eye out on our e-learning webpage towards the end of summer term.

Step 3 Resources

  • KCSiE Knowledge check

  • London Grid for Learning KCSiE Part 1 and Annex A translations.

  • KCSiE Poster Free download

Step 4

Assuring your multi-agency safeguarding practice

Implementing the practice expectations

Consider how well the multi-agency expectations for practitioners (as outlined in WTtSC) are being applied in your setting. How are you and your senior leaders supporting staff to do so? What kind of learning and challenge culture do you have? Are your governors/proprietors checking and challenging safeguarding and child protection practice? Safeguarding Network offer governor membership and training. We also offer enhanced membership packages which include reflective review tools for DSLs and regular meetings with an experienced safeguarding consultant.

How embedded are the responsibilities of key roles?

How well do strategic leaders, senior and middle managers, and all staff know and implement their different responsibilities around the five key areas of collaboration, learning, resource, inclusion and mutual challenge? Consider what evidence you have of success, what the gaps are, and what training is needed. Safeguarding Network can help -check out our increasing number of training courses and e-learning on various topics.

Step 5

Working well with parents and carers

Implementing the principles

How well do staff who work with parents and carers understand and implement the four principles of effective partnership – building positive relationships, respectful communication, empowering participation, and seeking and valuing their contributions? How well are the principles reflected in your safeguarding and related policies, as well as staff practice?

How embedded are the responsibilities of relevant staff?

All staff whose role includes working with children’s families need to fully understand and implement the principles for working with parents and carers. How do you check and monitor that this is happening? Do your staff need additional training? Do your parents/carers know what to expect?

The last step

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